Mom and I caught a very early flight to Chicago on New Year's Eve.
My first major snowfall (and the only one I really faced this year). I sure wouldn't want to drive in this! But I did learn that it takes a hell of a lot to shut this city down.
I was fascinated to see a cutoff oxbow river bend. I've heard of them but never seen one.
The amphitheater at Millennium Park. Supposedly they have great summer concerts here. It was a little cold in January to imagine summer!
So pretty. I miss this.
I was pretty impressed with this snowfall until the one that hit later in January. The second one shut a bunch of busses down. But the first one sure was pretty!
The Water Tower, one of the few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire.
'Cause I never get tired of mountains.
Everything's white! Waking up to this was SO weird.
More of the houses around me, but with snow.
The Bean, formally known as Cloudgate. I can't imagine having to clean the fingerprints off of it.
Snow falling toward one of my neighbors' ornamental lawn lights.
My neighborhood under snow.
Flying from Fresno back to Chicago on New Year's Eve. It was beautiful.
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!
Where did the cars go?!
Mom and I take the obligatory "hey, it's us in the Bean!" photo.
And here we are with the Bean as a backdrop. It's seriously awesome, which you really can't tell from these pictures.
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!