A fake two-day and fun in Chicago

July 31, 2011 0 Comments A+ a-

It took a couple of days to recover sleep-wise from my last trip.  Referred to as a "fake two-day", we departed early in the morning from Washington (IAD) to Las Vegas (LAS), arriving to the hotel around 11 a.m.  We were there for about 11 hours--just enough time to give the casino a little money, sleep and then work the redeye/all-nighter back to IAD, arriving around 8 in the morning.

I actually like these "fake two-days"...they give you a lot of hours in a short amount of time, and the Crew Desk has to leave me alone when I get back.   I'm naturally a night person, so staying up all night isn't a problem for me--never has been.  But, man, when I got home, I was "out" within the hour.  I slept hard until late afternoon.  So, the next couple of days are spent getting back to "normal".
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Tomorrow my 21 year-old son, Chase, my 8 year-old Little Prince, Brendyn, and I we are going to Chicago for a couple of days--on a mission!  The LP loves Legos, and we are going to the Legoland Discovery Center. We also have plans to go to the Skydeck at Willis Tower, Navy Pier, and the Hershey Store.
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Oops!  Mean to post this last week!

We are back from Chicago and had a great time.  We stayed in downtown and had too many things to choose from to fill our days.   We were able to stick with our plan and visit the Willis Tower, Hershey Store,  Navy Pier and Legoland...here are some pictures:

On the ledge at the Skydeck in Willis Tower.
103 stories above the city, with 360 ยบ views.
We loved this attraction-especially the
elevator ride to the top!

This made Chase very happy!  The street sign
says"Mike Ditka Way." It is one of the many
honorary streets in Chicago, this one
for the famous coach of "da Bears!"

Off to the Hershey store!

With an "Official Factory Worker" ID card,
my Little Prince set about making candy and
filling up his bucket.  He is an outstanding employee!

Off to the Navy Pier for dinner and fireworks!



Spaghetti in Chicago:  mmmmmm!



Crashed!
With our big agenda today, guess who
was awake early?

Out in the suburbs, Legoland!

This is about 4 feet tall, all made of Legos!


Downtown Chicago-in Legos!



We had a great trip to Chicago--it really is one of the friendliest cities in the world.  When buying our subway tickets at a machine at ORD, one of the Chicago Transit Authority employees walked over to see if we needed help.  I just can't imagine that happening in Washington (although I'm sure it does, occasionally.)  Without exception, every single person we encountered in Chicago was so very friendly and smiling--it was  Southern hospitality with a Midwest accent.   

To me, the Legoland Discovery Center was cool, for a suburban birthday-party kind of place.  To my young grandboy, whose world revolves around Legos, our visit was the Holy Grail.  Wait until he finds out that Legoland is opening a theme park in Florida this Fall!


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