The Windy City
Trip Start May 08, 2006
48Trip End May 06, 2007
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While the atmosphere in New York felt cramped, crowded and fast, Chicago is much more laid back, clean, pretty and airy. Very airy. They don't call it the windy city for nothing.
Monday was more hectic although I didn't get out of the hostel until 12 because I was so knackered. I've had a lot of early mornings, and sleeping on the train wasn't without its interruptions - I must have been asked about 20 times where I was going. I spent the whole day walking around 'The Loop' - the downtown district, so-called because of the elevated train network that circles it - looking at all the buildings and taking photos. I also went to Grant Park (a small area of sculptures and strangely laid-out gardens) to check out the Buckingham Fountain and other little tourist hotspots. In the evening I went to a club called 'The Metro' which is supposed to be, arguably, one of the best nightclubs in Chicago. Some very famous bands have played there but alas when I went there, there was a crowd of about 5 people and the two bands that I saw were dismal.
I will say that for what the performance lacked in musical talent, it more than made up for in comical genius.
The second band was just a very poor Bon Jovi wannabe complete with leather jackets and highly decorated t-shirts. Not even amusing.
On Tuesday I walked along the pier and the Magnificent Mile. Just took it easy really. I will have to come back one day and spend a week and a lot of money here.