We had another early start today as I’d boxed Julie’s car in and she needed to go to work! I did wake up in time to move my car so she could get hers out. The car tonight is now parked in the visitor bays ????
The boys were all up early too as we were off into Chicago today for our first trip into the city.
We dumped the car at Forest Park park and ride station and caught the L (city tube/rail link) to La Salle which is just on the edge of the loop and only a couple of blocks from The Willis Tower. The trip in only cost $5 to park for 12 hours and $2.50 to catch the L each – cheap as chips. We did pass through some interesting districts on the way through to Chicago though.
Once we were up on the street level out came my map to locate where we were but before I’d got my bearings a helpful young man asked where we were looking to go to and he directed us in the direction of the Willis Tower. Lewis was having a Starbucks withdrawal so we speed of for him to get his fix! Then off to the Willis Tower.
Oh no the queuing times were an hour and a half which was no good for us as we were off to meet our Chicago greeter at 13:00. So we decided to leave the Willis Tower until later on the day and walled along the river for about 4-5 blocks before we headed down the side of the loop where Michele found Macy’s and she enough we were dragged in????
Then it was time for lunch and Lewis chose a small deli called Toni’s not the cheapest at $45 for four baguettes but it was nice.
Then it was time to meet our greeter Susan. Susan escorted us all over the loop giving out vast amounts of information on the architects who had built the high rise skyscrapers as well as the ones who had renovated them. I found the whole afternoon with Susan great and informative but as much as she tried she did struggle to engage with Lewis who was a little bored. Joshua though I think had a better experience. We even made it into the Federal Reserve where we saw a million $1 bills all in a cube. 3 hours later we finished up at a model of the city of Chicago. Not bad for a free greeter tour.
We said or thanks to Susan and said goodbye and headed off to the Willis Tower.
Again the queues were retorted at 90 minutes but with out fast pass tickets this was brought down to 30 minutes then it was up in the lift to the 103rd in just 70 second.
Wow the views over Chicago are just fantastic from the skydeck vantage point – this kept us all busy wandering around from window to window trying to spot the buildings Susan had taken us to. We also got our second view of Lake Michigan.
Josh managed to get some souvenirs from the Willis Tower shop before we headed back down to ground level again in 70 seconds.
The drive back to Julie’s was in a wet one as the heavens opened and I became a true Chicagoan driver by cutting someone up on the freeway!
Lewis kindly cooked our evening meal of chicken and pasta, now just chilling with Julie, Elle, Josh and Michele.