Today I wore a purple cotton golf shirt on our walk around Hyde Park. That was a mistake. In fact, Richard described it as failing to learn lessons I should have learned in Sweaty White Guy 101 — namely, wear an undershirt.
That’s probably true, but I’m not sure an undershirt would have made a significant difference under the circumstances. Today was one of those soupy, ultra-humid days where the air feels like electrically charged steam and thunderstorms roll through every hour or so. I could wear five t-shirts and I’d still be embarrassingly wilted and sweat-stained after walking only a few blocks.
At least Kish and Richard were able to do some Rorschach free-association analysis on the sweat patterns on my shirt. And I would yargue that I didn’t completely flunk Sweaty White Guy 101 — I at least brought some extra shirts.
This morning we walked along Lake Michigan to Promontory Point at Burnham Park. It affords a great view of the very impressive Chicago skyline, even on an overcast, muggy day. Lots of joggers, cyclists, and walkers were out, sharing the striking view.
This weekend on our brief visit to Chicago we’re staying at the Quadrangle Club on the University of Chicago campus.
Kish picked the QC because its close to Richard’s new Chicago apartment in Hyde Park — and because it’s got a lot more charm than some of hotel options nearby. It’s in a brick building with wide stone staircases and has a restaurant and bar, meeting rooms, and lodging on the third floor. We knew we’d found a good place and were in for a classy experience when we got to our room and found brass room numbers on a wooden door and a personal card in olde English script in a slot on the front of the door saying “Welcome M/M Webner.”
The proximity of the QC to the U of C campus gave us a welcome excuse to stroll the grounds of one of America’s preeminent universities. Most of older academic institutions in the United States are physically gorgeous, and the University of Chicago is no exception. The older part of campus is filled with graceful gothic buildings and wide shade trees, and the grounds are landscaped with colorful and well-tended flower beds. And then you come across a more whimsical structure, like the purple-themed Max Palevsky Residential Commons complex, which looks like it was designed by Willy Wonka. It makes a walking tour of U of C a fun bit of exercise.