Saturday, 12 April 2008

Thursday 10th April 2008

Today we went into Chicago. Unfortunately it poured with rain all day but we saw enough of the city to know that we want to come back in the future and explore it more.

At Sue's suggestion we took the trolley ride around the city. It enables you to get on and off when you want and the driver gives a detailed commentary about the city as you travel along. The architecture is fantastic - a real mixture of styles - and there are many sculptures around the city. Sadly, because of the weather it was difficult to take many photographs! Here are two of the many sculptures however.

Our first stop was the theatre district. We saw the Chicago Theatre - they used the frontage of this in the film.

We went and booked a show for the evening. We decided on the Drowsy Chaperone. This is on at the West End starring Elaine Paige and it would be interesting to see how it transfers to London.

Back on the bus - we waited around 20 minutes for the bus and it was by now raining even harder. We stopped on the bus as it took us around the museum area and got off for a look at Navy Pier. As it was still raining heavily we just looked inside at the tourist type shops rather than look at the ships and boats on the lake.

Our next trip on the bus took us over the river that flows the wrong way!

We drove along the Magnificent Mile which is where all the expensive shops are and got off at the water tower. Here is the worlds first vertical shopping mall. Again - expensive shops!

We also looked in the Hershey's shop and walked past Ghiradelli's! Our final trip on the bus took us to the restaurant that we planned to eat at that evening. This is thanks to our daughters who found it when they were there in January. It is called Brazzazz and is a Brazillian steakhouse. We ate at a different Brazillian steakhouse in Orlando a couple of years ago and if you like meat then this is the place for you!

After our meal we got wet again walking to the theatre. The show was very good and very funny. Well worth seeing!

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