I arrived in Chicago at 2am on the 20th…flight delayed due to bad weather. By the time I’d settled in at my hotel it was nearly 3am. YAWN! It was ok, just made me a little tired on day 1. I didn’t have anything planned for my 1st day. I wanted to walk around on my own time-line and get my bearings. I started off by walking to breakfast @ Lou Mitchell’s – It took me a while to find it and by the time I did I was starving. Upon entering I was immediately offered a donut hole and given a small box of milk duds which has been part of their greeting process since 1958 (they opened in 1923!). Everyone was really nice and they make a great french toast!

Part of the day’s exploration included Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue, & window shopping along the Magnificent mile. My favorite part of today was Millennium Park’s “the bean”. SO COOL!

From Wikipedia: Visitors are able to walk around and under Cloud Gate’s 12-foot (3.7 m) high arch. On the underside is the “omphalos” (Greek for “navel”), a concave chamber that warps and multiplies reflections. The sculpture builds upon many of Kapoor’s artistic themes, and is popular with tourists as a photo-taking opportunity for its unique reflective properties.

Stay tuned for more trip details…A skyscraper walking tour, the Art Institute, a boat tour, & going to the famous Second City comedy club!