I'm in Chicago. We're staying right off Millennium and Grant Park in a beautiful hotel. I feel very, very lucky.
The hotel was built in the 19th Century and is next to the El, so you can hear the rumble of the trains very lightly every few minutes. Also - the El is amazing. Texas: get with it on public transit.
We're taking it easy as we go. Today we walked around the park and Buckingham Fountain, and then walked to the Field Museum (home of Sue the T-Rex) where we spent several hours and saw maybe half of the place. We walked back, rested, then went for dinner. Feeling jolly, we walked over to Millennium Park where we saw The Bean, some fireworks and a live broadcast of the Chicago Ballet which, apparently on Wednesdays in the summer they show on a huge screen in the park. For free. The place was packed. Wrap your head around that, Austin-which-likes-to-pat-itself-on-the-back.
Oh, and the stage and area where this was shown, designed by architect Frank Gehry. Just because.
Tomorrow: The Aquarium and Planetarium.
I appreciate the food suggestions, but we're somewhat limited by the fact that Chicago is absolutely enormous as a city, and we're mostly trying to walk. Based on our location, we can walk many directions and have many options, and so far, so good.
You won't see us doing 20 things in a day because that's not really the plan and we're not trying to rush. The goal of this vacation was to take a vacation, so we're in the Windy City to take it easy.
Plus, give Jamie a break. Girlfriend is on dialysis.
Anyway, that's trip report 1, I suppose.