Chicago 2016 – Day Three (Shopping, shopping & more Shopping)

Today was a scheduled day of shopping, the things I have to do to make sure I can get into Chicago to have a day in the city.

But before we headed out we elected to have breakfast in the hotel $40 for 2 cups of coffee, 1 cup of tea (that never arrived) i glass of orange juice, 2 glasses of cranberry juice, 2 bowls of cereal, 1 round of toast & 1 bagel with scrambled egg! Maybe the last breakfast we have in the hotel.

We collected Aunty Jilla from Julie & Joe’s at 10:30 as agreed & headed off in the direction of Aurora & Chicago Premier Outlet (

I elected to avoid the interstate highway & travelled dow the road adjacent road, this meant we travelled past some interesting buildings & houses. The space between the homes is fantastic, where we squeeze houses in the American’s have plenty of space & green areas. I’d love to live out here but sadly I think I’m too old now to start a fresh life over here, so i’ll settle for visiting.

Finally arrived at the shopping mall & the only way to describe it’s layout is to say it looks very similar to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet at Ellesmere Port ( We parked up in an empty car park & headed off with Aunty Jilla in search of bargains.

Guess up spent first? No not Michele or Aunty Jilla but me, YES me. I was first to go shopping with the purchase of a new casual jacket to be worn with my jeans. That then opened the flood gates for Michele to put the credit card to the test with her best shopping skills.

There was jumpers, tee shirts, shirts, hoodies, shoes, safari set (for Harry), mores shoes, a wallet, even more shoes, a new carry on case as the worry was the suitcases may not be big enough for all the items we need to take home!! The credit card stuttered in Ralph Laurent, but after a quick coffee break in Starbucks it recovered to start shopping again.

Four and a half hours later I estimated that Michele had spent about $1000 on her shopping spree & the question was, is she a happy lady? Yes i think she was. Did we fall out, No. Did i get bored No. Did we enjoy Aunty Jilla’s company? oh Yes, we had a blast.

After dropping AUnty Jilla off at Julie & Joe’s we spotted Elle briefly & stopped for a coffee before catching up with Julie & then Joe when they both returned home from work.

They had had the house inspection undertaken today & albeit that there seemed to be a couple of issues with the house was there enough to stop the sale going through? Hopefully not. We decided to leave them all to it & headed off for tea.

We ate at Houlihan’s at Wheaton (, we ate here 2 yaers ago with Joshua & this was the only place not to have over-faced us, BUT not this time.

We started off with the stuffed mushrooms to share & had 7 of them delivered, wow they were delicious…………….but they were huge. We could really have only done with 3 not 7! We followed this with 3 sliders for Michele & a burger for me.

Guess what neither of us finished our meals! #overfaced

We are now sat in our room watching Gotham & sipping a bottle of Goose Island IPA ( a very nice beer but not as nice as the Duke I had last night at Granite City (

Now time for bed as Michele is already asleep after her marathon day of shopping!


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