Day #1 Chicago

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View from our hotel

 I've been looking forward to going back to Chicago since the last time I had visited in 2007.  Our plane left Tampa at 7:40am and it was non-stop to Chicago. We arrived around 10:00am. We collected our luggage and we all pitched in for a taxi to our hotel. Our hotel "Hotel 71" was close to the corner of Wacker and Michigan on the Chicago river and across the street from Wendella Boat Tours.  The views from the room were fantastic!!!  After getting settled we hit the street.  We were all hungry and started looking for someplace to eat lunch. We happened to see a sign for Billy Goat's Tavern. You had to head downstairs from Michigan Avenue. As soon as you walk in the are asking you if you want a "double cheeseburger".

Billy Goat Tavern
We have "Pepsi not Coke".  We have "Potato Chips not Fries". We all got cheeseburgers, chips, and a Pepsi.  Everything was fresh and delicious. You never know what you will find!!

We headed North on Michigan towards the Hancock building. We stopped along the wat to watch the street performers and do a little shopping. We shopped at the Apple Store, Harley Davidson, and Fanny May chocolates. Our main goal was to visit the John Hancock Observatory. I have to say that the streets and river where very clean.  At the base of the Hancock building there are restaurants, cafe's and shops. You walk down the steps and into the basement level to purchase your $15.00 tickets for the observatory. It may not be the tallest building in Chicago but it has the best views of Lake Michigan and the city.

John Hancock Building
 The Observatory was located on the 94th floor. They have a gift shop and a cafe on the floor also.

We headed back South on Michigan Avenue towards Millennium Park. We all wanted to see the "Bean". It's a cool work of art. It's metallic and in the shape of a bean. It was really neat to look at. If you walk underneath of it and look up you can see many many reflections of yourself. Our next stop was Grant Park. Not a whole lot going on here that day but it was a nice park with a huge amphitheater for concerts and plays. Really nice!! It was made of what looked like chrome.

It was getting late afternoon and we had tickets for the Chicago White Sox's game. We headed back to the hotel, freshed up, and headed to the Red Line train from Lake Avenue and Sox-35th. It was $4.50 for a round trip ticket. The train was full of Sox and Yankee fans. Our seats were located in section five just right of home plate. The fans were great!! The Sox won!! Angela was the only Yankee's fan with our group. She had a few tears in here eyes but she made it....lol. After the game they had the friday night fireworks show. A good way to end the night.

After the game it was back on the train and to our hotel. We meet some great people on the train. What a long day it has been. We were at the airport that morning at 5:00am and it was 11:30pm when we got back to our hotel. Our feet hurt and we were all tired.

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View from our hotel
View from our hotel
Billy Goat Tavern
Billy Goat Tavern
John Hancock Building
John Hancock Building
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Trump Tower
Trump Tower
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Me
Wrigley Building
Wrigley Building
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Me
Hancock building
Hancock building
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Brian, Angela, Matt, Charlie
Brian, Angela, Matt, and Me
Brian, Angela, Matt, and Me
MAC cosmetics at Macys
MAC cosmetics at Macy's
Walking Michagin Ave.
Walking Michagin Ave.
Brian and Charlie
Brian and Charlie
Hancock building
Hancock building
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Brian, Matt, and Charlie at the H…
Hancock building
Hancock building
Hancock building
Hancock building
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94th floor Observatory
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Navy Pier
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Sears Tower
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Matt
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Brian and Matt
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Angela
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Chicago Tribune
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Angela
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Matt and Charlie
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Charlie at Millenium Park
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Grant Park
Grant Park
Grant Park
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The Bean
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The Bean
The "Bean"
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Trump Tower
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