Go Cubs!

One of the best things to do when traveling is to take in a local sporting event.  I have been lucky enough to see a game and visit the Wrigley stadium and Wrigleyville a few times now.  And it never gets old!   Chicago is one of the, if not THE, best sport towns in the US.

I wish Chicago and the Cubs the best of luck in overcoming their 104 year dry spell! Wrigley will be out of control and I only wish I was there again experiencing the country’s best sports stadium, surrounded in a sea of blue, cheering on the Cubbies.  This is their year!





Patrolling the Chicago River

Business took me to Chicago to evaluate a software system.  When our group wasn’t nose deep in computers we had a little fun in a way I could never have imagined.  First we caught a Blackhawks Hockey game and then we were hosted on two different Chicago Police Department Marine units who took us for a float down the Chicago River.

We met near Columbia Yacht Club just south of Navy Pier north of Millennium Park where we drove down an icy dock paralleling frozen slips.  We slid down an icy gang plank to the boats as if there was nothing at all unusual about navigating frozen waters in sub-zero temperatures.

Chicago is a beautiful city with amazing architecture.  There is no better way to see it than from either Lake Michigan or from the Chicago River.  Chicago has improved the river walk since the last few times I have been there which is also a nice way to see the water.  We were fortunate enough to sail up river at sunset and down river in the evening so we could see all of the steel bridges and lit buildings.

The officers who took us on a tour were knowledgeable and hilarious and just an all around bunch of fun.  Naturally, my ship Captain saw some sort of nautical intelligence in my eyes and turned over the helm to me.  So, yes I drove a police boat down the Chicago River!   Don’t ask me how that happened.  It just did and it is right up there as one of the coolest things I have done in a very long time.

Despite the frigid temperatures I did manage to step out of the cabin to snap a few photos I hope you will enjoy.



To read more about my last trip to Chicago in July 2015 please click here!

Making the most of a layover – Chicago’s Field Museum

As previously mentioned yesterday my parent’s and I stopped in Chicago for a layover.  While there we checked out the Field Museum.  I have never been to this museum and always wanted to check it out.  I do love a good museum.  It was a wonderful way to spend the morning.

The museum has multiple exhibits surely to please any visitor like the Hall of China, Mammoths, Vikings, Sye the T.Rex, Reptiles, Egypt, Underground Adventure, Ancient America, Gems, Jade, Pacific, Lichen, Africa, and Madagascar.  If you don’t have much time or energy just pick those that interest you most.  I particularly enjoyed the prehistoric skeletons of dinosaurs and long extinct animals.

What is your favorite museum?  Have you had any great layovers?



Pre historic sloth!


Just in case you want to scoop your spaghetti with a dinosaur head. (Pastasaurus.)








Making the most of a layover – Chicago Style

I recently took my parents on a trip to Ireland.  My Mom was concerned about such a long flight from California so we decided to take a layover on the way there and the way back.  We were somewhat at the liberty of the airlines on where we could go but we settled on Chicago because my parents had never been there and I love that town!

Despite a few ridiculously strange taxi and Uber rides we had a wonderful time.  We went downtown and walked along the riverfront.  We ate dinner at Gino’s East and stopped by Wrigley Field for a peak at our beloved Cubs.

Have you ever taken a fun layover?  Would you recommend going straight through and just getting there or enjoying yourself along the way like we did?

You’ll never guess where our layover on the way back was…stay tuned.