I ended my day with a concert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing the work Beethoven considered his crowning achievement, "Missa Solemnis." The before concert lecture by William White, assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony, gave me valuable insights into the work. Led by conductor Bernard Haitink with four soloists, the massive Chicago Symphony Chorus and the orchestra, the "Missa" was 90 non-stop minutes of unbridled classical music bliss.
If You’re Going
For more information on Chicago, phone Choose Chicago at 312-567-8500 or choosechicago.com.
For a place to stay, the Flemish House was built in 1892 as a single family greystone rowhouse. Located on quiet but elegant Cedar Street just off Michigan Avenue in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, the Flemish House takes its name from the building’s exterior Flemish Revival detailing.
The owners have chosen an English Arts and Crafts interior decor and have undertaken a sensitive restoration program since purchasing the property in 1997. Guests can choose between furnished studio, one and two bedroom apartments complete with stocked kitchens. Phone 312-664-9981 or www.innchicago.com.
Dave Zuchowski is a travel writer for CNHI News Service. Contact him at email@example.com.