Chicago! Chicago! Its our kinda town!!
Trip Start May 12, 2010
26Trip End Jul 15, 2010
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Friday 4 June
Today we left Dodgeville, Wisconsin headed for Chicago. We cross into Illinois and are welcomed by the most underwhelming state sign seen so far. We get good instruction on how to find the Best Western motel at O'Hare. As we approach we have eyes darting here and there and yes you guessed it, we miss the turn and end up going around in circles continually passing our turnoff but not able to get on to it! We eventually find our way to the Hertz drop off (hope we are as successful when we drop the car at Hertz JFK) and get instructions to the motel. We decided to stay at O’Hare and catch the train to downtown rather than pay $400 a night for downtown hotels. We figure the saving over three nights, $1,100, could be spent better elsewhere!!
The afternoon of arrival we travel into Chicago on the Blue Line and find our way to an architectural sightseeing tour via the Chicago River that passes thru the city
There will be many photos of buildings to follow.
Saturday 5 June
Up early and into the city. We undertake a walking tour recommended in the Lonely Planet before our afternoon Segway. Rain tries but doesn’t dampen our enthusiasm to see as much of this great city as we can. The rain was short lived and we had a sunny afternoon.
We arrive at Steve’s Segway Tours at the corner of Monroe and Columbus and join our fellow Segwayons for lessons on how to drive these contraptions. Steve is very forthright in his teaching but he does it with a good sense of humour. When he tries to teach Stephen and Annette his voice starts to get a little louder as we fail to heed his instruction."No Stephen don’t bend your knees, when stopping don’t hunch over, stand tall and drop the butt!!) Eventually, exasperated, he tells us to go off and practice and amazingly when not required to perform for him we finally master the Segway sufficiently to be let us loose on the unsuspecting public
During the tour our fellow Segwayons, who are locals, recommended we try the famous Chicago deep base pizza at Pizzanos. They point out the restaurant down a street off Michigan Ave and we duly note, or so we thought! Having parked our Segaa’s we head for Pizzanos. We walked 2 mile down Michigan looking down each side street for our pizza shop without success! We walked back 2 miles and one more block and eureka there it was!!! It was worth the effort. Photo there somewhere.
Sunday 6 June
Last day in Chicago and we take the on- off bus to learn many more things about this city.Eg where Oprah did live, where Oprah lives now etc etc.
We then have lunch at the top of the Hancock building which provides a bird’s eye view of the city and the storm that rolled in whilst we lunched.
We then strolled down to Buddy Guys Legends which is a long established blues club. We ate our Jumbo Gumbo whilst enjoying the music on offer. Blue line back to motel for well earned rest and preparation for our trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Overall we loved Chicago.Annette still has a soft spot for Wyoming
Stephen and Annette