Like a Dream
Trip Start Aug 28, 2008
3Trip End Sep 01, 2008
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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 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
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. Well....in 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
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
We finally walked back to our penthouse suite and hit the hay. CHICAGO IS AMAZING!