Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Chicago: Wednesday-Thursday

After class got out on Wednesday, I met Kevin and Kate and we switched hotels. Navigating the subway with a stroller, 2 bags, and 2 backpacks was a lot of fun. (Not.)

Kate loved the subway.  While we would be waiting on a train to come, she would sit there and look around saying "Choo-choo train! Where are you?"  Also, please note in the picture below the box of Dunkin Donuts. Priorities, right?  

Funny Kate story about the subway.  One afternoon as we were waiting on the train to come in, Kate was sitting in her stroller, eating goldfish, watching a guy playing a guitar.  She must have caught his attention too because the next thing we know, he started playing Old McDonald.  Then he moved onto the Sesame Street theme song, and then even more children's songs. Kate was enthralled.  So Kevin decided to give Kate a dollar and rolled her over there to let her drop it in his guitar case.  Then he rolled her back over to where we were standing, and Kate continued to watch the man with the guitar.  A few minutes later, Kate looked up at Kevin and said "More. More."  We really weren't sure what she was asking for.  More water? More goldfish? More what?  So Kevin asked her "More what, Kate?"  She looked up at Kevin and said "More money!"  Guess she was impressed. 

Thursday was the first full day that we had to go do all of the touristy things.  Kate was ready to go! And Kevin was ready to have a break from being on daddy-duty all by himself. 

We started off by going to the Navy Pier. Luckily we had some great weather. We walked around for a while and ate lunch.  Because of Kate, we didn't try to over plan our days. There was probably a lot more of Chicago that we could have seen, but with a little one, we didn't want to over-do it. 

After the Navy Pier, we decided to walk over to Willis Tower (old Sears Tower). Kate took a nap on the way over there, and stayed asleep while we waited in line, rode up the elevators, etc.

We were starting to doubt hat she would wake up while we were there at all, but she finally did. Not that she appreciated the view or anything. 

You really can see a lot when you are 103 floors above the ground!  We even stepped out on the plexiglass/glass area to take a few quick pictures.  I'm not normally afraid of heights, but this got to me just a little bit.  I definitely couldn't look down as I was stepping out.  The guy ahead of us in line actually went out there and jumped up and down. There is no way I would have done that. 

And then it was the end of our day. Because of where we ended up, we had a sort of long subway ride to get back to the hotel.  My iPhone games kept Kate entertained for most of the ride, but I honestly can't even imagine actually living there with a toddler and dealing with this on a daily basis. 

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