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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 18th 2014

Started out by trying to find my cat for a half hour so I could get him situated before I left. Ran a couple errands, picked up Katie, quick stop to see Grandpa and we were on our way! Chicago's flights were grounded due to weather & ended up getting delayed. Finally got out to O'Hare. Then we had to wait for a gate to open & by the time we got to our next gate, we were boarding! Much nicer sitting in a large plane. We arrive in London early tomorrow & have a handful of hours to switch airports, then onto Madrid! I am very proud to say I have a backpack and small tote bag for two weeks. Room to shop! Looking forward to reading my airport book-Red Velvet Cupcake Murder, watching the ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 17th 2014

Today (the 16th) was the first day of the GESI program. I awoke around 10:30 am in the hotel my dad had dropped me off the day before. While I wasn't able to get my dad a nice gift for Father's Day, it was very nice to have a nice drive together to Chicago (which was spent listening to podcasts about India that we got to talk about) So I spent my Sunday walking around the city. I figured I had seen most of the city in previous trips anyways and wouldn't stay out for long. But I began to hear a lot of music and walked to it. I ended up stumbling across the local Blues Jazz Festival! Listening to some brilliant musicians was a great w... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 15th 2014

June 15, 2014 (Chicago) having traversed the international date line, our 14 hour flight only took us a couple of hours. We landed in Chicago a few inputs ago. Nice smooth trip! One more leg and we 're home!!... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 5th 2014

June 5, 2014 (Chicago) after a timely early flight from OKC we just made our connection in Chicago. Off to LAX!... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 2nd 2014

Chicago! I love you! Arriving in Chicago on Wednesday afternoon consisted of drag bags to accommodation, beeline for Mexican restaurant, passed out cold by 8pm. Thursday however was bright eyed and bushy tailed and I headed into downtown aka 'the loop'. With nothing on my mind other than seeing what was on offer, I discovered Grants Park, Millennium Park and Museum Park. Strolling slowly, my mind wandered, and it hit me then. I'm on holiday, and this city was beautiful, vibrant and bright. With a lake so huge that my mind kept trying to trick me into thinking it was sea. It even had seagulls! I also quickly learnt why its called the Windy City. Before the wonder Renee showed up, I hovered over glass floors in Seares Tower (now known as Willis Tower) with shaking ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago April 29th 2014

Chicago, Chicago, how I Iove thee Chicago! Almost nine years ago I had the good fortune to come here for a work conference and fell under the city's spell and was so keen for Ev and Katy to love it too. We were staying in an apartment on the 39th floor of a building in the heart of the city with dazzling views of the skyline and distant Lake Michigan. There is a hearty rivalry between New York and Chicago as to which City owns the origins of the skyscraper. Chicago is all about history and architecture. It is a brash "western" city that was built from a tiny trading post by pioneers with a passion to build something from ... read more
The Cloud Gate
Deep dish
The Ball Gamr

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago April 19th 2014

Chicago pizza is deep dish style pizza that was developed in Chicago. It has a buttery crust, as opposed the the thin, crispy crust here in California or in Italia. The crust acts as a bowl for the greater abundance of cheese and chunky tomato sauce. Most pizzerias in Chicago also serve a thin crust pizza, but deep dish is their claim to fame. The Chicago style deep dish pizza was invented at Pizzeria Uno in 1943 by their founder, Ike Sewell. The Chicago Daily News disputes this with a blurb about Rudy Malnati, Uno's original pizza chef, who developed the recipe. This pizza ventures far from the origins of pizza, wherever you think it was invented. The first pizza I had in the 1970s in Rome was built on a crust that felt, looked, and ... read more
Is it Pizzeria Uno or Giordano's?
Another Losing Day at Wrigley

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago April 18th 2014

This is the 100th year anniversary of famed Wrigley Field in Chicago. Along with Fenway Park in Boston, and Yankee Stadium in New York, it is among the three most storied American ballparks. I am fortunate to have visited all three stadiums over the years. Here is some information about Wrigley: For trivia buffs, the stadium holds a treasure trove of tidbits. Brush up on your knowledge of Wrigley Field history before your visit with this cheat sheet: In 1914, the 14,000-seat ballpark was built on the grounds once occupied by a seminary for a cost of $250,000 Wrigley Field was originally called Weegham Park, after the owner of the Chicago Federals The park hosted its first game April 23, 1914, with the Chicago Federals defeating the Kansas City Packers 9-1 In 1915, the Chicago Cubs ... read more
Look at the bleachers across the street on rooftops
Joey Votto and Babe Hiskey

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago April 16th 2014

I was just a kid when I heard the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was caused my Mrs. O'Leary's cow. Since then, I have gained a healthy respect for our Second City, though I like it as my first city. I am not a big fan of New York City, though I always enjoy my visits there. I just never feel quite in control, as I just get swept away by the energy of the city. Chicago is just different, very Midwestern, yet sophisticated enough, and pretty enough. I always enjoyed visiting here in the Eighties, when this was a regular stop about 3-4 times a year. I got to know some of the neighborhoods, and do all the regular tourist things, like Wrigley Field, the Hancock Tower, the great museums, and mostly, the great food. ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago April 15th 2014

As Sinatra said, "my kind of town, Chicago Is My Kind of People, too...... Truth be known, the great Sinatra would change the words around from time to time. Here are the words, if you do not remember. Now this could only happen to a guy like me And only happen in a town like this So may I say to each of you most gratef'lly As I throw each one of you a kiss This is my kind of town, Chicago is My kind of town, Chicago is My kind of people, too People who smile at you And each time I roam, Chicago is Calling me home, Chicago is Why I just grin like a clown It's my kind of town. Melody by Jimmy Van Heusen, and lyrics by Sammy Kahn, it was nominated ... read more
Famous skyline
Is it the Daily Planet?

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