Chilling in Chi-town.

For the first time during the holiday we’ve managed to have a bit of a break and just relax and take things slower.  It’s been nice to catch our breath, in what’s known as the “Windy City”, Chicago.

Chicago is the beginning (or the end, depending on which way you go!) of Route 66, although being such a big city, there’s not much sign of the old Mother Road.  Except for, of course, the signs…

Chicago is the traditional start point of Route 66.

Chicago is the traditional start point of Route 66.

Of course, we had to be different and go backwards, so it was actually the end point for us.

Of course, we had to be different and go backwards, so it was actually the end point for us.

As well as going end to end of Route 66, we went "Pier to Pier" - from Santa Monica Pier to Navy Pier.

As well as going end to end of Route 66, we went "Pier to Pier" - from Santa Monica Pier to Navy Pier.

We had lunch at Lou Mitchells on Route 66 in Chicago - it's been there since 1923!

We had lunch at Lou Mitchells on Route 66 in Chicago - it's been there since 1923!

If you are looking for Route 66 stuff in the Chicago area, look for the Route 66 museum in Berwyn.  It’s only small, but well worth a visit!

We’ve also enjoyed doing a bit of sightseeing in Chicago.  It feels like the biggest city I’ve ever been to – even though I’ve been to London many times!  The buildings are fascinating, an interesting mix of old and new side by side.  Plus there’s the beautiful Lake Michigan Lakefront.  Add to that some friendly locals and awesome Pizza and I have to say Chicago’s made a pretty good impression on me.  🙂

Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park

Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park

Inside Union Station

Inside Union Station

Gorgeous architecture

Gorgeous architecture

Willis Tower - the tallest building in the USA.  (Formally Sears Tower)

Willis Tower - the tallest building in the USA. (Formally Sears Tower)

The view from Willis Tower.  You can see the Hancock building and Lake Michigan.

The view from Willis Tower. You can see the Hancock building and Lake Michigan.

Me, in a glass/perspex box, 103 floors above the ground.  Fun!  They wouldn't let me jump off though...

Me, in a glass/perspex box, 103 floors above the ground. Fun! They wouldn't let me jump off though...

Traditional Chicago "deep dish" pizza at Giordano's.

Traditional Chicago "deep dish" pizza at Giordano's.

Next stop, Detroit!

P.S.  I apologise for the distinct lack of car pictures lately…  Let me make up for that.  oxo

Yes please!

Yes please!

So pretty...

So pretty...

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2 Responses to Chilling in Chi-town.

  1. Lyn says:

    I’m sure just being in that perspex box could be challenging enough (to some!!!!!) without having to jump off in a harness!!!! Good for you

  2. Andrew says:

    “It feels like the biggest city I’ve ever been to – even though I’ve been to London many times!”

    Just wait until you get to NYC…Ditto on the Art Deco architecture as well.

    Heh…Looks like you took my tip about Giordano’s. Westside?

    Pier-to-pier– I never thought of that. Good idea!

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