Wednesday morning I finished my packing and woke my husband in preparation of my trip. He started talking about cut off times for checked luggage but I calmly asserted that we could only hope for the best and neither of us had the ability to turn back time so just ride it out. We arrived at the airport without incident, early enough for check-in and negotiating the maze of security was quick despite the long lines.
I purchased a book to read on the flight and once I boarded I sat down next to a chatty and nice gentleman. Our conversation was cut short because I promptly fell asleep. I don't even think I stayed awake for liftoff. I met my driver provided by Tide (thank you so very much) at the airport and we shared laughs on the ride to Chicago. We discussed race, listened to comedy and he give me tips and pointers about things to see in Chicago.
Upon arrival at the Sheraton I had to wait for my room and I passed the time by chatting with friends on Skype and facebook. More tips for exploring the city were given and I anticipated my adventure in the city. Within a half hour a room was prepared for me and although there was a minor snafu I was able to freshen up and ride to meet my friend Megan for deep dish Chicago style pizza.
We enjoyed chatting over delish pizza and after lunch was over I decided to venture over to the John Hancock building which was only a couple of blocks away. At the bass of the building I was treated to live Salsa music and a couple from the crowd decided to dance to the vibrant tunes.
I proceeded to the observation deck and the view was breathtaking.
My next stop was the visitor cente where I learned about a tour of the river and Lake Michigan. The cruise departed from the Wrigley building and I strolled down Michigan Avenue to get there. Michigan Avenue is reminiscent of 5th Avenue in NYC, I didn't spend much time shopping because I didn't want to miss the next cruise. I am a water baby and loved every minute of the tour. although I could have done without the sun beaming down on my head. Did you know that much of the beauty in Chicago lies in the architecture? Simply beautiful.
I am sure you are wondering about BlogHer and photos, I promise more is coming. As gregarious as I am I wanted to share the joy I feel when traveling solo. As much as I enjoy the company of others, I also cherish my alone time. This is the first of several posts about my trip and later today I will have photos to illustrate my story.