Today was a hop-on hop-off bus day (my feet said “thank you”). We caught the bus right behind our apartment and enjoyed the excellent tour guide commentary as we cruised past Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium, Buckingham Fountain in Millennium Park and Navy Pier to Michigan Avenue. Guess what? The old Abegweit Ferry to PEI is at Navy Pier. It’s been there for 26 years. The tour guide knew some facts about NB and Saint John in particular so we felt the connection.
We had an hour before the next bus arrived so we strolled through Macy’s pedway to see part of the stained glass collection that used to be at the Smith Museum of Stained Glass. Oh Man! I was so happy to see this exhibit. Some of this glass goes back to the 1800’s. I have photos of it all but I’ll spare you and only post a couple of shots here.
We caught the tour bus to the West Side of Chicago to Chinatown, Little Italy where we saw the starting point of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that destroyed most of the city. Back then the streets were made of wood so no wonder it burned so fast. We hopped off the bus at the Joe DiMaggio monument for lunch at Francesca’s and then carried on through Greektown and back to city center. What an excellent tour. Chicago has 77 neighbourhoods!
Back to the apartment to get ready for the evening’s entertainment – we went to Zanies Comedy Club in the North End (Old Town) to see Fortune Feimster. We got there early and got great seats. Good thing… the place was packed. Fortune is hilarious and is definitely an up and coming comedian. What a neat comedy club – the walls are covered with photos of all the comedians who have played there. Every one who’s anyone has played there from Jerry Seinfeld to Drew Carey. Really neat to see them all together. The night was wonderful – mild and calm. We strolled arm-in-arm back to the train station for the ride home. Sleepy heads straight to bed for a good night’s rest because tomorrow is another busy day.