The flight went well and instead of madly dashing around the airport I collected my luggage and called the hotel number I had been given by the agent. I got picked up by the Intercontinental van and off we went. I walked in in my jean capris and felt sorely out of place but oh well..I soon got over it. I took the elevator up to my room and here it was...
I had a great sleep and in the morning I went down for breakfast. I used all my vouchers on the breakfast buffet as it wasn't cheap but I knew it would hold me for a while. The complimentary shuttle then drove me to the metro station...ha ha. Well he meant to but forgot he was taking me to the metro and got into the wrong lane so dropped me off along the highway. There were sidewalks but no where to cross - the lights did not coordinate for cars or people going straight across. (it took a couple of light changes before the light bulb went on in my head about that..) So I had to dash across but luckily there was a boulevard half way. Anyway I made it to the subway station and then fought with the machine to give me a ten dollar day pass. Finally I got on the train and off we went to downtown Chicago.
I got off at the Jackson station and proceeded to walk down towards the lake front. First stop...Millennium park to see the Crown fountain...I never get tired of this place. It was a beautiful July day and lots of children were playing in the water and shrieking their heads off with delight.
|One day I am going to let that guy "spit" on me too!|
|Looking up from the centre - so neat.|
Then I walked through the park and down to the lakefront...normally I would do the 11 km walk here but I was too tired and too hot!!!
|A lovely walk!|
After all that walking it was time for lunch so off I went to Giordano's for some stuffed pizza. After all if it's good enough for this fellow it's good enough for me!!!
|oooey gooey deliciousness|
I then headed out to find the nearest Garretts...the best popcorn EVER. I had the Chicago mix which was caramel corn & cheese corn. I got a HUGE bag - it barely fit into my backpack. I did share...a bit....
|Under the "el"|
Sadly it was time to get back on the train to O'Hare but what a wonderful unexpected day in downtown Chicago.