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.