We are 2,900 miles into the trip, and are currently headed home with 500 to go. After leaving Chicago a few days back, we spent a couple of very unproductive days in St Peters Missouri at a beautiful lakeside spot where we whiled away the hours hiking, biking and playing XBOX video games. Hey, you are never too old to be a geek.
Chicago was fun as always, and remains one of our favorite cities. We boondocked (this means running fully self contained) a few miles from downtown in a truck marshaling lot that gave us easy access to the heart of the city. As we were pulling in, we saw the cast and filming crew of the Amazon series “Patriot” filming for the show.
The Sky is Falling
The Air and Water show was going on the 2 days we were there, and the jets screaming overhead and people falling from the sky were an interesting backdrop for our Chicago adventures. While there we enjoyed some deep dish pizza from the famous Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria. It was chaotic with crowds of people trying to get inside, but was well worth the hour long wait.
Nestled within Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, which is the #1 rated attraction according to TripAdvisor.com was very engaging. It is a sprawling venue, with many interesting displays of art and architecture. I particularly enjoyed the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibits, of whom I am a great fan.
Another highlight of our stay was the Richard H. Driehaus Museum. This time machine, cum mansion belonged to a wealthy banker, and the restoration is absolutely perfect. Each room had its own dramatic style and unique character, and we spent quite a bit of time there marveling over the details. It is a spectacular display of wealth from the gilded age.
I’ll be sending out the trip reports as I complete them, so stay tuned to the Danger Network.