We were in Chicago all weekend. We had a wonderful time. We had three beautiful, sunny days in the City. There are so many fun things to do there. We spent Thursday night in Joliet at the Harrah’s Casino and Hotel. Joliet is about an hour away from Chicago and is a great place to stay. We had a complimentary room which was very nice. You can read my previous review about Harrahs Joliet although they have remodeled a few areas. Anyway, we gambled and had a few drinks. I highly recommend the sorbet at the Cross Market and the Sunday Brunch at Flavors.
Friday morning we drove to Algonquin, IL. We were staying overnight with my sister. She has a lovely home there which is about an hour away from downtown Chicago. We were heading to a 7 pm Cubs game. It was to be the first Friday night game ever.
We wanted to avoid driving. Traffic is usually heavy and we wanted to drink a few beers during the game. We decided to use the Metra train system but it was a little complicated. There were several ways to get there. We decided to drive to the closest Metra station, ride the train to the Irving Park stop, and catch the bus to Wrigley Field. We found a party bus at our train stop and it took us directly to Wrigley Field. It was $10 a person and we got a complimentary beer.
We walked around Wrigleyville, found the 2016 World Series Trophy, and got our picture taken with it. Then we settled into the Cubby Bear Bar for drinks and appetizers before the game. We had great seats in the corner of the left field with some other friends. We could see everything except the teletron, and we were really close to food, drink, and the restrooms. We had the best time but the Cubs lost to the Brewers 0 – 2. We had a few drinks at the Brickhouse and then we took an Uber to the train stop. We took the train back to my sister’s car and drove home. The train ride was very interesting and gave us time to get sober enough to drive home. Easy.
Saturday morning, we caught the the Metra train and rode it all the way downtown. Union Station is just a few bocks away. We had a lot of plans but the city was very busy and we were only able to do a few things. We went to the top of the Willis Building which has the best panoramic views of the city. There is also a glass box where you can get your picture taken out over the city. It was expensive ($22 a person) and was very, very crowded. It was fun but it consumed a big chunk of our time. We had a late lunch at Potbelly Sandwich Shop and walked two miles to Water Tower Place to see the Chicago Sports Museum. Harry Carey’s Restaurant is also located there. We stopped at Garretts for popcorn and at the Lush Store for bath bombs. There were so many stores I wanted to see and I really wanted to ride the ferris wheel at the Navy Pier, but we ran out of time. We have to go back soon!
There were dozens of cute, decorated dog statues all along Michigan Avenue. Artists have decorated and created the German Shepard dog statues to honor fallen Chicago police officers and also to raise money for Paws for a Cause. They are currently being auctioned off on eBay. Seventy percent of the proceeds will go to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and 30 percent to Paws for a Cause Chicago.
We took an Uber back to the train station, boarded the Metra, and returned to my sister’s house. We said our good byes and drove back to Joliet to spend the night, drink and gamble. It was a blast! I can’t wait to go back. This trip was a good learning experience about using public transportation and we have found some easy ways to get around Chicago.
So, it is back to reality today. We are a little tired and achey from all that walking. I am feeling a little sad for the people of Houston who are recovering from Hurricane Hugo and the chaos of Hurricane Irma. It is also the 16th Anniversary of the 9-11 castastrope which has changed all of our lives. But, I am determined to have a great week.
My Three Weekly Goals: List and Organize.
1. Eat healthy, exercise, meditate, and drink plenty of water everyday.
2. Open an eBay store.
3. Decorate my home for fall.
I have decided to try Tonya Leigh’s lifestyle advice. She advises her clients to choose three work goals and concentrate totally on those three goals. Then, you should divide your time equally between work and leisure. Taking time for rest and relaxation is necessary in order to work productively and creatively.
My first goal will be a permanent goal. I would like to make a weekly check off chart listing my health goals. I could use the motivation and I have a tendency to forget to do some of them. I have been doing a one hour Walk Away the Pounds DVD by Leslie Sansone. It makes me feel amazing. I was doing it Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and have even lost a few pounds. I’m bumping it up to 4 times a week and hope to eventually do it 5 times a week if my poor, elderly body cooperates. I highly recommend these Walk Away the Pounds DVDs. They are easy on the joints and can be done at home for any amount of time. Buy them on Amazon.com.
Tonight I start lists for my eBay store tasks and decorating ideas. Then, I will make a list of fun things to do. I want watch the season premiere of Outlander, use my Mother’s Day gift certificate for a massage, crochet, read, and work the soduku puzzle in the newspaper. I love making lists. Checking things off a list is so satisfying.
It will be a challenge to make myself take breaks and interesting to see what I can actually accomplish.
- I love going to different places and learning new things.
- My favorite part of last week was shopping at Water Tower Place.
- I am thankful for Pepsi Cola. It truly is medicinal. It can magically cure hangovers and upset stomachs.
- I am happy that I visited my little sister. We rarely see each other and we had a great time.
- The most beautiful thing I saw this week was the turquoise blue waters of Lake Michigan. So beautiful!
Have a great week!