Saturday, August 30, 2008

Chicago and the Sears Tower

Went back into Chicago today. Went up to the Sears Tower Skydeck to get a GREAT view of the city and to do my best "Ferris Buller" impersonation....."I can see my dad from here!"

I'm in Chicago!

I'm exploring Chicago. Here are a few of my pictures from my Friday walking tour. This is Labor Day weekend, so a lot of things are going on in town this weekend. I plan to explore more on Saturday. I'll have more photos soon!

The new Trump Tower
The Chicago River

Wrigley Field

The famous Wrigley Field scoreboard. Everything is done by hand.
A little pregame entertainment. Notice the dancing Hot Dog!
A view from my seat
The famous ivy covered walls of the outfield
Where are my seats?

Chicago skyline from the Wrigley Field upper deck. Wrigley is in the middle of neighborhood in the cities northside.
Roof top bleacher seats on the homes across the street from Wrigley

A young Cubs fan who sat near me!

Chicago style hot dogs!

It's always good to know the right people! I've never been to Wrigley Field and thought it would be cool to catch a Cubs game while in Chicago. The problem is, the games are always sold out. Win or loose the Cubs fans are very loyal. The tickets are even harder to come by this year, because the Cubs have the best record in baseball. I happen to know someone who is friends with a player on the Cubs. He knew I was in town and set me up with a free ticket.

What an experience! The fans in Chicago are amazing. The ballpark is old, but you feel like you are part of history being in and around the place. The place feels more like it was built for the fans versus the corporate feel of many stadiums around the country.

A former Cubs usher sat next to me. I had seats about 40 rows behind home plate. She's a long time Cubs fan, so she gave me a lot of history behind the park, the team and the players. The Cubs were playing the Phillies and came back to win 3-2. It was a great day to see a game and experience some American history.

Critical Mass

I'm in Chicago for a few days and I'm trying to see as much as possible. I've been to a lot of different places, but I've never been "IN" Chicago. I've been in the airports, driven in the suburbs, see the skyline from the air; but no trips into the city itself.

While I was exploring yesterday, I ran into "Critical Mass". It's a monthly bike ride where THOUSANDS of people participate. I've done a little research and found out the bike rides happen all around the world. The rides are for bike enthusiasts. Be sure to click on the link above for more information.

The Chicago ride looked like a bicycle parade. There were people on roller blades and skates too. The shut down the city traffic for at least 10-15 minutes. People were in costumes, saying "Happy Friday," and sporting a variety of bicycles. Enjoy the photos, I enjoyed taking them!