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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago November 20th 2022

So, I have been asked to do a travel blog on my recent holiday to America. So here it is! The 1stblog is for the Illinois section of Route 66 between from Chicago, Illinois to St Louis, Missouri. October 12th 2022 Beginning of the Holiday! We had an afternoon flight that got us into Chicago at around 6.30pm. After we had got through security, collected our bags, got the hire car and arrived at the hotel – it was gone 8pm. We were both tired and hungry so once we got checked in and put the luggage in the room, we headed out to find something to eat. We did a quick search using the free Wi-Fi (thankfully all our hotels had free Wi-Fi) and we found that many places closed at 9pm or 10pm. So, ... read more
autumnal trees
beginning sign
big hands

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago November 12th 2022

Well, after almost three years of a pause on travel to prevent the spread of the covid virus and not be complicit in the increasing death toll, we finally took a Canadian family vacation in July to visit Montreal Toronto and Ottawa. I will catch up on that blog before the end of the year. This blog is for my first trip out of the country in three years to the USA for a work conference. I left on November 1 so that I could enjoy Halloween with Riley the night before. I left at 5am to Uber to the YVR airport and had a direct flight to Chicago. Unfortunately, it was a newly purchased refurbished plane for Air Canada Jazz with no wifi or entertainment system. Fortunately, I had books and music to keep me ... read more
St. Louis Arch
Gin Blossoms at the Pageant
Hippopotamus at St. Louis Zoo

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago March 16th 2022

With so many people and the closure by the police of bridges Mike was having problems getting a good signal spot, we saw the boats arrive and the river starting to turn green. So glad Mike preserved and managed to find another spot where we had great views of this phenomenal event. Turning the Chicago River green for St. Patrick's Day first began in 1962. As St. Patrick’s Day grew in popularity around America, each city came up with its own way of celebrating. Starting in 1962, the city of Chicago dyed its eponymous river green. The inspiration for the stunt came from pollution-control workers, who used various chemical dyes to trace illegal sewage discharges. The first year, the city dumped 100 pounds of dye into the river, which left it green for an entire week. ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago February 16th 2022

About this tour Chicago has at least 77 neighborhoods (it depends on who you ask), each with its own histories, evolutions, landmarks, and unique characteristics. The "Chicago's Neighborhoods" series reveals these stories and highlights the diversity of this wonderful city. The Printers Row area has had many lives: a prolific vice district, a bustling publishing center, a zone of urban decay, and a revitalized residential neighborhood. Throughout all these incarnations, it has always been one-of-a-kind. Despite being next to Chicago's Loop, the city's central business district, many people do not know much about this landmark area filled with unique features, beautiful lofts, and wonderful stories. This tour is a great opportunity to discover what makes Printers Row so special. By the late 1... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago February 6th 2022 read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago February 2nd 2022

The first wave of Chinese immigrants arrived around the 1849 Gold Rush. As the Chinese population moved eastward over the next few decades, along with the trans continental railroad, Chicago’s first Chinese community emerged downtown, around Clark and West Van Buren Streets. But as Chicago’s population swelled from 500,000 to over 1 million between 1880 and 1890, the growing Chinese community needed elbow room and a place to call its own. Many moved to the near southwest portion of the city, around South Wentworth Avenue and Cermak Road, establishing what has today become Chicago’s thriving Chinatown, a densely packed, 30-block area with 27,000 residents and over 400 businesses. A prominent building in the Chinatown streetscape has a colorful history. In the 1920s, a group of Chinese community leaders known as the On Leong decided that a ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago January 19th 2022

Navy Pier Mike explained in detail how The Pier has evolved over the years. Navy Pier opened to the public in 1916, originally named “Municipal Pier". It was officially renamed Navy Pier in 1927 as a tribute to the Navy personnel who were housed at the Pier during World War I. During World War II military personnel trained at the pier. In 1946, when the military moved out, the University of Illinois at Chicago moved in, a place to house all those GI Bill students. The campus on Navy Pier was meant to be temporary but it stayed on the Pier until 1965. In the 70’s Navy Pier was designated a Chicago landmark, positioning the Pier as an unforgettable destination in the city and across the globe. Navy Pier underwent a major redevelopment in 1994 In ... read more

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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago January 11th 2022

Chicago River Walk is made up different coves and with Mike and all his knowledge we learnt so much about this beautiful walk. Strolling along it’s hard to imagine that it was once a shipping channel — and a smelly one at that. The multilingual mural was created by local Ojibwe artist Andrea Carlson. Bodéwadmikik ėthë yéyék/You are on Potawatomi Land.” The Marina was fascinating to see boats moored below the high rise twin corn cobs buildings. The Jetty with floating wetland gardens must look very pretty in the summertime. The River Theatre - So many places to sit and enjoy the river views. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza Dedicated in 2005 to honor those who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. A River Museum under one of the bridges. So many interesting things to see ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago December 27th 2021 read more

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