On his way to Montana, my great-great-grandfather Otto stopped in Chicago to visit his brother Rudolph and to earn some more money for the onward journey. He stayed for about 4 weeks in July 1881 in the city. As he mentions his visit of the Lincoln park, I headed there to stroll the gardens. The Park was founded in 1860, and I found an area with flowerbeds dating back to the 1870’s – so probably Otto saw these same flowerbeds back then!
Further south of the park is the beautiful Chicago History Museum, with a complementary audio guide and many interactive displays for children. Just one block away from that is the Germania Hall, built by the Germania Club, the oldest german-american organization in Chicago. Today, it is an event space available to rent.
After checking out Chicago’s German neighbourhood, I also went downtown to the Navy Pier for a walk and a view on the skyline and cycled with the public bike to the Millenium Park. The Millenium Park is huge and has some great architecture (Jay Pritzer Pavillion; BP Bridge) and a massive playground for all ages of kids. The cooles place to visit however, is the Cloud Gate. It is not only pretty to look at, but you can walk around and underneath it, and it will look different each time. Really neat!
The week that I was in Chicago it happened to the the week of the annual craft beer week. I went to the grand finale on Saturday in the Welles Park (near the German neighbourhood). There were more craft beer breweries than you can ever try in one day, but the variety of beer was absolutely amazing, although I have to admit that I would not call many of those drinks beers anymore, as they can get very creative and very far away from what I consider beer.
A special thanks goes to my hosts Aleksandra & Gennadiy in Chicago.