13.05.2012 18 °C
Oops. Thought we were going to Boston, but turns out we had another day here. Luckily we found out last night after saying farewell to Brooke.
So what to do with another full day in Chicago?
We took the bus to Wicker Park but we were they way too early. Things start up much later than in Australia, much more European style over here. So we had a wander around looking at the shop fronts: Recycling boutiques, record and book shops, lots of cafes. It was Mother's day today. Seems that a mother is identified as being the one carrying a foil helium balloon or of course beautiful flowers.
Since there was not a lot of action, we got back on the bus and went to Lincoln Park which is on the north side. I really liked the stretch of beach and the open public space there. Unfortunately, just like town planning in Perth, there is a ruddy great freeway separating the park from the beach. The skyline from here is quite specky. It was so nie to see so many people taking the air: Frisbee, baseball, cycling, jogging, walking. It had a family friendly atmosphere.
After this, another bus trip to Downtown where we chanced out luck at getting tickets to see "The Jersey Boys". And we got excellent seats, 8 rows from the stage. This musical was good, I love this music (Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons). Production and the theatre were tops. It was in a lovely ornate 1909 theatre.
After this a lot of misguided walking around, not sure what to do, not wanting to go back to the B&B yet, a bit of shopping but then hey let's go to the Navy Pier see what that's like.
Another train ride and a LOT of walking. The 3 day pass has been a great buy for riding on trains and buses $14 for 72h.
I'm sorry to say, that I really didn't like the Navy Pier at all. For some reason it is featured in tour books, my advise is to avoid it. It's got a Ferris wheel, funpark style rides, chain food places and lots of people just walking about. Nothing to see unless you look back at the skyline. The boats leave for lake cruises from here. By the way, Lake Michigan is freshwater. I didn't know this until I dipped my finger in it and tasted. It looks so much like the sea but without salt, sea gulls, seaweed, shells (only a few piddly clam things)!!
OMG the bus back to the B&B..... it took ages and was getting more and more crammed with bodies. Had to get out. Preferred to walk the rest of the distance.
And so it will be bye-bye Chicago and hello Boston tomorrow. Plane leaves at 10am so we will encounter Monday peak hour traffic on the trip to O'Hare.