This week last year I spend the better part of a day in Chicago in transit to Syracuse to uncover our perennial garden of its fall coat of suffocating leaves. We had been gone to St. Louis for seven months. If I could give it a good going-over, I hoped it would have a better chance to survive the lack of care until the summer, when I would be back to give it a stiff weeding. We, of course, still had no idea that we would be moving back to Syracuse and our home and garden.
So, I had this luxurious day to explore a city I know very little about. I took the train from St. Louis early in the morning and had about 9 hours before the overnight to New York was due to depart.
I set out on foot. Who hasn't heard of Marshall Field? I wanted to see this architectural landmark, and what I found, among other things, is this Tiffany dome on a five story atrium. The store has changed hands; it retains all the grandeur of its original conception and it has multiple historic designations that will help ensure its survival.