Chicago, day 3, a little culture at the Art Institute of Chicago

After we had eaten our tacos we left the market for Chicago's Art Institute. This is one of the oldest galleries in the USA, and the second largest after the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It was founded in 1879 and housed in a building dating from 1893 but with a number of additions built to house the increasing collection. The latest extension is the Modern Wing designed by Renzo Piano. We travelled there via the Berghoff Restaurant (unfortunately we did not dine there). This was opened in 1898 and has become a Chicago landmark. It is still owned by the Berghoff family. The sunshine was very bright and contrasty but created a lovely dappled effect on the front of the restaurant. The glass fronted buildings were all reflecting their neighbours and sharp blades of light were cutting through the elevated train track.

We arrived at the Art Institute and Mike dropped us off as he was going to collect his sister Emma from the airport. Emma had not wanted to forgo a little Ch…

Chicago, day 3, Maxwell Street Market

On Sunday mornings a very large market runs in Desplaines Street in the South Loop area of the city. It is traditionally called the Maxwell Street Market although now that is not it's position. The market has always been a focal point for Chicago's immigrant population and has run for over 100 years. At first there were the Slavs and the Jews, and they gave way to the African Americans. The present market is largely Mexican and as food is a focal point, the path is lined with tables, chairs and mouth watering aromas.  We caught the 'L' line there is order to look around and have some lunch. Walking up from the station we passed a Greyhound Bus depot which is a pretty iconic US sight. We wandered around the stalls and I bought a rather horrendous woollen bobble hat for a dollar. It was cold and, being surrounded by the warming scent of chilli and garlic, we soon became hungry. Lines  for food were beginning to form and so we joined the one for Rubi's, the most accl…