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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 1st 2015

Day 5. I only brought one sweat shirt for the trip thinking we will be visiting places in July. Maybe a couple nights out west will be cool. Well, today it is only 61 degrees in Chicago. We started out with a morning jog by the Lake to Grant Park, visited Buckingham Fountain and then went to the SkyDeck in Willis Tower. We then hit the Navy Pier. Life is like a box of chocolates...so, we let the boys choose lunch--Bubba Gump Shrimp. I didn't go in with high expectations but it was surprisingly good. Well, "our full tank of gas" ran low after all that running around. We ditched the boys and let them recover for a few minutes while Tracey and I toured the hotel. There is so much incredible architecture here in Chicago ... read more
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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 30th 2015

Day 4: Latitude 41.89, Longitude 87.62, Sunshine 70 degrees. We woke up in Cleveland (700 miles into the trip). True to our claim yesterday that Clevelanders, like their AC, sure enough, the valet brings our car around and the AC is cranked up as high as it can go and it is 62 degrees out. We roll down the windows and take off. Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois are now checked off as visited by the Turgeons and we also spot a handful more license plates leaving us with eight left to spot. Quick stop for lunch on a drive by of Notre Dame--trying to plant the seeds for six years from now. Very bummed there is no Welcome to Illinois sign on route 90. However, we may have missed it as we kept looking over ... read more
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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 30th 2015

I forgot to mention, Tracey made me remove my, "Abe Froman, Sausage King of Chicago" shirt before we went out for the evening. I acquiesced before it became Snooty...snotty.... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 29th 2015

Comme vous avez pu le constater j'avais oublié un jour ! Aujourd'hui je dois quitter l'auberge avant de ne prendre que le soir le bus pour notre cher Canada. Objectif le musée de la monnaie ou des feds, bref musée de la banque des banques, celle chargée de la régulation de l'inflation et des prets en dernier recours. L'idée c'est d'y aller à pied depuis l'auberge, ca fait une petite trotte mais c'est faisable. Je découvre donc les quartiers moins agités de Chicago bordés d'arbres, et les grandes avenues. Je n'ajoute pas les parcs coupés en deux (ou plus) par les routes. Le musée est pas mal du tout. On y passe pas la journée, mais ca explique la création de la monnaie et le fonctionnement de cette institution. On peut même se prendre en photo ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 23rd 2015

Well, I got stuck in Chicago airport for 5 hours on my was to Scotland! I flew out of GRR at 11am this morning, landed at CHI, and found out my flight to JFK was cancelled due to a huge storm. The flight was delayed a couple times then cancelled about an hour before we were supposed to board. Everyone on the flight had to call the rebooking number to change their flights. After being on hold for 45 minutes I was given two options. One: I took a 4 o'clock flight to North Carolina, a connecting flight to London, then to Edinburgh. Two: I wanted until the 1 o'clock flight the next day to JKF then Edinburgh. There was no way I was going to waste a whole day of my vacation stuck at the ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 19th 2015

So after a night time drive up to London to check in at 6:45, I slept like baby for most of the 8 and half hour flight over here. This process has pretty much eliminated jet lag for me however Mandie didn't so well and we have decided to have a chilled one. After a bit of a hairy rush hour drive across Chicago, (with my brain still on the left hand side of the road!) we made it to our first hotel just out of the city centre. The Jeep 4x4 is pretty sweet and comprises of about 50% of my photos so far so the scenic panoramic views are a bit sparse so far! We headed to a local bar/grill called Mullen's for some epic steak sandwich and Mac and cheese then back to ... read more
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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 17th 2015

So its been another busy 2 weeks, so much to see and do and time keeps ticking by! So this update starts at the beginning of the month on the 1st June where I arrived from Philadelphia into Boston, in the early hours of a wet Monday morning. I knew my hostel was near the train station, so I walked, and walked, and walked some more, I found the street I needed but I was on the wrong side of the huge highway with no way to cross it. So soaking wet so I decided to start over again and went back to the train station, after a nice hot coffee, I checked the hostel directions again, still was only to be a 5 minute walk from the station and then I checked the map again, ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 15th 2015

Today is Pam's birthday. Had nice lunch downtown and ate some chocolate, otherwise it would have been nice to do something more for scholtz. Dodged rain for most of the day, but when the sun was out it was nice. E are currently waiting for our shuttle to the airport. With all the thunderstorms and a tornado, our flight may be delayed. We will see. Hope to see the Baltic Sea in the 14 hours.... read more
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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 14th 2015

Spent another night in Chicago. Successfully attended the Chicago Blues fest, this time. The rain held back. A Willie Dixon tribute band played a lot of old Dixon's tunes. It is amazing how many have been covered by other bands. Also saw some up and coming blues acts. Went to the Polish Museum of America. Very interesting as I am part Polish and traveled to Poland a couple years ago.Had dinner at a neighborhood bar - Rockwell - in Ravenswood Manor. Had a great time with my cousin Ann. Tomorrow at 10:00 pm we leave for Finland.... read more
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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 13th 2015

We will be staying in Chicago for a few days prior to flying Helsinki on June 15 2015. We drove uneventfully to Chicago, except for summer slowing, crawling, stopping summer construction delays as we made our way down the Tollway. We (Pam and I) will be staying with my cousin Ann in Ravenswood Manor neighborhood in Chicago. It is near the Chicago river. It is surprisingly pretty, cleaned up and with several parks. We made an attempt to go to the Chicago Blues fest, but rain altered these plans. Walked around downtown, near the Art Institute - whose lions, whom guard the entrance to the Institute, had Chicago Black Hawk helmets on. The Black Hawks are currently battling Tampa Bay for the Stanley cup. There is a interesting shiny silver horse with a replica of the ... read more
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