Will and Willis
Trip Start May 12, 2010
18Trip End May 27, 2010
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Where I stayed
Suse and Justin's apartment.
We firstly had a wander around a couple of Chicago's malls, and finally managed to score myself a Buzz Lightyear Lego man keyring.
The trip to Kuma's was further than it looked on Google Maps, buried deep within the suburbs. Its quite an unassuming place, and if you didn't know what was behind the doors you probably would just write it off as another bar.
It was really busy inside, and we were expecting quite a wait for a table, but we were seen to in minutes and seated out on the patio. The music was literally crushing Death Metal, but the clientèle was a mixture of all walks of life, from tattooed metal kids like ourselves, to couples, business people having lunch and an older lady and her daughter
Kuma's has quite an extensive menu, all named after metal bands. They're not your mainstream bands either, with the menu featuring a Brujeria, Lair of The Minotaur and Plague Bringer burger. Russ ended up going for a Mastodon BBQ burger, and I went for the Black Sabbath, both of us went for extra jalapenos for extra heat.
When they arrived I knew we'd made the right choice. We basically had to unhinge our jaws to fit them in our mouths. Mine had a great blob of chilli con carne on it so it was super sloppy as well. I had a nice beer with it, called an Alpha King Pale Ale. The myth of American beer being poor certainly hasn't been my experience. The service was great, the music was great and all in all it was well worth the 20 minute cab journey to the outskirts of Chicago for it.
We arrived back into down-town Chicago at around 3pm and headed for the Willis Tower Sky Deck. It has recently installed glass cubes on the side of the building which you can walk onto so you feel like you're walking on air 103 stories high. I'm really not very good with heights so I wasn't really sure how I'd take to it.
The sky deck is on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, and the lift that gets you up there takes less than 60 seconds. When we where up there I was surprised that I was absolutely fine with the height, in a funny way I was actually enjoying it. The glass cubes were awesome, and I didn't think twice about standing on them. There were grown men practically throwing up with fear around me whilst kids as young as five were literally laying down on the cube as if they were asleep on a bunk bed
We'd read in the lift of where we were staying that the AMC cinema just down the road was holding the premier of the new Karate Kid film. They'd shut the road, so we were expecting at least a glimpse of Jayden Smith. We heard a load of screaming so decided to go check it out for ourselves and were left face to face with the Fresh Prince himself, Mr Will Smith. I felt the thrill of being a paparazzi as I snapped away at him. We didn't know that Jackie Chan was also there because he is seriously small in 'real life'. It was certainly an unexpected bonus of our trip.
Tomorrow is our final day, and the long trip home. I hope you've all enjoyed reading about our American Adventure.