Monday, July 18, 2011

Chicago Day

Last Tuesday we actually spent in Chicago city. We dropped Rebecca off at the airport for her trip to Denver first thing in the morning. We'd planned an hour and half to get her from the hotel to her gate, after all it's a domestic flight and she didn't have any bags to check, right? The security lines in O'Hare are miserable. As we jogged up to the gate we heard over the speakers that anyone not getting on her flight Right Now was going to lose their seat. So much for farewell photos or time for nerves to set in. Rebecca was both excited and not about this trip. It was the actual traveling on her own that had her nervous. We didn't purchase the $100/each way minor care package since we walked her up to the gate at our end and it was a non-stop 2-hour flight, but she was still anxious. As it turns out, because she was the last one boarded her bag was checked anyway requiring a stop in baggage claim at the other end. She called Ian a little frantic...

7/12/11: Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier, Chicago

...due to being sent to another gate in Denver rather than towards the exit, but in the end all was well and she met up with her friend. We tried to be sympathetic while at the top of the Navy Pier ferris wheel.

7/12/11: Katherine and the boys in the back in the wet zone.

...and while on the SeaDog Extreme speed boat.

7/12/11: The "extreme" speedboat ride meant everyone got wet.

...and while walking around town seeing neat Stuff.

7/12/11: Street musicians, Chicago

7/12/11:  Chicago architecture

7/12/11: The original Water Tower.

Much like Pittsburgh, Chicago has a ton of awesome architecture, like the original Water Tower buildings.

We had lunch at Bubba Gump's at Navy Pier, and it brought back our time in Makati City, Manila. We walked along Lake Michigan, past Olive Park Beach and to the Hancock Building before returning to the hotel.

There's so much more to see in Chicago, we just didn't have the time. The boys really wanted to bike along the lake and stop at the beach. The Adler Planetarium was calling as well. With our families in Wisconsin and Indianapolis we'll be out that way in the future so here's hoping we can add another day in Chicago to our itinerary.

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