Holiday Inn Express Rolling Meadows
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... trip) and the Zoo (also free) with its awesome aviary.
Another thing we loved about Chicago was the 'street art' including the Bean sculptures, the Police Horses (like the Bath lions/ Berlin bears etc.) and the way that various 'foods' were used to decorate the flower beds.
Back to the food, Mrs Smith recommended us a great farmers market at the Nature Museum (on Saturdays) ...
... Boston with a trip to Rock Bottom, after discovering the intended famous Chicago pizza restaurants had an almost 2 hour wait (!). (Meant to mention, James 'bumped into' Emily in American Eagle, who was in Chicago for the day, and had been on a boat trip driving the storm!) After dinner James in particular was tired, so kids headed back to hotel, me and Jane went to Navy Pier to watch fireworks, and then back to bed. Looks warm again today, off to the ...
... end and the 4 of us are now en route with Amtrack to Chicago for 3 days.The train, although not designated 1st class, appears to be so, with huge comfortable seats and leg room so great one can barely reach the footrest or the tray table!Behind me sits an I talk an woman so periodically I have the pleasure of hearing the language again and understanding it. When we went to get a coffee the little Chicano guy serving, all smiles and genuine Latino charm, refers to ...
... but they were 'into it'!!
Would love to stay longer but the 'body calls' - eat at the hotel - a lovely waitress with a very strong Russian accent - who finds me a bag (her initiative) so I can carry the can of micro-brewer beer I have bought back to my room discreetly!!
Tuesday - Im torn and tired and decide - over a delicious breakfast from Prairie Bread Co - oatmeal with fruit/nuts and good coffee - to stay in Oak Park - lots of small shops - also a stop ...
I had a five hour layover here and we have now boarded and are ready to go. There are few people who got on in Sacramento like me and are going all the way to NY. One guy I have been talking with is a nice, older Israeli man named Emil. I found him a seat where he doesn't have to be paired with someone and he is sitting across from ...