It was a whirlwind weekend we had visiting Chicago and my nephew who was there with his Air Force Gymnastics Team for a competiton at the University of Illinois in Chicago(UIC). My folks and us started out Friday morning and arrived in Joliet to set up the RV in the nearby campground. We got settled and went on into Chicago for the evening. It has been 15+ years since I have been in and around Chicago. More years than that since I have drove in the big city! Now I am not the best driver(I prefer riding my bike), but when needed I can don on my “city driving hat” and act just as crazy as the next city driver. So it was apparent when we were heading into the city on I-55 that this is a congested traffic more so than St. Louis(used to that city). After a few turns off the highway we arrived at UIC to watch my nephew and his team perform.
After they did an outstanding job, we took my nephew on a little outing in the city at night. Night driving in the big city when you don’t know where you are going is……let’s say…….quite a TRIP!! I don’t get all flustered and just go with the traffic. If I get lost then I go another direction. Good thing our car has a built in compass to tell us what direction we are going. East means that the lake is straight ahead!! But then there were two occasions that I went down the wrong way on a one way street. I am good at U-turns LOL!! It also didn’t help that we didn’t have a good city map. Just an atlas that was crap. After driving what almost literally was on every street in downtown Chicago, north and south at 10pm or later, we found a Subway that was open so we could eat. There is almost a Subway and Starbucks on every block!!! But only a few were open. And my nephew hadn’t really eaten since 1pm. Poor guy.
So after eating, we went back into the dark, wet and mysterious streets of Chicago to find his hotel room. We didn’t really know the name of the street, other than that is was Holiday Inn a top of the Chicago Sun-Times building. INTERESTING!!! So again……..we travel all over the streets to find his hotel. Again I put on my “city driving hat” and off we go on another jaunt in Chicago. I like driving under the “L”! At about 1am, we finally found his hotel!!!!!
Next day was a free day for my nephew so we drive back into the city to pick him up to have a fun day about the town. This time we have a good detailed map of Chicago!!! Better driving during the day. And I had quite a few hours of Chicago driving under my belt. So I knew how to navigate. We wanted to go up the Willis(Sears) Tower, but because of the low fog and high winds, it was closed and only can go in the lobby. POOH! So we headed on to the Museum of Natural History. At this time it was getting late after touring Lake Shore Drive and the city while we wait for the rest of my family to show up. So we connect with them at the museum 2 hours before they close!!! OH well….we see what we can!
On Sunday was his final rotations for the meet. At this point I was used to the city driving and knew where I was going. Only took me a night and a half to do that!! LOL! Again my nephew and his team did outstanding job! We had a full day at the event and it was time to say good-bye to my nephew who we haven’t seen in so long.
Below is a picture that you can click on to get to my Facebook album to see the pictures I took of my nephew performing and of some of the sites in Chicago. You might see some resemblance to my nephew and me