It's the Batman

Trip Start Mar 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 27, 2012

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Flag of United States  , Illinois
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Got a short train ride to the Windy City, Chi-town, Chicago.  I could tell I was in a big city, a lot of angry people who hated their jobs, pollution, car horns going off.  Ahhh my kind of town.  And yeah I can see why it was called the windy city, damn it windy.  After checking in I made my way to the United Centre to watch the Chicago Bulls play.  Was very excited to watch them as followed them since the Jordan put them on the map.  Was the last game of the regular season so not a full house but was still a cracking to be a part of.  Was a free flowing game which the Bulls won against Cleveland by 20 odd points.  As the Bulls won and scored over 100 points got some free food and coffee.  The sports teams really do look after their fans here and make it a real occasion.  Come on footy teams back home sort it out.

Next day went to the Adler planetarium, Field museum and the Hancock observatory in the morning.  The planetarium had a stars experience that created a 100 years ago as well as a 3D sun movie.  Past and present technology awesome.  Field museum was good as it was mainly based on science and primarily evolution.  Gotta love evolution, who doesn't eh.  Also has the most complete T-Rex fossil set ever found, not sure of the given name Sue though.  Went back to the hostel where I met up with a friend from the UK who was gonna join me for a week; Jatin.  Had dinner at Giordano's so could could try the Chicago style deep dish pizza.  We asked for a Veggie pizza but they put pepperoni as a marker on the pizza.  After complaining we got a free pizza.  Result.  Pizza has toppings and cheese at the bottom and tomato sauce on the top.  Was very filling but gotta say prefer our pizzas.  We got some info on where to go for pubs/clubs and went to a place called Damen.  Damen was a small street with a few pubs, not the amazing place sold to us, it was more of a suburb.  We went to 3 bars, surprisingly for a Friday night there wasn't a lot of people out.   

Sat started off by exploring China Town (wasn't the biggest), then the Navy pier and then the start of the magnificent mile (equivalent oxford street).  One thing we noticed was Chicago claimed it had the best of everything in the world; best pizza, coffee, hot dogs, streets etc.  Found they really hyped up everything but am sure I have had better pizza, coffee, hot dogs and seen better streets.  Jat did a tour of Wrigley field and having already seen baseball matches I walked down the magnificent mile.  Start was loads of standard shops, before you start seeing the skyscrapers which did look amazing.  Saw a massive Marilyn Monroe statue before crossing the river and onto the souvenir shops.  Walked past millennium and grant parks before meeting up back at the hostel.  In the evening we went to an Indian party and well what happens in Chicago stays in Chicago ;)  Was a good night and found a better spot to do some partying.

A bit of an easy start to the next day after the night before by watching the Spurs game against Blackburn in an Irish pub before we made our way down to the Willis Tower (formerly Sears) the largest building in the western hemisphere.  Great view of city and beyond but all these lookouts are starting to look all the same to me. lol.  So maybe not appreciated as much as I should have.  Then we went to millennium and grant park to have a wonder around there.  Millennium had a silver bean structure which look really nice.  You can go stand underneath the bean and it gives a reflection of the skyscrapers.  There was a choir underneath the bean and their voices carried all around the structure.   A man took that opportunity to propose to his girlfriend. She said yes, and everybody clapped and cheered. Ahhhhhhhhhh. Saw a few other monuments before we headed back to the hostel.  In the evening I went to a WWE pay-per-view event. When I was younger I watched every week and when I did the security work way back when the wrestling crowd had a great atmosphere. So I thought I would check it out whilst on this trip. When I got to the event the atmosphere was absolutely electric, with everyone chanting and getting into the spirit of the event. Fireworks made me jump as they were LOUD, must have linked them to the sound system.  The event was called extreme rules so they could use weapons during the matches. I know it's fake but when you pick up a guy and then chuck him 15 foot onto a table that has got to hurt.  Show was around 3 hours and was defo best atmosphere of any event I have been too.  No one took it to seriously and there was constant chanting all night.

Monday morning went to the aquarium, apparently the biggest in the world according to Chicago.  Saw some small whales, sea lion and dolphins performing, a 4D show and some small sharks.  Had a wonder around the other exhibits and actually saw some interesting fish.  And yes I did find Nemo. We then wondered around the city a bit more before chilling at the hostel. In the evening had another deep dish pizza before heading to a Blues bar which was run by blues legend Buddy Guy. Oh yeah Buddy Guy is awesome, he plays the blues man.  We were lucky enough to see him play and he told us a story about how when he was 12 he wanted a job and that they said did he have the right experience, he was like shit how can I get experience at 12.  Buddy Guy was a funny guy.  When he did his short set it was actually really impressive, before he passed onto the new generation of blues players.  Was entertaining and got some authentic Chicago blues played.  Buddy Guy is 75, in the rock and roll hall of fame, won Grammies and Jimi Hendrix listed him as an inspiration.  So although I never heard of him he actually is a legend in the blues world. However Jat brought him a beer but he didn't buy him one back, Buddy, Buddy, Buddy don't think Jimi Hendrix would be happy. Stayed there for a few hours before heading to another bar nearer the place we went on Sat for a final drink.

Downtown Chicago reminded us off Gotham City in the new Batman movies with the elevated sky tracks hence the numerous pics of it and looks like a lot of other areas of Chicago were used in the movie.

Did have a good time here but wouldn't come again as feel like I've seen everything I needed too in one trip.    

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