Touring Chicago and Dinner With Rev. Ron

Trip Start Jul 28, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Same as on Sunday, I started Monday with a quick breakfast in the Holiday Inn, then caught the courtesy shuttle to Midway Airport to catch the Orange Line train downtown.

Once downtown, I signed up for the double-decker bus tour of the city. Along the way, I hopped off and took the side excursion that the tour company calls the ethnic trip. The trolley went to Chinatown, Little Italy, and Greektown. We saw some interesting highlights on the side excursion: the building used as the orphanage in the Blues Brothers movie, the site of Mrs. O'Leary's barn where the great fire started, and Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios.

The regular tour was also very nice. I also hopped off at the Art Institute of Chicago, the main art museum. I only spent two hours so I concentrated on the American and European wings. My main goal was to see Edward Hopper's original "Nighthawks" painting. It is amazing.

For lunch, I dined in the Institute's cafe. I opted for the pizza of the day, a brick oven personal pizza topped with spinach and red onions. Quite delicious.

The remainder of the double-decker bus tour was also very interesting. We drove by Soldier Field and other historic sites such as the fountain used in the opening credits of the television show "Married With Children."

I hopped off the bus once again at Navy Pier to take the hour long architecture tour along the Chicago River. What a great tour. The tour guide really knows his stuff. Following the river tour, I hopped onto a free trolley back into town to get on the Orange Line train back to Midway.

After a nap and shower, I was ready for dinner with Rev. Ron and Ed (reminder that Rev. Ron presided at Nick's fourth wedding in Spokane in 2003). They picked me up at the hotel and we headed for their favorite Mexican restaurant in another section of town. That restaurant is closed on Mondays, so we headed for another Mexican restaurant that they wanted to try. The food was fine, but the company was even better. I did most of the talking, but it was interesting to see how Rev. Ron is making out after three years on the job. After dinner they dropped me off at the hotel.
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