There is a holiday spirit in the air in Chicago. The city is teeming and the beaches are swarming. And all day and night the city appears to be en fête. We made the trip to the Shedd aquarium yesterday. The secret is to be a member and get there early. Otherwise the crowds at this time of year are overwhelming.
Its a splendid place for families. And its location on the lakeshore to the South of the city provides this stunning view of the Chicago skyline.
Yesterday we had a delightful evening with our friends Henry and Francis Fogel. They live in River Forest in a splendid 1909 William Purcell house. And Henry, formerly President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and now in charge of the American Symphony Orchestra League, has the most staggering collection of recordings - some 15,000 CDs plus vinyl LPs of course. He make his amazing catalogue, a unique resource, available on line at www.HenrysRecords.org
A perfect example of the rarities that he possesses was playing when we arrived. A Schumann CD by Vladimir Sofronitzki - the father of Viviana whom avid blog readers will remember as that pianist I met in Warsaw in June. (see my posting of June 22).
Today has been a welcome opportunity to catch up on domestic chores - and to post something here!