Saturday, 4 August 2012

Chicago, IL Day 4

Chicago, IL Day 4: Wednesday

So day 4 we woke up and ate breakfast at Tempo again. This time I ordered the Morning Glory Special, which was French toast with strawberries, blueberries, and bananas.

My brother's Belgian waffle
We then took the 145 to Madison and State. We went shopping along that strip and then met back at the hotel for 3:30.

After returning we went for a quick swim at the hotel. The pool there is on the very top floor. Along with the pool, there is also a sauna, fitness room, change room, and bathrooms.

We then took the 66 to to Navy Pier. We did the 5:30 architectural boat tour. It was really cool. There were lots of really interesting buildings. After the Chicago fire, nothing was left standing except for the old Watertower, so they had to rebuild everything. A lot of the architecture there is very neoclassical and has a lot of European influence.

We then ate at Harry Caray's Tavern for dinner at Navy Pier.

Navy Pier sign, not lit up.

At Harry Caray's I ordered a Sierra Mist and a Tavern Burger. The food was great and service was awesome. It was actually so hot that day that when I got my drink, though the glass was sweating and it was filled with ice cubes, it didn't feel cold at all. It actually felt lukewarm, it was that hot! Our waitress was really great. She had an AMAZING memory and remembered all of our orders perfectly.

After eating we decided to go on the Ferris Wheel there. It had actually been created to honour the original Ferris Wheel that had been built for the world expo. It was VERY high up but it was really neat to see, especially at night when the city was all lit up.

While we were waiting for the fireworks to start, a flash mob appeared! It was pretty fun, but rather organised so it didn't look all that great. After the fireworks we grabbed the 66 back to the hotel. There were a TON of people waiting to hop on the 66 with us, but all eight of us managed to get on the same bus. 

When we got back to the hotel we went to bed almost right away we were all so exhausted.

Quote of the day: You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. - James Baldwin