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The city with attitude

The loop and the pier

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I leave the hotel to find the streets pretty empty and much quieter on account of it being a Sunday and the shops are stating to close (at 6). This was much more relaxing for me and I was much happier given that I was still pretty much worn out. My break and rest had done me so much good and my back and feet were almost recovered and pain free...almost!!!
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I head off towards town and over the Chicago river into 'the loop' where there are lots of well known pieces of art dotted around and so I go off in search of them. This was quite a leisurely stroll and I am feeling pretty relaxed for a change. Its hitting sunset so I don't have much time left of daylight so I head to Millenium park.
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A man asks me for directions (I mean seriously!?!?!). I get a bit confused and tell him the wrong way before telling him the right way, he is actually quite rude and definitely not as nice as some of the other places I have been.
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En route I look for the route 66 sign, this is the start of the road which used to end in LA (now Santa Barbara...I think). I can find the street where it should be, but not the sign. I don't think its here anymore (MIA) and so in the end I give up as I look like a weirdo walking up and down the same street!
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Millenium park is a pretty cool place, its really busy (this is where everyone was). There are two towers which have water running down them but also have video screens behind showing waterfalls (a waterfall within a waterfall) and other random pictures. There are loads of kids playing in the water. There is a grassy part where there are people playing games, they also hold free concerts here, especially in the summer. There is a lot of art too, some of it quite unusual. I have come here to see the 'bean', its really cool and massive. I feel like maybe I am being bitten alive or it could be paranoia (it is!)!
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After that I head towards the pier. It is dark by the time I get there. There are also lots of people here, lots of shop and chain restaurants like Bubbagumps. I have a look around a few shops. One of the souvenir shops has a very od selection of dog presents, its pretty mental, I'm not even in LA yet!!!
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I have a look at the tourist info desk to see hwta is on. There is an Imax here with a Hubble 3D show narrated by Leonardo Di Caprio. I am tempted by it and also Inception 3D, but I doubt I will have time tomorrow as I will need to be at the airport and the timings don't fit in. There also a Natal exhibition...awwww if only Rich was here. Geek!!!
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There are lots of couples. Many seem like they may have been to the theatre to see Billy Elliott...or Shrek the musical...WTF?!?! It certainly seems to be quite a romantic place to come.

I walk down the pier, which turns out to be massive, there are lots ofboats where you can take trips, even at night. Theres tons of restaurants and a big food court (I am tempted by the Ben and Jerrys ice cream shop), it seems like the place to be on a Sunday evening. There is a big ferris wheel and a ew other rides. I walk to the end of the pier whihc is pretty impressive as you can see the Chicago skyline in the dark. The pictures I take don't come out too well, but in real life it looks really nice.
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It seems everywhere I have been so far has some affiliation with the Irish. A bar is serving a drink called 'Half anf half' which is half Guiness and half Harrp, god knows what that would taste like!

I walk back to the hotel which is about a 20 minute walk. I notice how crazy the car parking prices are, really expensive, about $16 for 20 minutes!

The city seems quite cool and trying to encourage health and fitness as there are several bike parks where you can pick up a bike, ride around and then drop it back somewhere else and its all automated...so if ever you fancy a midnight bike ride...I didn't and carried on towards the hotel!

I had hoped to get something nice to eat, but I ended up in the 7-11 buying (another) sandwich. The Absolut was on the pricey side, $23 for 1/2 litre jeeees!

When I got back to the hotel I couldn't remeber my room number so I had to go to reception and ask. I felt pretty stupid, but my memory is like sieve and a new room number nearly every night isn't helping!

One thing that makes me laugh is the health commercials. I suppoose its because they dont have the NHS, but when you see adverts for depression and joint replacements and all their side affects listed, it all seems very weird!

Ah back to my bed watching Inglorious Bastards (I love Tarantino AND Brad Pitt) then sleep...East coast...DONE!!!

Posted by Sarlou 16:37 Archived in USA Tagged chicago

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