13 hour layover in Chicago O’Hare

I guess most people arriving in O’Hare from Hawaii at 6am would pay for a comfortable hotel room – but where is the fun in that?

With a little help from Forbes and a city map from airport information, I was able to check in my bag and head for the Chicago Loop via the L. (rapid transit system). An all day ticket was $10 and within 40 minutes I was down town.

I disembarked the L. at Monroe and headed towards Millennium Park. The Cloud Gate (aka The Bean) is a sculpture in the centre of the park created by Anish Kapoor. It is composed of 168 stainless steel plates welded together to give a flawless, mirror finish.

The architecture downtown is impressive and there is so many museums, restaurants, bars and music venues compacted into the same area.

Not being a city girl and craving tranquility, I hunted high and low for a patch of grass I could relax on. I found the perfect place after squeezing through the “Taste of Chicago” festival and fell asleep. When I awoke, I was surrounded by people who must have had similar ideas.

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