Chicago Recap

Monday, July 19, 2010

We are back from Chicago and I am exhausted.  We tend to take vacations to places that require a lot of walking.  I think we should learn our lesson and just go to the beach.  Whew!  Here's a recap of our trip.

First of all, we had to go through a lot of tolls to get to Chicago. It cost us $21.50 (FYI: It's only $6 to get all the way to NC!). It got really annoying, but the worst part was when we were waiting to pay our toll to get onto the Chicago Skyway.
There we were, minding our own business, waiting in line like the good citizens that we are, when here come these cars zooming up beside the line (it wasn't just one idiot either), like they didn't realize there was a line and now they have to scoot in front of other cars who have been patiently waiting their turn.  Like it's not bad enough that they have 6 iPass lanes and only 2 cash lanes, but now these morons think they're too good to wait in line like the rest of us and about ram into other cars just trying to scoot in.  Well, we weren't having any of that so we didn't allow any room between us and the car in front of us, but then all the idiots behind us let them in.  Make them learn their lesson to wait in line like the rest of us!  But I digress...
(P.S. This illustration took a really long time, so I hope you enjoy it.)

We got to our hotel at about 10:30 p.m. central time (11:30 eastern) Thursday night.  First thing on the agenda for Friday was The Field Museum.

First thing we came to was SUE, the largest, most complete, and best preserved T-Rex ever found!  It was neat, but not as big as I thought it would be.

These awesome totem poles were in the lobby area.

After The Field Museum, we decided to walk (!) to the Sears Tower.

It may not look like that far on the map, but it really was.  And it was approximately 100 degrees with no breeze that day too.

So we had to stop at this fountain on the way for a photo op.

The view from the top of the Sears Tower!  FYI:  It is actually called Willis Tower now.  Did any of you know that?  Apparently some company by the name of Willis bought the majority lease in the building, which came with the right to change the building's name.  I think that's pretty dumb because everyone is still going to know it as the Sears Tower.

They had three or four glass boxes that protruded out of the side of the building that you could walk into.  It wasn't that scary, but Steven was a chicken, so I went in by myself.

We looked out of all the windows on the SkyDeck until we found Wrigley Field!  I had to zoom my camera in all the way (18x) and we still weren't sure if that was it, but when we got home, I zoomed the picture in further, and sure enough, there's the famous Wrigley marquee!

After walking around all day, we went back to the hotel to change out of our sweaty clothes before going to eat at the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant.  I don't know how I missed taking any pictures of it, but it's the old Chicago Firehouse (duh) that's been renovated into an upscale restaurant.  The original firepoles and brick walls are still a part of the structure!  We were also going to go to a comedy show that night, but the 8 o'clock show had been cancelled for whatever reason, and we decided the 10 o'clock show was too late (yeah we're getting old), so we walked around the city some more before getting back on the L and heading to the hotel.

Saturday meant the Cubs vs. Phillies game!

Steven posing outside of Harry Caray's Tavern.

Steven with Billy Cub.  (The lunchbox behind Billy's back was for tips.)

This is the back of the scoreboard.  Steven said it's been recently painted.  I'll take his word for it.

Of course, the requisite marquee picture!  Steven looks like he's getting ready to pull a gun out of his belt or something, but he's just holding his sunglasses.  I don't know why he thought they couldn't join in the picture too.


Oh my gosh, I've never been so hot in my LIFE.  We might as well have been sitting on the surface of the sun.  There was no breeze at all, and of course our seats were one of the few that weren't in the shade.  The shade finally did make it over to us about 30 minutes before the game was over, thank goodness.  The Cubs were winning 1-0 at the top of the 9th, before they decided to give up 4 runs to the Phillies.  Alas, they lost.

That night, we ate at Harry Caray's downtown.  We both had spaghetti and hot fudge brownie sundae for dessert.  Yum!

Hmm, wait 10 minutes for an outdoor table, or an hour for an indoor table?  Outdoor, please!

Here we are Sunday morning after packing up all of our things.

Before heading home, we decided to stop downtown and check out the Transformers 3 set!  They were filming on Michigan Avenue just for the weekend.  We were hoping to see some action, but we assume they hadn't started yet because it was cloudy and getting ready to rain.  We did get some cool shots of some of the props, though!

There were swarms of people on the sidewalk hoping to see something, and I kept hearing people shout at one of the producers "Bumblebee!"  I thought, hmm, is that his nickname or does he just have a really strange name?  Apparently, upon a Google search, I found out that Bumblebee is actually one of the transformers, not the producer.  I think they had Bumblebee's car out from under its tarp at one point, which is why everyone was so excited, but I don't know if this silver one is him or not.  Any idea?  Can you tell I've never seen any of the movies?

I meant to take pictures of the souvenirs we got, but I forgot, so maybe I will post those separately, when I get around to it.

All in all, a fun trip, but I hope my feet are rested enough by the time I go to New York in November!  Note to self:  Wear sensible shoes!

1 comment:

  1. Ahhh, sweet home Chicago! What a great city. Glad you enjoyed it.