Day 19: Chicagoland
Trip Start Jul 29, 2007
22Trip End Aug 18, 2007
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Day 19: Chicagoland
States covered: IL (really just Chicagoland)
Miles: Approx. 75
Highlights: Chicago museums campus; Oak Park
Abby meltdowns: 1 at the end of the day - perhaps we weren't in the car long enough today
Weather: Overcast and warm; though breezy and a bit cool along Lake Michigan
Phrase of the day: "Return to the highlighted route." What Karen on our GPS kept telling us when we tried other than her suggested route due to traffic
Yesterday's trivia: The pictures of what 3 U.S. President's are above both houses of the Iowa state legislature? Abe and two Georges -- Washington and W.
What is notable about Herbert Hoover's birth? HH was the 1st President born west of the Mississippi.
Today was a light day in terms of mileage, but not necessarily time in the Odyssey. We were welcomed back to big city traffic in a big way - all day, in every direction. We don't recommend taking a job w/ a long commute in Chicago.
After a nice breakfast with our friends Yvette and Brent, we headed down to the waterfront, near Soldier Field and the "museum campus" area of Chicago along the lake. After photos in front of the skyline, we walked around the museum area and Grant Park. Turns out there is an air show in town this weekend, so we saw the USAF Thunderbird fighter jets practicing runs through downtown - literally below and between the skyscrapers. Awesome! (said Paul, Ann and Abby were a bit freaked out by the noise)
Next we headed for the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio in Oak Park
Finally, at Yvette's suggestion, we found a bit of the quirky as well. You will see "The Spindle" in today's photo album. It is a piece of art - several cars stacked and skewered on a pole - in the middle of a nondescript strip mall parking lot. You may recall The Spindle was in the movie Wayne's World. It is set to be dismantled or moved or something within the next 60 days, so our pics can preserve that bit of quirk. (Not sure you can tell from the pics, but the Pinto, 4th from the bottom, has CT plates, so our 50 was to be.)