Wednesday, April 28, 2010

CHICAGO!

Wow... it has been a long time since my last post (relatively speaking).  Not sure why.  I've had many ideas of what I want to post going on in my head since then, but don't like sitting down and writing SOMETHING just for the sake of writing.  I like to write something I can read and say "that's exactly how I wanted to say that".   So this week at school, my students are doing end of level testing, which means I actually have a minute to sit and write.
It has been an action packed, adventurous past couple of weeks.  I had a week off for spring break, and Hayden... being his own boss (finally), was able to take a few days off work. We had some rewards points to spend, had some airline buddy passes, and used priceline to get a great getaway to CHICAGO.  We didn't go for anything special, just to see the city and spend some chill time together.   Hayden's aunt lives a bit away from Chicago, so we were able to sneak in a visit with her as well.

What to say about Chicago?  It's amazing.  The architecture is comparable to seeing a national park.  Overwhelming.  
Beautiful.  
a.m.a.z.i.n.g
The people were surprisingly friendly and helpful (more-so than average).  I was especially excited about going to Chicago when I was seeing temperatures approaching 80 degrees just 2 days before we left.  Apparently that city shares the same weather that Utah does, because by the time we got there it was COLD.  High temperatures of 38.  Needless to say, with the temperatures and the rain, I did not get out to run along Lake Shore Drive (along the coast) like I had initially planned.  Bummer.   We did stay at the Drake Hotel, one of the older hotels in Chicago, and right on the Lake Shore.

It's no surprise that Chicago is host to several movie backdrops.  It is GOTHAM in Batman, and The Fugitive was filmed here.  Kinda cool to walk around and recognize features and buildings.
Our trip was chock full of activities, so MUCH walking, and so so much good food.  Comedy show (@ second city), lunch atop the Hancock Center, shopping, food, riding the el (subway), museums, Wrigley Field,  Chicago River, more shopping, more food, and a few naps in between.
A big high five to Hayden for a getaway well planned.

3 comments:

Nathan and Shanna said...

I love little get a ways! I'm glad that you got to have one in Chicago! WOW! Looks like a fun place with lots to do. Thanks for sharing!

kimg said...

i loved chicago too. it was cold and windy and rainy when i went also, but i didn't even mind. so much public art too. isn't the cloud sculpture cool? so fun to take photos of. ahhh, memories... i'm glad you had so much fun!

Lori said...

How amazing is that! I mean to get some one on one quality time with your husband. Whenever I go somewhere new, I like to go running as well.
This weather sucks.

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