Chicago: The Windy City

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May 8th 2014
Published: May 8th 2014
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First day of our road trip was uneventful. Traffic was great and we arrived in Chicago at about 1:30 pm. Leaving the house today was typical with me sitting, ready to go with my coat on and Bill running around saying “Do we have everything?” and me answering, “check the list, check the get the point.

I have been to Chicago before so this was our chance to visit places we have not been to. We decided to do the “tourist areas” and left early Tuesday to visit the Willis Tower (previously known as the Sears Tower), which is the tallest structure in the world. We decided to take the scenic route to Chicago from Joliet and a 30 minute drive took us an hour and a half. Interesting to see how many Latino areas there are heading north. The area is all Spanish, lots of restaurants and some interesting sites, such as the guy standing in the middle of the road changing his pants, holding up traffic. Honestly, I did not look.

Arrived at the Skywalk to the Willis Tower and paid the entrance fee, which was well worth it. The elevator ride

At least he looked out the window, looks a little green!
up 102 stories was a little shaky. I was worried that Bill would not get off the elevator as he is afraid of heights and could picture him just riding up and down until I left. But, my courageous husband got off and to his surprise he was able to walk around and glance briefly out the windows. Interesting fact, no one washes the windows here; they are all done by window washing machines!

Similar to the CN Tower, there are glass floors and I managed to take a picture through the glass viewing the street.

From here we proceeded to Millennium Park, right in downtown Chicago. It was nice to walk around but at this time of year, most of the buildings are closed and the gardens are not fully in bloom. Our next stop was Wrigley Field. Chicagoans are enthusiastic baseball fans and for the past two days, the White Sox and the Cubs have been playing. It was so cool to see the rooftop seats, which are outside the park, on the roof of houses where home runs are hit. Saw quite a few people, with baseball gloves, standing on the street waiting to catch the balls to leave the park.

This first day of sightseeing was fantastic. Next we are off to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to visit their stadium and buy cheese. We most likely will stay in the Twin Cities tonight in Minnesota. Took lots of pictures and will download later. Til next time...............

By the way, Agnes has behaving herself!

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