Holiday Inn Express Chicago Downers Grove
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Can you imagine your nickname being the Stinky Onion? Well, poor ol' Chicago was once referred to as this, in fact, it stems back to when it was originally settled by the Native American's, or so our guide told us on the architecture cruise. Perhaps there was added meaning behind this as Chicago used to pollute the waters of Lake Michigan so much, they reversed the flow of the river so that the waste ends up downstream in St Louis via the Mississippi, and the ...
... in the US. They tell us Chicago is the best city and that's not biased at all :)
Day 2: its Dora day today (exploring). We walk to the nearest train station (about 8 mins away from the house) - California. Its on the blue line and we need to head to the brown line to Quincy. We want to do the Loop walk today - its a walk around the city to look at all the cool architecture. Buying the ticket was ok (despite the "friendly" assistant's help) but trying to navigate ...
... in the center of Grant Park where we ate our lunch on a bench in the sunshine. The Buckingham Fountain is pretty darn big so it was no surprise to find out later that it is one of the largest in the world. The fountain does regular water shows and light shows in the evening - I would have liked to have seen that!
There were a lot of students in their graduation cap and gowns - obviously a popular spot for their photos!
Next stop was a short walk ...
... huge city..loads of buildings. We were heading to china town..we have rented a townhouse. 3 storey, 4 bedrooms ..3 bathrooms and a garage. We were exhausted when we got there. Al and I drew short straw ..other two got bedroom and en suites ....we got small bedroom but still a separate bathroom in hallway. We got pizza from down the road ..had a few drinks and watched a movie on tv. The pizza was very expensive..paid for pizza plus ...
... on the side of the road. Truly an American tradition! Clearly I was more thrilled paying 75 cents for ice cold lemonade than she was about giving it to me!
Whilst neither of us are particularly baseball fans, we still thought Wrigley field would be worth visiting, as it is a piece of Chicago history. Turns out it was a great idea. We had no idea there was a game on today, but there were so many fans running around in Chicago Cubs gear and such a great atmosphere we ...