Wednesday Sept 10
Arrived safe and sound in our first US destination! No problems with our carry-on; think we have a good packing system now. Here we are arriving at the Chicago Airport. What you see is all of our luggage for one year – pretty good, huh?
Took a taxi to our house rental – what a great neighbourhood! Lots of restaurants, bars and the train that we take downtown is only a 10-15 minute walk. Tricia, our host, welcomed us and left us armed with maps and information about the city. House is great; older but very funky and full of interesting things. Tricia is an artist so the house is lively and full of color.
Got settled in and then went exploring the neighbourhood – beautiful warm evening!
Thursday Sept 11
Ventured into town today but did not realize how cold it was out. I was freezing and not dressed properly for the day; Joe claimed to be Ok but shit it was cold. Apparently the temperature broke a 1940 low record; think the high was 10 c. I had to buy a warm jacket but boy did I feel better. No more shopping!!
Went to Gino’s East for deep dish pizza – very yummy! Crust is like a pie crust; very different than regular pizza. Sauce was great – we shared a small pie – very filling. Everyone writes on the walls :
Walked the Magnificent Mile and did some window shopping. When we got home, I broke down and bought Season 2 of Game of Thrones. We spend most nights under a blanket on the couch watching an episode or two. So good!!
Friday Sept 12
Colder yet today and raining. Riding on the ‘L’ train is so cool – the train comes within inches of buildings and merges along side other trains so close you can read the screens of the passengers; and they are all on their phones. Also saw a couple of Selfie Sticks in Chicago! Jeezzzz…
We walked many miles and hours again. This time we were prepared; dressed warmer and wore rain gear. Checked out the Navy Pier
After at least five hours walking in the rain and cold (still having a good time but getting a little hangry) we stumbled upon a Weber Grill (as in the BBQ) restaurant. We were very excited and as many of you will know, Joe LOVES Weber BBQ’s. Dinner was great and made for a happier ending to our day.
Saturday Sept 13
The sun came out! Gave us a better picture of a sunny Saturday in downtown Chicago – busy! Went on the river Architectural Tour – very interesting! Then we walked around Millennium Park that had this huge stage with big screen (outdoor) featuring music from around the world. Lots of families enjoying the music. Great people watching – lots of weddings. Saw this bride (those are feathers) – happened to follow behind her for awhile and watched the reactions as people saw her – very funny:
After that we walked over to Andy’s Jazz Bar. Joe had been there before many years ago and was anxious to return. We tried to get in 3 times over the last few days and …. Third time lucky! $10 cover per person – we stayed and had a couple of drinks but after about 3 drum solos we decided to move on for dinner. (Wasn’t the nice, quiet jazz Joe expected). Glad we were able to hit this spot as it was on Joe’s to do list. Pretty cool – very popular in Chicago.
Went back to our neighbourhood and had sushi for dinner. Yummy. Several Block Parties going on – so cool! This area reminds us of Main Street in Vancouver.
Sunday Sept 14
Had lunch with a VIP today – our oldest son Jordan was in town on business so we met him at Joe’s Seafood Restaurant for some delicious crab dishes. So nice to see him and know we will see him again on our trip. Get better Jordan!
Walked around the river walk, stopped for a beer and shopped at Eataly – this incredible speciality store that had so many wines, pastas, cheese etc. Made us excited for Italy!
Now we are chillaxing and having dinner at home tonight. Still hope to go to a Blues Bar in the next few days! Leave for New York on Wednesday.
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