Friday, August 29, 2014

CHICAGO TRAVEL DIARY: Grant Park Music Festival

Today more about class... I mean classical music. Thanks to our wonderful Chicago hosts, we got to know more about what's going on in the city on a daily basis. Once again,. I have to give them credit for taking such good care of us, because if it wasn't for those two, we wouldn't have spent that particular night where we did. And it sure was an evening to remember!

Now to the point... On Wednesday, after wandering through the city all day, me and my friend headed to Millennium Park section to meet with our hosts. We were supposed to have a picnic in Grant Park. What's even better, we learned that every Wednesday (in a summer) is reserved for outdoor classical music concert series. That evening, it also happened to be a 10th anniversary of the opening of Millennium Park, so we were in for a treat!

As an American Studies graduate, I have to admit experiencing American history and culture hands on is the best way to confront my knowledge.

 It was great to learn that night about the tradition of symphonic Grant Park Music Festival concerts, which began in 1935. What's even  more interesting, the idea was conceived a couple years earlier during the Great Depression area, and concerts were meant to lift spirits of Chicagoans during that challenging time.

 Well... fast forward 80 years and as you can see, it still going strong, if not stronger.

To learn more about the music series, 

We came prepared.... or should I say our HOSTS did!

Ladies and Gentlemen, THE FEAST. Let the picnic begin!

We're so fancy... you already know! DREAM TEAM. Period.

With my cross country buddy, aka partner in crime ;)

Added bonus, drinking in public was welcomed! And we sure got advantage of that...

As it got later and later, the sights only got better. I could take million pictures of the same buildings (well, actually I did) only minutes apart and the scenery would be so different.  Sunsets must be my favorite things in the world....

You know what I mean? Breathtaking!


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