The Water Tower, one of the few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire.
The Bean, formally known as Cloudgate. I can't imagine having to clean the fingerprints off of it.
Mom and I ready to go out for New Year's partying!
Everything's white! Waking up to this was SO weird.
Mom and I take the obligatory "hey, it's us in the Bean!" photo.
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!
Snow falling toward one of my neighbors' ornamental lawn lights.
WHAT IS THIS I DID NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS
Flying from Fresno back to Chicago on New Year's Eve. It was beautiful.
Where did the cars go?!
'Cause I never get tired of mountains.
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 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!
Icicles on a church in my neighborhood.
Marilyn looks cold.
The amphitheater at Millennium Park. Supposedly they have great summer concerts here. It was a little cold in January to imagine summer!
Well done, thou good and faithful snow boot.
And here we are with the Bean as a backdrop. It's seriously awesome, which you really can't tell from these pictures.