blaqard for fort dearbornWhat can I say, it’s summer. I want to travel. I stayed home the whole month of Jun, didn’t I? I’m trying to make up for lost time!

I just returned from Chicago. I saw parts of Chicago I had no idea was there. We got lost on our way to the hotel. There are sub levels under the buildings where we were staying. There was a level for the service men to deliver their wares. Then there were streets, and I don’t know what all. I went from our hotel, underground where there were shops, then out to the next hotel! I felt like I just came in from living like a hermit!

I walked the Miracle Mile, several times. My feet still hurt! But I got in my exercise. I might even have lost a pound or two. I’ll have to check that out!

If you were looking for something special and didn’t find it in downtown Chicago, then I don’t know what to tell you. Bloomingdales, Macys, Nordstrom’s, Ann Taylor, and the list goes on and on. I found what I was looking for. New shoes, new dress, pants, and a blouse. Then when I put it in my suitcase to come home…..well you know how that goes. I just knew I’d break the zipper!

Hubby and I took the boat tour on the Chicago River and out alone the shoreline after dark. Beautiful is all I can say. What a skyline with all the lights lite up. I’m wondering what it looks like at Christmas. Another trip, oh no, that would mean s-n-o-w.

chicago skyline at night         chicago syline II      clouds looming over bldg

I made it to the Newberry Library (Chicago’s Research Library)  just three blocks off Michigan Ave. Very limited hours so if you plan on going to do any genealogy research, check their hours. The reading room is only open Tue – Fri 9 am. to 5 p.m. Everyone there is very helpful. And they have a LOT of information. I spent only a couple of hours, but could have stayed so much longer. I did find a tidbit on the Black Hawk War. Another person’s perspective on it so for 40 cents I was able to get a copy of the page. Now I can compare with what I already have.  All in all, if you are working on genealogy and going to Chicago, I highly recommend checking the library out.

Now I’m checking my bucket list and see where I want to go next.

Until then………………………………….

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