Mr. K had a convention in Chicago this summer.
Since I had never been there, we decided to fly in a few days early and explore the town; then I would fly home early while he stayed for his convention.
Chicago is an interesting place..
we took the Chicago River architectural tour, which was fascinating...
well worth the price of a ticket!
I had heard so much about the Navy Pier, I couldn't wait to see it.
Turns out, it was interesting, had great food too!
They must have known Ron was coming.
He did not have lobster but they did provide him with a lobster bib...
We really wanted to visit the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), but they told us there was
AT LEAST a 2-1/2 hour wait to get on the elevator.
They suggested we try the Hancock tower, which is about 300 feet shorter, but at over 1,000 feet,
who's counting? The views were spectacular!
The Willis tower has the ledges where you can walk out over the city.
The Hancock tower has Tilt...
Where you lean against the window and they tilt you out over the edge!
We did not do it, and after watching person after person back away from the window,
it was just as well!
My favorite two things were walking to the Tortise Club to hear the Mark Burnell Trio.
Mark is my cousin, we hung out a lot when we were kids.
We even had the same piano teacher!
I think his parents got more bang for their buck!?!
We met my Cousin Jerry and his wife, daughter and son-in-law there.
Jerry was another one of my favorites but I haven't seen him in years. He's an attorney in Chicago.
Sunday morning, Mark picked me up at the hotel for Church.
He's the pianist at Gorham United Methodist Church and afterwards, we all headed for
Pegasis Restaurant for some wonderful Greek food.
Jerry and his wife, Cathy, met us there.
Of course, it was time for a photo op. As usual, we forget and hand a camera to Ron...
who hasn't taken a clear photo in his lifetime!
That's Jerry on the left, Mark on the right.
I loved Chicago (had to leave the next day)...
and I loved spending time with family even more!