Chicago Day 6 & 7: Gotz to Go…Soon.

The last two days kind of melted so here we go.

I did accomplish more than what I had planned.  Despite not going to the attractions, I still feel that I managed to get MORE than what I expected.  I now know what I want out of my life and also WHERE I want to go.  I absolutely LOVE the people of Chicago, their blunt yet polite attitude is admirable, the amenities in downtown are literally a walk away.  I must say I have thoroughly fallen completely in love with this city.  I will be sad to leave but I know I will be back.

I booked my one way ticket back home and packed up most of my belongings.  I’m still debating whether I want to check my bag as I don’t feel like lugging it onto the plane.  I love options…a girl always has to have options.  I can’t imagine ever making traveling plans without the internet..with a card number and an “Enter” button I’ve managed to make, change, book all my flights and hotel stays.  This is a proud age in time that I embrace with great big open arms.

I will be on my way by noon tomorrow, I hope to take as many pics as I can before I leave this beautiful city.  Gonna try and catch up on some much needed sleep!

Will report back on travel home day! 🙂

Chicago Day 5: Bummer…

My day started out great, had some site seeing planned, but unfortunately received some news that I have to cut my trip short. I did manage to hit the streets, this time in another direction and I travelled over the bridge noticing the forms of ice on the river. My trek led me to the shopping district which in itself was impressive. I didn’t feel much like shopping and it was a nice walk to clear my head. Although, I am disappointed about my shortened stay, I can’t help but notice how much it has changed me. I feel like I accomplished a lot here. I’ve met new people and made new friends, experienced a new sense of freedom and an opportunity to change my life for the good.

I don’t feel disappointed about my shortened stay, I feel more like I…I WILL be back to my dear Chicago.

Chicago Day 4: Low Key Monday

I stayed up late last night and paid for it as my internal alarm refused to let me sleep in, yet again.  I started my day with a cup of coffee and I watched as the Chicago streets come to life with the buses, cars and people swarming to get to their destinations.  So far, I feel that the people of Chicago are extremely similar to my personality and that of most of the people I know.  I spoke with my best friend on the phone and told her how much we had in common with the Windy City natives, there’s a hint of impatience, a slice of urgency and a dab of in your face, haha, however they are also the most down to earth, friendly and hospitable people I’ve met.

Although I didn’t venture out, I enjoyed a quiet day of rest and writing.  The city has inspired me with it’s history and general ambiance.  It feels like home and a part of me has been reignited, everything I had hoped this trip would do for me has happened.

As I wind down for the evening and settle into the my King sized “nest” I feel calm and content.  It was a great day and so far the best destination decision I’ve made.  I believe I will be back during the warmer weather as I feel I have fallen completely in love with this city.

Until tomorrow…sweet dreams!

Chicago Day 2: When I least expected it…

I managed to sleep in today, I even told the hotel elves to come back later cuz I forgot to put the sign on the door. I opened my huge hotel drapes and saw all the snow flying around decorating and frosting the buildings with shimmer. It was really pretty to see, but it pumped my breaks on my To Do list. I had intended on finding a shopping mall because my minimalist packing limited my outfit choices, so instead, I jumped right back into bed.

I was going to eat some of the oatmeal I bought at the Walgreens, but I didn’t have a spoon and kept procrastinating to simply call the concierge. I opted to drink the complimentary coffee, watch YouTube videos and do a bit of writing.

I finally dragged myself out of bed around 4pm, then decided to check out the hotel restaurant, Chuck’s. It was very classy but with a hint of sports bar. They sat me at a table for 4 which I found hilarious, then sat a group of 4 guys in a booth behind me. I could feel them staring, but I remained focused on the job at hand…to finally have my first hot meal in Chicago. I was surprised to find out that it is Chicago restaurant week where all the Chicago restaurants promote together and charge full meals at $22, $33 and $44, this trip just got even more intriguing.

I ordered an Asianic salad which had apples, watercress, candied walnuts and blue cheese…my thoughts…it was very fancy looking but I had to cut pieces of lettuce. My entree was Organic Chicken with risotto; it came with a leg and a breast a little less than average size, but the seasoning was beautifully done and the chicken melted in my mouth like butter. The risotto was very nicely done, it could have used another 5 minutes for a more even texture, but again the flavour stood out the most. Next, was my dessert…I had to laugh out loud because it was like a carnival on my plate… cotton candy, macaroons, cupcake, caramel corn..literally carnival food. I ended up taking it back to my room.

I guess I was recharged with the great food so I decided to adventure through the hotel floors to see the memorabilia. I think I may have broken an elevator going up and down to random floors..oopsy…so I took the stairs for the last couple floors. My last discovery was finding the Prince display. Now, I have been in love with his music and talent since I was a kid so I had to go back to my room as I felt my knees get weak with nostalgia. I saw his shirt and his guitar and I melted. I actually debated taking a pillow and blanket and sleep beside the display!

My new lock screen
My new lock screen

Chicago Day 1: Getting Familiar with my Surroundings

I had a nice deep sleep last night and intended on sleeping in, however my internal alarm clock had other ideas. Thanks to the complimentary Keurig, I had my morning coffee and drank it as I people watched from my window sill. I was ready to go back to bed, but I was encouraged to venture out and get familiar with my surroundings. I’m glad I did because downtown Chicago is a beautiful place.

I walked around, bought some breakfast food and gatorade from the Walgreens on the corner, very nice and helpful people there. I proceeded down the street with people and life whizzing passed me. I stared up at the beautiful buildings and got a sense of history. I couldn’t help but smile as I walked among the crowds, under scaffolds and caught glimpses of old fire escapes that trailed up the old buildings. I wanted to do more walking around, but I hadn’t eaten since before I left Canada, so I stopped and got a sub at a Subway.

I went into the Hard Rock Hotel store to check out the merchandise. (sigh) I wanted to buy one of everything! They had a guitar signed by all the Bon Jovi members and I decided to ask the store clerk a couple questions. She’s a young girl but she was so down-to-earth and since she is born and raised in Chicago she had lots of information regarding what great things there are to see. She recommended the Field Museum, which I’m totally down for, and named a couple local Irish pubs and fun bars. She was adorable and knew so many things that brochures can’t possibly mention.

I will go and chat with her again while I’m here. I just love meeting new people and laughing about how much you have in common with them. I’m still debating on whether I want to go for a drink in the hotel bar later, but I’m chalking this day up as an absolute success!

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Some stealth pics :)
Some stealth pics 🙂
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