Leslie's Omnibus

Weekend Rambles

When my pal the Norwegian from the North Woods comes for a visit, it's always a cultural whirlwind.

Yesterday:
Today:
  • Lunch at Jimmy's
  • Drive into the city and park in the West Loop
  • Walk from West Wacker Drive to East Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue
  • Walk down 3 flights of stairs to riverwalk level
  • Attempt to take the Architectural Foundation 3 p.m. river tour
  • Are informed that the next tickets available are for 9:30 a.m. tomorrow
  • Walked back west along the river walk under the Michigan Avenue Bridge
  • Stumble across the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
  • Develop buns of steel and thighs like Tina Turner by climbing to see all six levels of the bridgehouse museum, then climbing back down again
  • Cool drinks and fruit plate at O'Brien's Riverwalk Cafe
  • Up two flights of stairs to street level
  • Back east, cross the bridge north and down two flights of stairs to the Wendella boat dock
  • River and lakefront architectural tour
  • More buns/thighs workout -- up two flights of stairs, through the middle of the Wrigley Building towards Trump Tower, back down three flights of stairs
  • Take the Water Taxi to Chinatown (What a cool way to get there -- and cheap! $4/person to get from Michigan and the river to Chinatown. It would probably be close to $40 by taxi!)
  • Dinner at Lao Shanghai (Try the most excellent... everything. There isn't a bad choice on the menu.)
  • Red Line train to State & Lake
  • Shorter than usual forced march to the parking lot
  • Crazy GPS-directed trip home (if there was a long way to be found, it found it)
I love being a tourist in my own back yard-- especially with a good friend who is undaunted by my singular ability to drag him from pillar to post and back again.
Leslie

7 comments:

Da Goddess said...

When you gonna come see me?

Judy and Don said...

Can we be your tourist friends our next trip to Chicago? What an incredible week-end!

Mike said...

I haven't seen Miss Turner in a few years, but I'm pretty sure my buns and thighs look nothing like hers!

Omnibus Driver said...

Joanie -- As soon as I can, I promise!

Judy and Don -- Any time, as you well know. I MISS you!

Mike -- Classy, deflecting notice that my own are not so small... but I'm working on it.

Mike said...

And I look lousy in a skirt. Don't ask me how I know that.

Omnibus Driver said...

If AD can rock a kilt, so can you.

Come on. Fess up!

Anonymous said...

Gosh, I miss walking!

You missed the beautiful and historic Tribune Tower, where they have stones and bricks and rocks from other countries?!