From New York I flew to Chicago to attend and present my work at a research conference. My flight landed at dusk, and there was low cloud that gave the flat fields next to the city a dull grey air. The plane flew low over these fields for what seemed a long time, and after landing we taxied for a seriously long way to the terminal. Chicago gets full marks for having an excellent airport connection by train, and I was quickly in the centre of the city, where it dawned clear and blue the next day.

The Chicago River.
Skyscrapers, lots of skyscrapers.

Chicago’s a great city. I enjoyed learning about its architecture, ate a deep dish pizza, saw the city from high-up in the John Hancock Tower, and revelled in the public art scene. Here are some pictures from the stay.

View from the John Hancock building.
Impressive roof-top swimming pool.
This spider was on the outside of the 95th floor.
The John Hancock Building.
Dusk on the river.
The Bean (aka Cloud Gate) by Anish Kapoor.
Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa, in Millennium Park.
Cool street art.
Deer, by Tony Tasset.
Chicago skyline.
Flying back to Europe on a 747-8.
October 29, 2017

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