Friday, September 27, 2019

Chicago Lakeshore

After completing our Ohio gigs, the next stop was Chicago. I noticed a Harvest Host location - a brewery - just on the south side before getting into Chicago. Sounds good! We like our beer - and then we can just walk out to the parking lot to sleep! The beer was really good too. It was interesting how they arranged for food. No kitchen necessary - they just gave us a menu from a local restaurant, delivered by Uber Eats.

The next day we made the short drive into Chicago. First stop was the Elks Lodge where we hoped to stay a few nights. We needed to see if it had good electrical hookups and that the Internet was sufficient to do our show. Once we checked it out, we decided to go on in to Chicago and play tourist for the rest of the day - the weather was beautiful and we like to play tourist when the sun shines!

Using our Allstays app, we found a parking lot right down by the lake - $15. Notice the blue dot on the map below - that's where we parked. How late can we stay? we asked the gate guard. Till this time tomorrow, she answered. Cool! We'll just sleep right here.

And we took off walking. The one thing on our list for visiting Chicago was the Architectural boat tour. We enjoyed the one in New York City SOO much, when we heard there was a similar tour in Chicago, we knew we had to go. We found a kiosk for tickets near the Shed Aquarium (which we didn't have time for) and the ticket included a water taxi ride to the tour starting spot.

And the tour didn't disappoint. We were SOO lucky with the beautiful weather. This was an open boat, no cover. They must just have to cancel if it rains?

Great timing! The cruise ended just as the sun was getting really low. Beautiful. Then it was time for dinner and we went to the end of the Navy Pier where we found food and drink, but mostly beautiful views.

By the time we started walking "home" it was quite dark. But the path was clearly marked - we sure got our steps in this day! We walked right by the marina and Soldier Field on the way back to our cozy RV.

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