Like a Dream

Trip Start Aug 28, 2008
Trip End Sep 01, 2008

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

So from the moment that we left the house, the trip has been quite serendipitous.  

We arrived in Chicago 8 minutes early with the wind of the windy welcoming us in and took a cab with the nicest driver in the world to our glorious Sheraton Towers that we bid for on price line. WOOO HOOO.

Upon arrival we were put on the 17th floor and found that the comforter on the bed was dirty....gross--in a hotel you can't imagine my thoughts as to what was making it feel so gross. So as per the norm, I sweetly requested a change of comforter....I cant say I was too happy as the hotel informed us that we also were going to be forced to pay for internet and $12/day to use the gym (isn't it bad enough to have to go to the gym?!?!!?)

Despite the groans with the hotel, Greg and I hit the town and went to the top of the Hancock Tower where we ordered two of the most exquisite drinks on the menu and adored the view from the 91 floors above the city.  After that, we ran down the stairs (just kidding) and made our way over to a club (which we can  call 'Cougar-licious') where songs from the early 90's such as Vanilla Ice played and $5 martinis were being served (with that music believe me $5 was too expensive to get necessarily drunk there).  Quickly discovering that we had just fallen into a scene where you may find the cast of "Love and Marriage"--Al Bundy and Co.--we headed off to Jilly's Piano bar, where "older women" (i hear purring and growling again- cougar central) hoarded their sugar daddies' money and luv for themselves and took pictures like they were 17 years old while Greg and I danced the night away to some good old Frank Sinatra tunes.

After that, we hopped in a cab to return to our gross comforter which had not been changed.  We pushed the hotel to come change it and as we get into bed we smell this horrid stench...almost like Borat had just worked out with 12 Europeans who have never shaved their pubic hair and then frolicked in our sheets...yes, you guessed it: B.O. ---if you know me well, you will know that body odor is my biggest peeve.   Too tired to wait for the hotel to fix this issue we braved it.

Next morning, feeling less than refreshed to say the least, i got up at the usual early morning crack of dawn and went for a walk...this is when the fun began. I hit up a grocery store called Dominiks where i quickly became a member of their rewards club and then took advantage of all the two for one discounts!!! OH MAN-I LOVE AMERICA!!!!

Happy with my purchases and that i had become a Dominik's Club member before being an American (and was honest to the clerk about it), headed back to the Sheraton where i met with the manager of guest services. all of 10 min I had us moved to the penthouse suite, with free gym, breakfast, internet and free bottles of water! I woke up Greg and told him that room 1719 was movin' up-let's go to 3141, our new home. It was just like getting a raise :)

Upon arrival of lives of the rich and famous at the hotel, we took our showers and left the house to none other than the theater...I heard that there were rush seats for Jersey Boys and if you lined up and were the 10th person you could get tickets...well guess what? Greg and I were couple number 10 and by 10 am we scored $25 seats to Jersey Boys and had both had our Starbucks-things were looking up.  While in line for these rush tickets, we met the nicest 60 year old couple Barb and Mike from Michigan, our new friends.

After that we shopped and found some amazing clothing, hit the Jazz festival, went for lunch of Thai chicken and cucumber salad and walked the city.  Quickly returning home to drop off our purchases we ran back out of the house to get on to Bobby's Bike Tour--we cycled the city for 3 hours, seeing the beach, the zoo, Lincoln Park, etc. with a crazy tour guide EDDIE!!! It was awesome.

Finally we returned home, got ready to roll for the evening and went to a restaurant for dinner: Petterino's.  Now we know that the American serving is surely more than the Canadian as we both feel like skinny/small people compared to the average American build, but since we were just famished from the biking we were thrilled to be in America where a normal portion of meat is 8 oz!  Salmon, broccoli, Steak Diane!!! Mmmm mmmm. Deliciousioso.  The waiter had also asked me if i liked South African wine, where i replied that i like all south African things....Im not sure if im imagining things, but I think that Greg blushed. :)  After an amazing dinner we went to see Jersey Boys and sang along to 'My Boyfriend's Back' and so on (i really did sing along)...of course not only did we sing, but we conveniently moved our seats to where we felt more comfortable and had an orchestra view for our measly 25 bucks! LOL!!!!

So the night didnt end there as we caught our second wind after the show and we hit Howl At the Moon which is a famous dueling piano bar. This is where people requests songs and two pianos go head to head singing them in a creative way.  The music was incredible, the people were friendly and the drinks were fun.  By 'fun' i mean that this guy who was completely inebriated forced Greg and I to dance with him, give him encouraging high fives each time he shimmied and drink from his 12 straw 5 L drink along with him that he had invited the whole club to do previously!!! Gross. We are probably both worse off than those of you who are eating tainted maple leaf foods right now.  After that we resolutely decided on matching T-shirts  for tomorrow's CUBS game that we are excited about and went home.

We finally walked back to our penthouse suite and hit the hay.  CHICAGO IS AMAZING!
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