Well the weather today in Chicago was beautiful – blue sky and no wind. We spent the morning looking around on foot. We went up to the skydeck of the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower). Willis took the tower over a number of years ago ( they are a London insurance firm). It is around 1,450 feet tall and also has one of those glass skywalks. Once again I stepped out on it (I am not really sure why I am doing this – I really don’t like the sensation!). Anyway the skydeck provided a great view of Chicago. We got there at 9:00am and when we left the queue was out into the street. At $17.50 per adult it must bring in quite a lot of money!
Next we walked the Magnificent Mile along Michigan Street (it is the retail strip of Chicago). Not being much of a shopper all of the shops are the same as the ones we have – so I don’t feel as if I am missing out on anything. It is the one time though that I actually window shop – I like to see what they display in their windows.
We cam back via Millennium Park (completed in 2004) and the Bean (I really like this sculpture/creation).
After that we returned to the Hotel to check out and decided to head to the airport in preparation for our trip of Buffalo (and then on to Niagara (Ontario).
We flew over in a small jet (the flight was about 1.5 hours) and it was great. We headed to the hotel and checked in had something to eat. We sat overlooking the falls (it was getting dark so vision was limited) but we certainly got a feel for the size of it.
What I didn’t expect was the ritz anf glitz! Casinos and a huge fun park basically – a cross between Luna Park, Moomba and the royal Melbourne Show but on a much bigger scale and permanent and so many people!!!
We walked part of it but decided to come back to the Hotel. Will check out more tomorrow (time permitting). The main attraction tomorrow are the Falls so hopefully I will have some photos to show you.
Am only putting a few up today. Its getting late (I seem to be losing time every time we fly) It is currently 11:30pm. More tomorrow. W
PS Big match this afternoon Ess vs NM (will follow up tomorrow).
I know it is dark but it is me (same white shirt that I keep washing and wearing) and you can’t see the look on my face!!!!