Chicago Water Tower
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What a day Thursday turned out to be. It started bright and early with our children arriving at our room at the hotel around 6am. They had the bright idea of taking an overnight flight giving them the whole day to enjoy which actually was a great idea only they never got to sleep on their flight because it was full of turbulence.
Have to share that when they all planned to fly together from LAX I had some mixed emotions. God forbid something happened, but I had to move past those thoughts or I'd go a little crazy thinking about it. Taking a direct flight from LAX was the best plan for our daughter who is afraid to fly. (a few anti-anxiety pills helped)
So Amber laid on the bed and was immediately asleep. Soon to follow was Tristen and Adam while Dylan got comfy in the chair with the ottoman. So we let them sleep. We went down to the pool and I got in my exercise and sat for awhile in the spa. We waited for awhile before we returned to the room. (their rooms were not ready yet) Then we ended up showering and getting dressed. Mark had a conference call and then I meet him downstairs for breakfast. We let the kids get about 4 hours sleep and woke them at 10:30am. Amber and Dylan were able to get their room while Adam and Tristen got ready in ours. (funny how your adult children are still so little in our eyes, especially when they are sleeping)
We had planned Thursday as the day we would go to the loop. Our son in law Dylan had never been to Chicago and I wanted to make a point of getting over to Navy Pier so he could have a great view of the skyline. Well we had the most incredibly beautiful weather the entire trip except for Thursday. It was cold and cloudy with a threat of rain all day. Luckily it didn't rain until much later.
Our first stop was Gino's East on Superior for one of our favorite deep dish pizza. After that we walked along Michigan Avenue for a little bit heading over to the John Hancock building. The kids went into a few shops looking for something warmer to put on. Tristen bought a cute sweater and Amber found a great jacket at H&M. I spent my time taking picture of the giant golf balls along the street which were in honor of the Ryder Cup coming up this weekend in Medinah, IL.
Even though it was foggy it was still fun at the top of the Hancock building! They take a group picture before you go up in the elevator and we bought them. I need to scan them and show them off. Also here we are on the 94th floor which we arrived on in 40 seconds and looking out the window a monarch butterfly flew by. It was amazing!
Then we headed over to Navy Pier to view the skyline. It certainly gave a new meaning to "The Windy City" and we froze our butts off walking around the pier. I actually think the pictures are pretty with the evil skies lurking about.
After Navy Pier we headed somewhere in the city to a small local pub to meet up with some of the wedding party who were meeting to watch the Bears play Green Bay. Of course the groom Jimmy was there and he brought my mother-in-law who had flown into town that afternoon. The plan was for us to take her back with us when we left so Jimmy could stay and party. It was fun but I was so tired from our long day that the LOUD was wearing me down.
When we arrived back at the hotel my mother-in-law went to her room, Amber and Dylan went to their room while Adam, Tristen, Mark and I went to the bar a shared a very nice bottle of wine. I slept pretty well that night!
To be continued.............
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