We are back from Lake District where we had an amazing time, but we still need to sort out all the pictures we took ! The weather was fabulous, so .. I let you imagine the number of pictures that are involved in this process ;-) ! I will therefore post more pictures about our previous trip to Chicago that took place during summer 2013 while I’m sorting out the new ones :-)
So back in time, we spent two days in Chicago, and even if I really enjoyed seeing all the architectural wonders or visiting the coolest fountain of the world, I have to admit that the visit of the Garfield Park Conservatory was also a highlight of this trip ! I don’t think this is the kind of destinations that is featured on the bucket list of people travelling to Chicago, but to me, it’s really a gem of the Chicago’s suburb. But I have to confess something… I’m crazy about botanical gardens, parks, spring gardens… everything that involves flowers, so obviously, we HAD to go there (so… I may be a bit biased ;-)) !!! Admission is free, even if a donation is highly recommended.
This conservatory was built in the beginning of the twentieth century and houses today thousands of plant species that are on display throughout eight rooms. The Palm room is very impressive as it includes so many different species of palm trees as well as other tropical species. The Fern room is also very nice and when we visited the conservatory, there was some Chihuly artworks on display in this room :-) This artist is amazing, and one day, I really have to share pictures of his exhibit in Seattle with you.
For people from Chicagoland, it could be interesting for you to know that for Earth Day (April 22), the room that has been destroyed by the terrible hailstorm of 2011 will be reopened. I think it’s worth a visit ;-)
We also walked through the Oak Park Historic District. We passed in front of different houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and we even saw the birth home of Ernest Hemingway.
It was the end of the day, so we didn’t manage to visit anything but walking in this area was nice enough. I’m a bit ashame to admit that before this trip, I’ve never heard about Frank Lloyd Wright :-( I was really surprised to heard that he was considered as one of the founder of modern Architecture. I quite love the colours of the first house in the gallery below. I could imagine these colours for my future house ;-)
Our visit of Chicago was great, we loved the city ! And the road trip around the Great Lakes was amazing. I hope to be back one day ! It was really a charming part of the US, so different from the West, but as enjoyable, in a different way :-)