Blogs from Chicago, Illinois, United States, North America - page 6


North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago September 21st 2012

Another pretty city, it's not as busy as New York and also not as big as New York but it still seems like a pretty cool city to visit. I loved the "Bean", a sttainless steel sculpture made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together. It's sooooo shiny, I stare at it all day long! I figured it must be the city's bit of bling. We also went for a walk along the gorgeous waterfront, it has stunning views of the city and a massive fountain - Buckingham Fountain. it is 280ft in diameter and 25ft high, I read that it should be visited twice- once in day time and also at night. We went for a fast stroll, LoL along the 'magnificent mile' and managed to buy a thing or two.. Short and sweet... ... read more
Bling Bean
Chicago Bean

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago September 20th 2012

After avoiding the worst of hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic on the way to Boston, we avoided the next hurricane which hit New York/Boston yesterday. We are now in cold, windy and noisy Chicago - probably the least popular city we have visited so far. We are leaving tomorrow for Seattle with forecasts of snow on the way in Minneapolis but still reasonably warm in Seattle, about 60F (?16C). Getting tired of traveling now. Looking forward to the cruise back to Sydney when we don't have to plan each day.... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago September 17th 2012

For some work team building can be a bit annoying, luckily for me when I’m called to take part in team building it currently requires a trip across the ocean to the Land of the Free. And as one not to miss an opportunity to see somewhere new, I got a chance to spend a day in Chicago en route. So the question was how to spend my day off in Chicago? Being a bit of a film fan I thought the best approach was to take inspiration from one of the best 80s teen film ‘Ferris Bueller’s day off’, sadly I didn’t have a Ferrari but I could at least try and scout out a few of the other locations used in the film and of course keep a look out for ‘Abe Froman, the ... read more
Drive in
Just in case I forgot where I was
The big one in the big country

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago September 7th 2012

After our exciting evening by the Rochester airport, we got an early start to try to get as close to Chicago as possible. It’s about a 9 hour drive from Rochester to Chicago, plus we wanted to stop at Niagara Falls en route. It was a pretty seamless drive into Niagara, but we totes forgot that it was Labor Day Weekend. Yikes stripes. We probably spent the same amount of time driving around one block trying to find parking as we did actually looking at the falls. The place was completely packed, and there were tons of Indian food stands right outside the park entrance. Is this pertinent? I don’t know, but I found it pretty interesting. Plus it smelled delicious everywhere. When we walked into the park, we were able to get right up next ... read more
Ali and Niagara
The Bean
Home Alone House

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago September 5th 2012

Hej Danmark! Så er der nyt fra staterne, som vi nu har rundet 24 af. Næsten halvdelen på lidt over 2 måneder - det er det glade vanvid! Vi har kunnet mærke efterårets komme, med nogle gråvejrsdage og en del regn de sidste par dage, og var begyndt at vænne os til tanken om efterår. Men efter en frygteligt varm dag i Chicago, har vi vist ikke set det sidste til den amerikanske sommer endnu. Og eftersom vi snart vender snuden mod syd, tror jeg vi har meget mere varme i vente, så jeg sender gerne en varm tanke hjem til de knapt så heldige. Sidste indlæg blev skrevet lige før Boston. En pæn og hyggelig by, proppet til bristepunktet med historie. Historie er ikke min stærke side, men sjovt var det at se bl.a. der ... read more
Niagara Falls og jeg
Niagara Falls


North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago September 4th 2012

We left the QC Tuesday morning at 5:22. We are now waiting for our flight to Beijing. We had a five hour wait, but had breakfast, walked, and visited with fellow travelers to kill some time. I am dreading the almost 14 hour flight. We are on tour with a group of 17 which includes our travel agent. I will try to post when possible.... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago August 30th 2012

Before I landed in Omaha I had a bit of a prequel story to the trip on my flight from Chicago. This was a small plane so I was hoping to get my own seat to avoid squeezing, but the universe had other plans. Instead a large sized man around his mid 50’s had the seat next to me so it was going to be a tight ride. My bag couldn’t fit in the rack so I had to put it in between my legs, which was not comfortable. As the plane was about to take off I was told to try and fit my bag under my seat, and with a little help from my neighbor I got it under. I’m usually the one to throw my headphones on, and go over my thoughts when ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 31st 2012

Very dodgy accommodation but we can’t blame Canada for that We only got lost once leavingNew Orleans. We are heading north to eventually hitChicago; first stop isMemphisto see if Elvis is really all shook up. By the time we had finished driving today we will have passed through 5 states. Our stop at Graceland was just ok, very cool to see where Elvis lived and is buried although we did have to capture our photos from the side walk as we refused to pay $32 each to go onto the grounds…. The life of a backpacker, too many things coming up we would rather spend our hard earned on. After staying the night in sleepy Sikeston, Missouri it was onwards to Chicago today with one stop to make on the way. The small town of Arthur ... read more
View from the Fence
For the Love of Elvis
Memphis Baby

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 27th 2012

Chicago is at the top of my list for Top 5 Favorite Cities in the World, but the weather knocks it down the list of places to ever live. I have always thought if I could combine Chicago with San Dieogo's weather, well that would be where I would live but that isn't the case so I just visit there every trip to my homestate of Illinois. This time we spent 3 nights on the north side in the Lakeview East neighborhood with my cousin and her boyfriend. One reason I love Chicago is you can take the "L" or buses all around the city without ever needing a car, hard to get this in many US cities. You def see a different side of any city when riding public transportation and we sure did this ... read more
Friends since Grade School
U505  - Museum of Science & Industry
Being an Aunt is SO COOL

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 22nd 2012

After the longest flight of my life, both literally and figuratively, I am now on US soil. In the last two hours of the flight we flew across the Great Lakes, and they are quite literally, great. The width of Lake Michigan trumps any flight across Algoa Bay. On the point of Michigan, I got to listen to "Especially in Michigan" whislt flying over Michigan, so I'm pretty chuffed, even if it actually means nothing. The flight from there was quick, ending with a shaky descent, and a bumpy, swervy landing. The process through immigration was about 5 minutes, then waited about 15 minutes for my luggage, 10 seconds through customs, and then out into the free world. I must say, I had quite a smile that crept across my face as I walked out of ... read more

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