Bells

Today we went to the library and then we walked to the Rockefeller Chapel, which is on the campus of the University of Chicago. The building is very large and very beautiful. When we got there, the organist was practicing for a concert tomorrow. He played beautifully so we are tempted to go back. There will also be tea and biscuits, which provides added incentive.

At 5:30, we went on a “tour” of the carillon in the bell tower. Both the carillon and the chapel were gifts of John D. Rockefeller and his son John D. Jr. The tour guides were the bell player (the fancy name is carillonist ) and her husband. It felt like it was a million steps up and across a couple of narrow catwalks. The carillon is the second largest in the world. The first, at Riverside Church in New York, was also a Rockefeller gift.

The view from the top of the tower was amazing. You could see the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. The music from the bells was very enchanting and had a unique sound. It is essentially a keyboard; she used her fists and feet.

Yesterday we went to the White Sox game. It was a lot of fun and they won. Their slogan is The Chicago White Sox: It’s Black and White. Most people at the stadium, even if they weren’t wearing White sox paraphernalia,  were wearing white and black. It’s a great color scheme. Very modern.

Cellular Field is nothing to look at from the outside. It doesn’t have the old-fashioned feeling of the new Yankee Stadium. It is more like the old Shea Stadium – mostly parking lots and no neighborhood.

Inside it was pretty nice and the crowd was very well behaved. No drunken outbursts. Of course, it is possible that the Twins are not major rivals. I’m not sure about that. The people in Chicago are really friendly and the atmosphere in the stadium was probably due to that.

To get to the stadium we took a bus and the train. That made it feel much more like we were in the city. We even got a transit card. Coming back, the train wasn’t even crowded; I think more people go back to downtown – north – than south to Hyde Park, which is what we were doing.

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