Gerry Faust told me at basketball practice Tuesday that Chicago is the "greatest big city in the United States."' It surely was impressive in a three-hour walking tour that I was able to take Wednesday after flying here in the afternoon.
I have been here at the Big Ten media days for football and basketball when I covered the Buckeyes in the mid-1990s, but rarely had a block of time to explore. Also, I had more time Wednesday to look around than I did in 2009 at Portland for the NCAAs.[ep
The media hotel is right on the Chicago River, so I was able to take the river walkway out to Lake Michigan. With the temperatures in the low 60s, it as a pleasant walk.[ep
Then I walked down Michigan Avenue and saw some famous city landmarks, including the Chicago Tribune Building, the Wrigley Building, Water Works and the Chicago Theater. Every known retailer known to man also is located on the street. It also was interesting to see a large statute of Jack Brickhouse, the legendary sports announcer of Chicago teams.[ep
All over the city, you can see the preparations for St. Patrick's Day.[ep
Now, from now on, it's all basketball....