Blow Me Away, Chicago!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

When my daughter called me one night and asked me to fly with her to Chicago to see the Broadway play "Jersey Boys" to celebrate her 36th birthday, my first response was "I don't think so." Fly up on Monday and home on Wednesday? I don't do whirlwind trips! Then, when she told me that her girlfriend was going and she would be asking her mom to go if I went, and that all four of us would be sharing ONE hotel room to save on cost, my "I don't think so" turned into a resounding "No, I can't do that."
I don't do girlfriend trips.  The idea of four women in one room...is that even possible?  I only travel with my husband or the occasional family vacation, with children and grandchildren.  But, just women? All in one room? Nope...can't do that.  I don't sleep well at night.  I tend to get up and roam.  I've even been told that I sometimes snore...but, I don't believe it.  Husbands and grandchildren have been known to fabricate from time to time.
To make a long story a little shorter, my daughter continued to beg and make me feel guilty by saying, "Mom, don't you remember when I was little and you'd put Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons on the record player and we'd dance around the living room to "Sherry" and "Big Girls Don't Cry"? This play will bring back so many memories, and we will be there for my birthday."
My husband told me "You really should go."  I did  like Frankie Valli and I loved my daughter.  I even adored her girlfriend and her mother.  Maybe it wouldn't be too bad, after all.  It was only two nights.  I finally said "Okay, I'll go."
Blow me away, Chicago!  My daughter's friend came up with that tag for our trip and I'm borrowing it! We had a blast!!! Chicago is a great city! We stayed at the Hampton Inn Majestic in the Theater District, which was conveniently adjacent to the theater where "Jersey Boys" was playing.  We didn't even have to step outside in that cold March wind to enter the theater! The four of us were decked out in our snazzy outfits (I left a trail of glitter from our room to my theater seat! We were still spitting glitter on the plane ride home the next day) and we couldn't have had better seats for the play.  Ahhh...the memories of the 60's came flooding back in full force the minute those young men started to sing!
I loved everything about our trip.  I could not have asked for better travel companions.  My daughter and her friend accused both "Moms" of snoring.  I still don't believe it.  Daughters obviously fabricate just as much as husbands and grandchildren.
The four of us wandered all over the theater district, ate Chicago-style pizza (I have such cravings for that pizza!), went to the Art Museum, Millenium Park, did a little shopping and packed a whole lot into one full day.  We walked around after dark, but never felt threatened.  But, of course, as in any city (of almost any size), use caution and be alert to what's going on around you.  The Hampton Inn Majestic was a great hotel; reasonable in price and the location can't be beat.  Cabs were easy to hail and since the four of us split the price, we didn't have to starve the short time we were there.
What do I think now about Girlfriend Trips? I can't wait for the next one! Even if it means sharing a room with three other women...especially if the women are Angel, Marie and Kay.
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