Bikes and (high)lights...
Trip Start Sep 07, 2009
39Trip End Nov 17, 2009
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Jim had convinced me that it would be a great idea to hire bikes and ride along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, so we made our way to the bike-hire centre, just north of Millennium Park. We hired a couple of 'comfort bikes', although they were anything but, and made our way slowly to the lake. I hadn't ridden a bike for ages and these particular bikes had narrow tyres, so I was wobbling all over the place! I was completely out of my comfort zone and to make matters worse it was absolutely FREEZING. I moaned all the way for the first mile, and then, gradually, with a bit of encouragement from Jim, I started to actually enjoy it
We returned the bikes and decided to catch the brown line 'L' train back, which goes all the way around the Loop in one direction. We hadn't caught the train much, and it was very interesting being up above street level in between the buildings.
After dinner at Chili's (again! I think Jim is trying to eat his way through the menu), we headed up to the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the Hancock Tower. Fortunately, this time the weather was clear and we didn't have to wait long before a table next to a window became available. The view was incredible. Seeing the contrast between the Chicago city lights and the blackness of the lake was amazing. Dare we say, even better than seeing the New York skyline. We reflected back on our time in Chicago and both agreed that we had had a much better experience than we thought we would. Chicago may even be our favourite city so far...