Chicago 2016 – Day 7 (Poorly Wife)

Today has not been what we expected even though the weather this morning has been the best so far with warm sunshine.

We woke up to Michele feeling nauseous, hot then cold, a blocked nose and a headache 🙁

I went off to find a pharmacy, which was not too far a drive. A quick chat with the pharmacist & I was on my way back to the hotel. The first dose of tablets did no good at all as they caused Michele to be violently sick!

As there was nothing I could do Michele told me to catch up with Julie & Joe. But rather burden them with my presence I asked could I borrow their access card for the arboretum at Morton ( & off i went on my own to chill.

after parking the car at the main visitor centre car park I elected to walk the perimeter trails 1, 2, 3 & 4 including the extension to ‘Big Rock’ I had a couple of hours walking on my own in perfect weather conditions. I even took a detour up to the ‘Big Rock’ which reportedly was left there by a glacier millions of years ago. The trail close to the visitor centre was busy but the further away you got the quieter it was & at some points i didn’t see anyone for 15+ minutes.

Arriving back at the visitor centre i stopped off for a loom at the displays & have a refreshing fruit yogurt. I chatted with the visitor centre staff who advised I’d walked about 5 miles. A really enjoyable time as I don’t usually get to spend so long in my own company. At one point on the walk I’m sure I heard a woodpecker in the tree canopy above me.

Arriving back at Julie & Joe’s I was told Joe had gone out to clear his head but if i wanted to join him for a pint by all means do so. So off i went to Warren’s Ale House at Weaton ( where i found him perched at the bar. After a chat & a beer I left Joe & headed off to see how Michele was. All seemed OK, but still tucked up in bed. The only thing bothering her now was a headache.

I went back to Joe & Julie’s to meet Tom Joe’s best man who had just arrived from San Diego. Julie & the girls had been out to have their nails done but soon arrived back. Nor long after they got back & Julie  had had confirmation of the house report. There was still some work to agree on but things seem to be going in the right direction.

Just as I was about to leave Joe’s dad appeared after his drive from his home a few hours away. I said my goodbyes & went to get Michele out of bed & some food in her.

Now sat in bed writing my blog before an early night ready for tomorrow.


Chicago 2016 – Day six (lazy day)

Today has been the laziest day of the trip so far

I had a Skype call with my mum this morning, before we headed out for breakfast or was that brunch? We went to Butterfield’s again but this time all I wanted was a simple BLT! But not in the USA don’t get me wrong, the food here is great but every late is oversized, there are no half measures. The BLT was like half a loaf with crusts included. Then there was the side of fries too. Nothing is in half measures.

A walk around the shopping mail emptied my pocket rather than the belly I’ve grown over here!

I let Michele drive the car this afternoon on the car park, I’m not a good instructor, no patience, albeit Michele is a good driver, I’m a poor passenger!

We called at Julie and Joe’s late afternoon and caught up with Aunty Jilla, the rest of the house was asleep!

I had errands to do, pick suits up, pick Rachel and Nick up from lisle station and finally get the sandwiches from subway.

I dropped the car off at the hotel and asked for a lift back to Julie and Joe’s only to be told by the Hilton bellhop they won’t drop off at private hoiuses only businesses! Joibsworth

Avoid evening with the family at Julie’s

Chicago 2016 – Day Five (Chicago)

well today was all about the payback for being a good boy & helping Michele during her turbulent shopping sprees. Yes i was allowed to go into CHICAGO 🙂

No breakfast before we left at just after 10:00 for the train from Lisle to Union Station, Chicago. A simple & comfortable ride for the 50 minute trip to the city. The weather was warm but overcast as we left Lisle train station & the same when we arrived in Union Station, Chicago.

The clouds however were down at almost street level which spoilt the views of the city i cherished so much. This was not a good day for heightseeing. That’s my new word for the combination of sightseeing mixed with skyscraper seeing. HEIGHTSEEING.

We got to street level & headed off for brunch & found a busy little deli cslled Cosi,

Now refueled  we headed over to Millenium Park and actually managed to find the ‘bean’ in the low lying cloud, but unlike last time the we were here the backdrop was not as spectacular as all the skyscrapers were shrouded in mist 🙁

From Millenium Park we wandered over to Michigan Avenue & you all know what that means….. Yes MORE SHOPPING :O We hit the Nike store, then the shopping mall at Water Tower Place ( yes all seven floors) including Macy’s.

By this time it was mid-afternoon as we headed back up the Magnificent Mile. We stopped and asked a Hotel concierge where they recommended we stop for a traditional Chicago pub & were directed towards Timothy O’Tooles Pub were i had 3 pints of Chicago’s finest IPA beers & Michele had a handful of cocktails. We sat talking to a nice guy who worked for ‘Lend Lease’  as well as the barman who liked music from the Manchester Scene & knew all about The Stone Roses, Oasis, Happy Mondays & the Hacienda!

Now time for our evening meal, Michele had been told that the best pizza in Chicago came from Giordano’s so that is where we headed off to. Six (yes 6) slices of deep dish pizza for two of us, BIG, BIG mistake – I ate one (yes 1) while Michele had two. The other three were boxed up for us to take home.

No back to Union Station & the 50 minute ride to Lisle where we’d been told there would be plenty of taxis waiting – Yeah Right, thanks Hilton Lisle there wasn’t. Eventually after calling the hotel to book a cab for us one finally appeared, no thanks to Hilton who didn’t answer out calls 🙁

Now sat in the hotel bar listening to a bunch of self opinionated Americans talking the obligatory BULLSHIT.