Wednesday, June 23, 2010

City Walk #17: Old Town Triangle District

This month's Real Simple had a column asking, "If you were suddenly given a free day this summer, how would you spend it?" My mind shot up its hand so fast and waved it in the air, "Me, me, pick me, I know!"

"City Walks!"

Many thanks to my friend, Kirra, for introducing me to Chicago City Walk Cards, I now have a new obsession. Maybe love is a less offensive word. I love Chicago. And because I love my city, I naturally love a deck of cards containing facts, directions, and maps to 50 different Chicago neighborhoods...that is so "yay!"

After Kirra lent me her cards, I knew this was a $14.95 that was going to have to be spent.

Exploring the rich (and I don't mean wealthy, although to some that would definitely apply) neighborhoods, most of which I have never uncovered, following the winding streets, taking in the flavors and finding the treasures and landmarks of the many nooks of this city completely sweeps me off my feet. Don't worry though, my love is not blind: the cards explore safe neighborhoods and streets.

So whenever I am feeling good and it's not pouring down rain (a heck of an elusive combination this June), I easily know how I want to spend the day.

Hey, if you live in a big city, why not find out if they have city walk cards for your city? Just spreadin' the love.

If not, by all means, please enjoy Chicago with me through my camera lens.  Enjoy the walk through the

Old Town Triangle District

{This area pre-dated the Chicago Fire & was originally settled by German Immigrants.
Today it is re-built after being destroyed by the fire, and is very affluent. The residential streets are quiet and charming!}
{A row of Queen Anne styled homes
lots of detail in the architecture}

{A darling row of houses
a less urban feel than most}

{I would love to live here}

{And drop off my mail here}

{St. Michael's Church
One of 7 buildings in the city to survive the Chicago Fire}

{Home of Joseph O'Connell, who helped Chicago get the telephone}
{Really happy with our first city walk adventure
even though it was so hot outside}

So many beautiful streets and homes in this neighborhood that I was too busy gawking at and imagining the lives of the people who live there, instead of photographing all the charm. So these few random pictures will have to do. Told you I was swept off my feet!


AmandaBeth said...

Oooh! So jealous! Keep up the city walks!! :)

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

hey, girl! you've been tagged! love ya.