Baby, I got the bluuues....

Trip Start Sep 07, 2009
Trip End Nov 17, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Illinois
Monday, October 12, 2009

We decided to use today to get organised for our roadtrip around the Southwest states. We walked down to the main shopping strip, N Michigan Avenue, and found a Borders bookshop. We bought a guide and a map and sat in a coffeeshop looking over possible routes. We also visited the local AAA (American Automobile Association) branch. If you are an AA member in the UK, then they provide you with maps and information free of charge. Unfortunately, neither of us had our AA membership cards, but they gave us a map of the western states anyhow.

Following another tip from Fred, we went for lunch at an Italian steak house, called Gene & Georgetti's. We hadn't realised it was Columbus day (a particularly special holiday for Italian-American) and the place was full of  lively, local Italians the atmosphere was very 'old school' with soft music and dark wood everywhere. The food was delicious. We sat under a wall of photographs of famous people that had visited the restaurant - everyone from Russel Crowe to Barack Obama.

We went back to the hotel before heading out in the evening for cocktails at the Signature Lounge at 96th. The bar is at the top of the Hancock Tower where there are great views over the city. We rode the elevator up to the 96th floor, but when we arrived at the top, the cloud cover was so low that we couldn't see a thing! We quickly decided that it wasn't worth it and  headed out instead to a blues club we were going to visit tomorrow - Buddy Guy's Legends, owned by Buddy Guy himself. We jumped in a cab down to the south loop and pulled up outside the club. There was a $10 cover charge for entry, but once inside we realised it was well worth the money. The club was authentic and not touristy at all. We grabbed a table and waited for the headline act, the Jimmy Burns Band, to start at 9.30pm. Whilst waiting, we noticed a charismatic old guy sitting at the bar with a beautiful young girl! It wasn't until a couple beside us went over and had their photo taken with him, that we realised it was the one and only Buddy Guy himself!!! To my amazement, Jim went over, shook Buddy's hand and got his photo taken with him (the photo is class and I am well jealous!).

Half an hour after the Jimmy Burns band started, we got a surprise when Buddy suddenly jumped on the stage, grabbed the mic and started singing! We had heard that Buddy sometimes frequents the club when he is in town, but only ever usually performers in January. The place erupted and nobody could believe their luck that they were getting a free Buddy Guy performance. We left the club absolutely buzzing.
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