Wednesday, October 21, 2015

It’s 3:00am on a seasonally warm October day.  What was I thinking when I booked a 6:00am flight  out of Minneapolis to Chicago.  We can’t even check into our hotel until 4pm!  Hmmm, oh yeah, the $80.00 r/t flight on Southwest Airlines got me – hook, line and sinker. As my husband and I make our way down the highway at

4:00am  towards the airport we find hardly no traffic but still a few  ass hole drivers on the road. When did Minneapolis get to be the hot bed for people who longer know the rules of the road?!  Get out of my way people – I am going on a mini-vacay! We land at the Midway airport and catch the orange line into the city (six dollars, what a bargain), This would have been ideal if we just knew at what stop to get off!  Twelve blocks or so of rolling our suitcases down the sidewalk we make it to our hotel. We find out later the orange line stopped within two blocks of our destination, we make note of that for our return trip.  We leave our bags with the front desk and are off  to enjoy the many miles of lakeshore along Lake Drive. A beautiful 76 degrees and sunshine follow us along water,  tourists and Chicagoans out enjoying what may be the last day of enjoyable weather before the cold sets in.  Sailors, joggers and us meandering along the shoreline enjoying the new sites, parks, art and well, should I say…. banana daiquiri’s  outside at Harry Carrey’s Navy Pier.

October 22nd, 2015

We wake to the view of morning sunrise over Lake Michigan.  The barges already in motion heading north full of supplies, the waves splashing lightly along the walkways leading around the museums. It is our day to take in the culture of the museums.  First stop:  Field Museum – who does not want to see Sue the T-Rex?!  A food truck with a Chicago Dog sits in the pathway of the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium.  Brilliant!  Thank you food truck owner, just what we needed before heading to the next stop  Adler Planetarium. I love museums, but sometimes am overwhelmed by all the information displayed in front me. I feel small, insignificant and just, well, let’s just say….. dumb. Since we are in the Windy City,  a perfect ending to this day would be some blues. Imagine that, just around the  corner – Buddy Guys Legends! Great blues music made for a relaxing enjoyable evening. Today was wonderful – not to mention the Bloody Mary’s at the Eleven City Diner on Wabash.  Cost: $15.50

Friday, October 23, 2015

Is this the cutest food truck ever!  I want one. One more museum to start our day and we are off to the Shedd Aquarium.  Rainy and cloudy it’s a good afternoon for some Chicago pizza  at Giordarna’s. Then, well, Mark needed a nap – we are on vacation! Hailed a cab to the north for a show at Second City.  Note, the tavern across the street was awesome. Not as awesome as the show – I love laughing!  Is this really the last night of our mini vacay?  It is – another successful, enjoyable trip with the hubby.