Saturday, June 11, 2016

Day 2 - Saturday June 11 2016

We started the morning with a quick breakfast and then met our driver (Jim) and tour guide (Todd) at 8:30 am from Chicago Private Tours and their comfortable van.  Todd was an architecture major and certainly knew the details about many of Chicago's beautiful buildings.  We also went to the Lincoln Conservatory (I'll save all those photos for another date), drove past Wrigley Field, Soldier Field and US Cellular (White Sox), learned where specific movies were filmed, drove past President Obama's Chicago home, Louis Farrakhan's home and the 4 duplicate homes for each of his 4 wives (David was really pumped by this time), learned about the Chicago River and its 2 branches which forms a "Y".  If you walk around Chicgo you will see the "Y" hidden everywhere.  We walked through Millennium Park and had multiple photos of Cloud Gate (commonly known as the "bean". Jim and Todd dropped us off at the Navy Pier where we had lunch at Harry Caray's.  After luch we took an architectural river cruise.  It was a little warm (91 degrees with no shade) but the tour was interesting.  After the tour we made out way back to the hotel for quick shower and then met for dinner.  Being a little tired we changed our dinner reservation and just walk across the street to Peter O'Toole's Bar based on  recommendation from hotel.  Well, it was a sports bar and USA was playing Paraguay in soccer - so loud we could not hear each other yelling across the table.  The food was great but atmosphere not really to our liking.  We ate quickly and hit the street towards Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave).  We made out way to John Hancock building and went up  to 96th floor for a view of the city (free if you purchase a cocktail - Gwen had a strong water).  We left John Hancock and made our way to the hotel so we would not be caught in the annual naked bike riders.

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