The Water Tower, one of the few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire.
This is Salvation Army's "officer training" campus. It's a freakin' awesome old house that sprawls out over at least an acre.
Mom and I caught a very early flight to Chicago on New Year's Eve.
More of the houses around me, but with snow.
WHAT IS THIS I DID NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS
And here we are with the Bean as a backdrop. It's seriously awesome, which you really can't tell from these pictures.
Well done, thou good and faithful snow boot.
Flying from Fresno back to Chicago on New Year's Eve. It was beautiful.
Mom and I take the obligatory "hey, it's us in the Bean!" photo.
My street, snowed over.
I was fascinated to see a cutoff oxbow river bend. I've heard of them but never seen one.
I saw this cheap trunk at Home Goods and wanted it for a coffee table, but couldn't transport it home. The next day, after work, I went back to measure it and see about shipping. And I decided just to strongarm it back on the bus. When Mom called to ask if I'd found out about the cost, I said, "Oh, yeah, shipping is free." Just a little sweat!
My neighborhood under snow.
The Bean, formally known as Cloudgate. I can't imagine having to clean the fingerprints off of it.
I took this picture for Mom. This bar isn't far from my apartment, and we ate several dinners there in September when I moved out. It sure looked different five months later!
Where did the cars go?!
Mom and I ready to go out for New Year's partying!
Marilyn looks cold.
The Hancock Building on a sunny (FRIGID) day.
Everything's white! Waking up to this was SO weird.