Chicago in May
May is generally a good weather month, but still unpredictble...Today it was a high of 80F...tomorrow it is predicted to be a high of 60F...bring a jacket and come to a great city...May is right before the big tourist push starts...A good time to visit.
On top of Chicago
103 floors high. That is where the Sky Deck, the Sears Tower's observation deck, is located. You should definetely take an elevator ride up there. Sears Tower is 1450 feet (443 meters) high and was the tallest building of the world for years until the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) were constructed. Nowadays it is still the tallest building in North America. On clear days you can see up to 50 miles from the top of Sears Tower. Unfortunately when I was there it was a cloudy day. But still the sky deck visit was worth the price of $ 9.50. Sears Tower was build in 1973 and more than 1.5 million tourists visit the landmark building every year.
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Visit downtown, the museums,...
Visit downtown, the museums, etc., but also explore the neighbourhoods just north of downtown along the lake. I had the most fun hanging out at the beach downtown one Sunday afternoon. I sunned myself, had a picnic and read the paper. It was a great day.
Ida B. Wells’ Home
3624 S. Martin Luther King Jr, Dr.
February is the black history month. Of many famous African American scholars, activists, and politicians, I would like to introduce you to Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Ida B. Wells was a journalist and activist who dedicated her life for anti-lynching, women’s rights, and equality. She was born in Mississippi and died in Chicago, in 1931. Her home’s still standing at 3624 S. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. where she lived during 1919 and 1930.
Stories of Ida B Wells’ resistance against discrimination are well known. In 1885, she was told to give up her seat on a train, and she refused. The conductor tried to remove her from the seat, she bit down on his arm. Initially she sued and won her case. But the railroad company appealed to the Supreme Court, and it reversed the initial ruling.
Later, she moved to Chicago, and continued her anti-lynching activism. Ida B Wells along with another Chicago’s famous female activist, Jane Addams, fought against school segregation. She was one of the original founders of the NAACP (The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) in 1909, along with WEB DuBois, Booker T. Washington, John Dewey, and many more brave souls.
The Tribune building has similarities to others seen through out the country and world. It could be likened to the Empire State Bldg in NYC or the Industrial bank bldg. in Providence, Rhode Island or even the "Stalin building" as they call it in Warsaw, Poland. it retains its distinctiveness as it is surrounded by high rise modern mirrored blocks of buildings which frankly, I have little use for. The Chicago Tribune sits at the corner following one of the stately bridge crossings which is well planned for viewing and insures that the Trib will not be hidden by yet another high rise building.