Come on babe, why don't we paint the town?

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Oh Chicago... you strange city that when I was younger I also said I never needed to visit, and then in the past few years, I've been obsessed with finally visiting. I mean, after all, it is one of the theatre havens of the U.S. So, I have to thank the good people of Aurora, IL for not really wanting to see our show, so that our Wednesday performance was canceled, and I finally got to visit that town on the lake known as Chicago.

On Tuesday, when we pulled into town (we were actually staying just outside the city in Oakbrook Terrace) we all decided that it would make more sense to go to town on Wednesday instead, and spend that night getting dinner and drinks and just enjoying the new town. We ended up at Kona Grill, and it happened to be happy hour... which meant amazing food that normally costs about $15-$20 a piece for $4 or $5, it was delicious! and cheap! and delicious! Then after we were back at the hotel, we had a mini-party in one of the rooms. It was a much needed release after about 13 days of solid work.

Then on Wednesday afternoon, we went to town. I decided I wanted to do the cheesy touristy double decker hop-on hop-off bus tour. The others had friends or other things they wanted to do, so I ended up have a nice, quiet day to explore the city on my own. I took lots of pictures :)

I first got off at Millennium Park and went for a nice stroll. I saw the bean (a.k.a. Cloud Gate sculpture). There was also some interesting/weird modern Chinese art sculptures. One was a kind of cool dinosaur that said "made in China" on it. And then there was the weird man hanging from a man hanging from a pig hanging from a crane on a truck thing... I just didn't get this one. I probably could read the brochure, but that takes the fun out of art dissection, doesn't it. Then I bounced around at the different stops, saw the theatres, the historical buildings, Navy Pier, got my fancy free popcorn, etc. It was a great day! I really enjoyed the city, and could definitely spend more time there. Plus, it was the perfect day: clear skies, high near 70... it was freakishly warm for the end of October.

Now I'm in Michigan... and the rain is back... I'll let you know how this goes :)
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