Every now and then a woman just has to take a walk without her dog. I had the wonderful good fortune to have a 'girls day' with my daughter Cassidy before we left the Chicago area. I took a morning train in to Chicago, passing through small towns, bedroom towns, towns that were now part of the Chicago sprawl. Some had had better days, and all wore their history like a fashion show. I arrived in the city and walked through downtown Chicago to the Art Institute, exploring as I went.
This walk has been in downtown Chicago, where there were tall buildings, art, and great food at every turn. I've included a few photos from neighborhoods we visited.