Segway Tours, Bridal Parties, and Great Views
I was in Chicago again today, so I walked around the Museum Campus and Northerly Island, which is actually a man-made peninsula. I really enjoyed exploring the area. We visited the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium often when our older three children were young, but I haven’t been there in years.
In fact, it’s been so long, that the last time I was there, the adjacent Meigs Field was still operating as an airport. In 2003, then Mayor Richard M. Daley tore up the airfield in the middle of the night, without FAA permission, citing security risks and causing quite the stir.
Converting the island into usable green space is still ongoing. A “semi-temporary” outdoor concert center takes up part of the former air strip. The rest of the space needs some work, but a large flock of geese seems to like it as-is. The streets around the museums are much less treacherous, and the parking is considerably better than it was before, so kudos, Mayor Daley…
Northerly Island does offer some great views of the lake to the east and Soldier Field to the west. It’s a popular place for segway tours; several groups passed me while I was walking around. Along Burnham Harbor, I liked walking near the boats, past folks fishing from the side and piers. I saw American coots in the harbor as well.
Next, I walked to Solidarity Drive, briefly along the Lakefront trail, and back up the other side of Solidarity Drive. I continued by looking around the Adler Planetarium which sits at the farthest point out into Lake Michigan and makes the Chicago skyline a popular backdrop for photographs. I saw professional photo shoots of families and two wedding parties. I must admit, I did more people-watching at this point than walking!