Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Chicago is My Kind of Town

I went to Chicago for my business trip. We left on Sunday and got back late Tuesday night. The picture to the left is the view from my hotel room - and yes, it was a foggy morning Tuesday morning, one that delayed flights at the airport which is probably why we were a little delayed getting home.

My two co-workers and I hit the Windy City for a copywriting workshop. While I learned a ton at the workshop, I'd have to say I enjoyed the sightseeing more.

We walked down the famous Michigan Avenue with all the prestigious shops (and we mostly just looked, believe me!) and of course, I had to hit the four-story Borders and fell in love with their WW2 section. (But I only bought two books!)

But by far, I think the best highlight was going to the top of the Hancock Building, sitting in the bar with a glass of sparkling water, and looking at the amazing view from the 96th floor. It was rather creepy to watch the planes go by, but we tried to put that out of our minds as we looked at the absolutely breathtaking view. Wow. We got there just as the sun was starting to set, so we were able to look at the city in the daylight and at night. Amazing. And of course, I didn't bring my camera! But my coworkers did and I hope they got a few good pics.

One thing is for sure - I couldn't drive in the city. I'd be a mass-transit kind of girl or walk everywhere. And we did plenty of walking. I hope that somehow counteracted all the food we ate 'cuz I tell ya what - I didn't care what I ate while I was there! I visited the Hershey store and the Ghiradeli chocolate store (and I probably spelled that wrong), but the best food by far was the deep dish Chicago pizza at Giordano's off Michigan Ave. Yum.

The thing I noticed the most about Chicago was the diverse ethnicity. But it still has the Midwest mentality because almost everyone -except angry drivers - were pretty darn nice.

I definitely want to go back. There was a lot we didn't get to do and I really wish we would have had time to go see the King Tut exhibit at the museum. But guess I'll save that for another time.

Now I'm ready to settle back into life and start working on my novel. And I'm also ready to apply my newly-learned techniques to my job. :-)


  1. Pizza and the Cubs. I live Chi-town, and I get the advantage of living only 3 hours away.

  2. I would love to visit Chicago! Glad you got some sightseeing in.

  3. I love Chicago. It has a wonderful literary history, too.

    I lived there when I was little (nothing to do with its literary history) and went back in the early 70s when my father had surgery.

    There used to be an old-fashioned hotel next to the Hancock building (which, I undertand, has been torn down), where we lived for a month. I did all my schoolwork (my 4th grade teacher sent a TRUNK of books and eight hours' worth of assignments for every day) and they sent up delicious danish every morning.

    I learned to read on the Chicago Sun Times -- my aunt was a proofreader for them. I used to visit her and watch the newspapers on the old presses -- fascinating.

  4. Glad you had a great trip! And nice to know I'm not the only one who takes pics from her hotel room *g*. Sean liked Chicago the one time he was there - I'd like to visit it one day :-)

  5. I'm humming the song, "Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin' town . . . " It's a great city, isnt' it? I went there for my first RWA conference, so the combination of Chicago with writing was exhilerating. Hey, maybe sometime our NRW group could sponsor a get-away to Chicago? That's thinking big, but why not? Anyway, welcome back, Melissa!

  6. All I saw of Chicago the one time I was there was the inside of O'Hare. (sigh) Did you bring us some chocolate...? :D

  7. I'd love to go to Chicago!! Looks like you had fun--yum :)

  8. Sounds like a fabulous time! That's odd to say when you relate it to a business trip LOL.

  9. Sounds like a great trip.

    They try to make the Chicago Deep Dish pizza here, but it's just not the same. Love that stuff.

  10. I forgot to mention that we love to go to Cubs games. There is nothing like a ball game at Wrigley.


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