Chicago, Home of ER and... er...?
Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
102Trip End Ongoing
We were taking a bit of a risk with Chicago as it was the only city we hadn't booked any accommodation before we got there. Mainly because we didn't have enough time in New Orleans but also because we thought it couldn't be to hard to find affordable accommodation in a city the size of Chicago... or so we thought!After much ringing around we just couldn't afford any of the prices people were quoting us. this wasn't good. We were tired, grumpy, we hadn't had a shower in 24 hours and we were in a city we knew nothing about! We made the decision to get out, leave that day, and start the marathon of a train journey down to Las Vegas, at least giving us free accommodation on the train. The train left at 3pm which gave us 5 hours to amuse ourselves!
Now the only thing i know about Chicago is that my favorite TV show, ER, is set here, so i couldn't resist taking a look at the hospital, Country General. Much to the disgust of Dan! Seeing as he didn't have anything else to do, he tagged along anyway! We didn't have a clue where to go so took a quick trip to the info shop, where a very helpful women, with a bit to much facial hair, told us that nearly all of the show is filmed in LA. But if we want there is a small section of the hospital used in the show here in Chicago. My eyes lit up whilst Dan 's head just drooped!
With nothing else to do we went anyway and spent the next 2 hours walking around possibly the biggest hospital in the world! I think by this point Dan was getting annoyed at me saying "just around this corner" so we called it a day!
Feeling even more pissed off we headed back into Chicago on the hunt for a swimming pool where we could have a shower. Not as easy as it sounds! From what we discovered, the cheapest pool we could find was $20 a swim, a bit to much for a shower! Although the receptionist did point out though that if we were earlier we could have showered with the homeless for free. Cheers for that!
Dejected and dirty we boarded our 4th train in 3 days. We were now about to take part in our biggest journey so far from Chicago to Las Vegas! 2,000 miles and 40 hours on the same train! The irony was that as soon as we pulled away from the station, Sean from Portland texted me the name and number of a friend in Chicago. He would have put us up for free and shown us the sights! Looks like i'll be coming back to Chicago to!
Pointless facts about Chicago
over 40 museums
more than 150 theaters
over 6,000 restaurants
three of the world's tallest buildings:
Sears Tower. . . . . 1,450 feet
Amoco Building . . . 1,136 feet
John Hancock . . . . 1,127 feet
29 miles of lakefront
15 miles of bathing beaches
18 miles of lakefront bicycle paths
more than 200 annual parades
the world's largest public library with a collection of more
than 2 million books
the world's largest population of Poles outside of Warsaw
the world's largest cookie and cracker factory, where Nabisco
made 16 billion Oreo cookies in 1995.
Chicago produced the first:
roller skates, 1884
steel frame skyscraper, 1885
elevated railway, 1892
Cracker Jacks, 1893
window envelope, 1902
Hostess Twinkie, 1930
pinball game, 1930
spray paint, late 1940s
McDonald's Restaurant, 1955
Joke of the Day
An old man was laying on his death bed. With only hours to live, he suddenly noticed the scent of chocolate chip cookies coming from the kitchen.
With his last bit of energy, the old man pulled himself out from his bed, across the floor to the stairs, and down the stairs to the kitchen.
There, the old man's wife was baking chocolate chip cookies. With his last ounce of energy, the old man reached for a cookie.
His wife, however, quickly smacked him across the back of his hand, and exclaimed, "Leave them alone, they're for the funeral!"