Wednesday 17 June 2015: and for an encore, we drove home…

Lobby of Chicago
Lobby of Chicago Hilton, circa 2015

Our hotel had been the center of action for the 1968 Democratic convention, exactly 47 years ago.

classic old style hotel...
classic old style hotel…

 

We drove the 500KM back, stopping at a plaza in Western Ohio, and eating dinner at Jakes.

Tuesday: on the river, in the tea room, at Wrigley, and a Bloomsday glass or two…

Pre Game prep, Russian Tea Room, national drink.
Pre Game prep, Russian Tea Room, national drink. (We had Jewel of Russian at my favourite bar in Westlake .  Upside down means done).

We woke up to bright sunshine, ate in the hotel, and then took an architecture cruise on the Chicago River

In provided a great view of many great buildings:

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“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” ― William Shakespeare, The Tempest
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”
― William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Lunch was at the Russian Tea Room.

lunch
lunch
Liptons not here...
Liptons not here…

I spoke Russian with our server, and she said I did well. (Thanks, Daniil!)

Our tickets from the rainout are good for the makeup, on Aug 24, so we decided to buy tickets for Tuesday’s game there at the box office.  We took the Red Line to Addison, walked over to the friendly confines, and found a box office.  AX worked, and tickets we entered the icon.  A stop for tee-shirts, and we found our way to section 35, row 7: six rows from the field (some of the action was in row 6 in our section.)

Stanley at Wrigley
Stanley at Wrigley

The newly won Stanley Cup was brought onto the field and lifted.  (These were supposed hockey players, but i doubt it: no fights broke out!)

the team and the cup
the team and the cup

The folks around us Enjoyed the game, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

Sharon, I and friends
Sharon, I and friends

The man seated next to me is from Avon Ohio- right next to Avon Lake: file under small world).

Trevor in the pen - warm up.
Trevor in the pen – warm up with gomes: Brantley and Bourn on the line.

 

Tribe Wins!
Tribe Wins!
Wrigleyville from Addison Red Line Station
Wrigleyville from Addison Red Line Station

We returned on the Red Line and had Irish whiskey in Kitty O’Shea’s (hotel pub) to celebrate Bloomsday.

N.B.: What is Bloomsday?  Read Ulysses, by James Joyce.  Test on Monday.

All in all, not a bad day…

Monday 15 June 2015: the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta

Game Postponed ??
Game Postponed ??  Weather?

We got up, with plans to see the Indians-Cubs game that evening.

We ate breakfast, and walked down S. Michigan to the Art Institute, where we enjoyed many exhibits, and ate lunch at Terzo Piano, which was good.

cubism - hot!
cubism – hot!
non gothic
non gothic
very American Gothic
very American Gothic
my kind of town...
my kind of town…
a precursor?
a precursor of Stephan Hawking?
Not SH
Not SH

We waited out rain, and walked back to our hotel.

Sat in the bar, and cheered when the game was called.

The local pro ice hockey team won the NHL title, which seemed to please the provincials.

Dinner was at 720 South (in house)