Sometimes airlines really screw things up. They have you board the plane, get settled, and then make you get off the plane again. The delay your flight five times. They give you food vouchers and send you away to spend it while your plane takes off. Sometimes they even do it all in one day!
Poor customer service up front. But after the fact they put us on the next flight to Rapid (the next morning), gave us more of those food vouchers that got us into trouble, provided us with a hotel for the night, and gave us some flight credits. They were nice after they decided not to hold our plane until the time that they had told all of the customers to return by….
The customer service rep told us we’d be staying in the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, since the Hilton O’Hare was full. I got giddy, since this is the same hotel that I had stayed at years ago during our youth group conferences. Some things, like the glass elevator, were just as I remembered. Other things, like the flat panel televisions and granite counter tops seemed new. We got to the hotel at around 5 PM.
Jordan had never been to Chicago before, and it had been since 1999 for me. That was Chicago pre-bean. I’ve been wanting a bean picture. I get jealous every time I see someone’s new facebook picture of the shiny bean! So we decided to take the “el” to downtown.
In case we had any delusions that we live in a city, city, Chicago reminded us how quaint Knoxville can feel.
I got plenty of bean pics in Millennium Park. Here’s the bean far away.
Here’s the bean with our reflections.
And then here’s the view underneath the bean. I felt like I was melting into a Dali painting or something of that ilk.
Here are my last bean pictures for your viewing pleasure.
We walked through the rest of the park and stumbled upon a free orchestra concert in the pavilion. I love, love, love the architecture of this thing. It reminds me of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA (not that I’ve ever been to LA to see it in person…)
The audience stretched itself out among the seats and the lawn to the west.
Jordan lasted for a whole song before pushing me along. :S Don’t worry, though, I found the library shortly after! Thumps up for libraries!
After all of the food vouchers we wasted in the airport, you wouldn’t think we’d be on a mission to find food. But you’d be wrong. One night in Chicago? What would you eat? Yeah, us too. Jordan called Glenn who googled some food options for us. We ended up at this small place.
We thought we needed a medium pizza, even though neither of us were actually very hungry. And we were in denial about how intense the deep dish pizza really is. We went with the spinach pie. Very tasty. Very thick.
A full Jordan is a happy Jordan.
We didn’t finish the pie. Not really a surprise considering it constituted as my fifth meal for the day or something like that. We took half of it in a to go box, deciding that we’d give the rest to a homeless person if we came across one on our walk to the train stop.
We actually only saw one, and he was more than happy to take the pizza off our hands. I caught myself before asking if the guy liked spinach. I am guessing he wasn’t too picky. When we offered him the pizza, his face lit up and he said, “I know a five year old boy who will love this!” I guess that pizza brought joy to four people in total.
And with that, our surprise visit to Chicago came to an end. We said goodnight to Chicago.