From Chicago, Illinois (Day 1) ...

Dear Emma, Sebbie, and Lizzie, (Your dad told me you use an “ie.” I’m glad to know that!)

Skye and I arrived in Chicago on Friday night after a long day of driving. We left our hotel in Madison, Ohio at 9 o’clock in the morning and arrived at my uncle’s house at 7:30 at night.

If you count, that’s 10 1/2 hours. But it actually took us 11 1/2! Isn’t that strange?! How is that possible? We crossed into a new time zone in Indiana. We started in the Eastern Time Zone and drove over into the Central Time Zone.

This means that we had to turn our clocks backwards by one hour. So all of the sudden, instead of 6 o’clock, it was 5 o’clock! I like driving west because I get extra time that way.

When we arrived at my uncle’s house he had pizza waiting for us. He got my favorite: Chicago-style stuffed pizza. Have you had it before? It’s like a deep-dish pizza but with a second crust on top. Here’s what a stuffed pizza looks like; it’s so yummy!

Yesterday we drove into downtown Chicago to watch my uncle start his boat race. He’s sailing from Chicago all the way up and across Lake Michigan to Mackinac Island. (You pronounce “Mackinac” like mack-in-awe. I didn’t know that the first time I saw it written.) It will take them at least two days to sail that far.

It was very, very hot yesterday (about 96°F) and humid too, so we didn’t stay outside long enough to watch the race start. Instead we went to the Art Institute of Chicago. I LOVE art museums so I was excited to see the art, and happy for the air conditioning!!

They have a giant collection of paintings by a man named Claude Monet. Below is a picture of one of his paintings. This is now my favorite piece of his, I hadn’t seen it before. I really like all the colors he used for the water; I can almost smell the ocean when I look at it.

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Monet was an Impressionist painter. Impressionism was a new style of painting in the late 1800s. A lot of people didn’t like it very much back then, but now, people admire and cherish these paintings.

The Art Institute of Chicago has one of the most impressive art collections in the United States. There are many famous pieces here.

I’m including some more pictures from our visit. Here’s one of Skye mimicking the statue of the dancer:

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These two paintings are by one of my favorite artists, Georgia O’Keeffe. She lived in New Mexico, near where I grew up. I read that in 1932 one of her paintings sold for $44,405,000!!

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I need to go get dressed now. Today we are going to the Shedd Aquarium and a food festival.

I hope you’re having a great weekend!

Bear Hugs and Unicorn Kisses,

Chris