J&S were in town this past weekend, and stirred by memories – some fond and some cold – of our years down in Hyde Park, we paid a visit to the U of C campus on Saturday afternoon after dim sum.
It was foggy – the foggiest day yet in a series of foggy days this summer. We could barely make out the top of the John Hancock from Lake Shore Drive, and once we were past the Museum Campus, the skyscrapers north of us were completely obscured in the thick, low-lying mist.
This mist gave way to an intense lightning and thunderstorm not long after we started strolling around the campus. As we walked from the ever lovely Ida Noyes to Rockefeller Chapel, we felt what we thought were droplets of mist condensing on our skin, but these droplets quickly grew in size and frequency. Thankfully, the doors of the chapel were wide open, and we, along with a few other folks, sought shelter as the wind started howling and sending sheets of rain into the entryway.
We were stuck in the chapel for half an hour or so, the longest we’ve probably spent in all our years at the university. It gave us the opportunity to explore its every nook and cranny at our leisure though, which was fun.
After the rain slowed down to a drizzle, we saw our chance and sped walked over to the next nearest building, the Oriental Institute, where we spent another half hour wandering around the exhibits. I’m always blown away by the incredible trove of artifacts the university has managed to assemble together into this small space – and which is free for all visitors to wander through. It’s tremendous. It was S’s first time visiting too!
We took a stroll across the quadrangle next, where we tried in vain to visit Harper Memorial Library. First, we wandered down the wrong end of the building, and when we finally found the library, we saw it was closed for the summer quarter.
After finding that Reynold’s Club was also closed, we crossed the street to the Reg for a quick peek at the new library extension before unanimously agreed to go by Medici for another one of its famous Gracie’s apple pie – honestly one of the most delicious pies I’ve had. Ah memories!