SpringHill Suites by Marriott Chicago Elmhurst
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Today was Chris's first attempt at renting a ZipCar on his newly created account. Setting up the account required a copy of his current driver's licence, a statement of his driving record for the past five years (unblemished, of course) and a few personal details. Once processed, a ZipCar card was issued and that was that. Plans were to head over to a nearby Costco outlet and help Sarah stock up on a few essentials while there were plenty of helping ...
... 930 by cab to The Field Museum. Looked around there until just after 12, when we got a cab back to meet our Chicago greeter Bill. After a quick catch up of Chicago's history, he took us on an almost 4hr tour of the city's parks, art and architecture, including a stop off at Starbucks for coffee and lemon pound cake mmm. By this time it was 5, so we had a quick stop at Target for some ...
... to say, after the failed attempt at cheesecake we no longer needed dinner, so headed back to the hotel room. After a spot of napping, we decided that packing was probably a good idea, considering we have to meet in the lobby tomorrow morning at 4am (yes apparently that's an actual time).
I just wanna finish this post with a little bit of an overview about Chicago itself. The city itself is quite large, and the buildings are even taller. Even so, they still cover the side ...
... and saw the lake in front of the Osthoff resort I understood why this little town could readily become a popular retirement place, weekend residence or holiday spot.
After seeing what I'd come to see I headed south towards Milwaukee. I was still travelling in dairy country and seeing plenty of dairy farms and the odd cheese factory:
The assumptions I'd ...
... with places I wanted to visit in one column, and then had the months of my trip across the top. I then looked up the weather patterns of each place and put an X in each month that the weather was reasonable to be there. Finally, I started piecing together a schedule that fit the X's and kept travel distance and time to a minimum.
At this point look up entry/exit requirements for each country and decide on visa or visa on arrival if ...