I slept in till about noon on Sunday. Jay left around 9 AM to get some random credits in the Chicagoland area. He made his way back to the hotel around 2 PM. We left and headed to Safariland since it wasn’t very far from the hotel on our way in for Jay to get his last credit of the day. It was a really nice, fun looking place, with a tiger themed coaster off to itself. I opted not to ride, but when the ride started, all of the music and lights came on, and you got 3 circuits, so I kind of wish I’d paid to ride. Oh well. It looked fun.
Leaving Safari Land and heading in to town we parked near Buckingham Fountain, close to the lake front. We first stopped by the fountain for pictures, then headed over to the waterfront, something I’d not done the last time I was in Chicago. I loved the waterfront in Chicago, much like the Riverwalk in San Antonio. As we walked down the waterfront I had told Jay how I’d like to find one of the city bike rentals as it was only $7 for a 24 hour pass and I hadn’t ridden a bike on the streets since the last time I was in Chicago.
I’ve been thinking of getting a bike but hadn’t been on one in years. So we kind of wandered around towards Navy Pier until we stumbled upon a Divvy station. It took a bit to get the rental going, but eventually we were on our way. Kind of. Jay rides his bike often, so he was fine, but I hadn’t ridden a bike in years and the area was busy with pedestrians and I really didn’t have the best shoes for riding a bike (I had Adidas’ version of the five finger shoes on, which I love for walking), so I didn’t do as well. Eventually we parked them at the station near Navy Pier.
Chicago. Fifteen years prior I’d spent 8 days in Chicago on a school trip just after I’d graduated and loved it. I’d wanted to go back ever since. And I had lots of plans, most of which didn’t realize on this trip, but there’s always next time. The trip, as usual, was different than I’d originally planned, but it all came out in the wash.
On Friday, August 29, 2014 I was graduating from 2 months of training at NC’s Justice Academy to be an actual Real Life Drivers License Examiner. It was a corny ceremony that I wasn’t in any way excited about and I just wanted it to be over so that I could leave, but I said goodbye to all the new friends I’d made and eventually made my way up to RDU, which was closer to fly out of than CLT based on where I’d been staying for the past 7 weeks.
That evening I arrived in Chicago and met up with Jay Miller at ORD, and we took off towards our hotel after picking up our rental car. It was actually pretty cheap to fly in and stay in the suburbs on Labor Day weekend, which was incentive for Jay to join me on the trip. Once we checked in we decided to head into the city for dinner and to explore. So we drove to the local train station in Lombard where we were staying, and hopped on. I love public transportation. There needs to be more of it.