Our Trip To Chicago

Happy Friday, everyone. So glad the weekend is just around the corner.

I wanted to share a few more photos from our recent trip to Chicago. Two of my three kids and I drove from Nashville to Chicago. This happened during their fall break. The drive there was a lot slower than the drive home. We made it back in seven hours. We arrived in Chicago on a Friday evening and left on Monday morning.

Our two dogs had to stay at a kennel since my daughter’s apartment doesn’t allow pets. This was their first time away from us and we were all sad ( and worried) to leave them. Luckily, they had each other and we were told they did just fine.

Although all my kids were born and raised in Los Angeles, Chicago was the first “true big city” my son had ever visited. And even though Los Angeles is the second largest city in the country, it doesn’t have that big city feel as everything is so spread out. My son loved Chicago along with the energy and hustle of a big city.

Two years ago, I moved my daughter to Chicago to attend law school. She is in her final stretch, getting ready to take the bar next August. We’re so proud of all her hard work. I know she’ll make a great lawyer.

We ate lunch at the famous Giordano’s on Rush Street. Their pie is huge and we ordered half sausage/ half veggies. I’ve never seen so much cheese in one dish. My son, the cheese lover, was in heaven.

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Chicago is a beautiful city. Every time I visit, I’m amazed at how clean and attractive this city is.

His first time on a subway.

Chicago Marathon

On Sunday, our friends, Jalei and Nikolai, ran the Chicago Marathon. They did great – we’re so proud of them! Jalei’s family came all the way from California. It was so much fun seeing everyone and cheering with them. After the race, Nikolai said he was “numb from the waist down”. Ouch!

On our last day, my daughter took me to her apartment rooftop to witness this beautiful sunrise. Thank you Chicago for a wonderful visit.

360 Chicago – Fun For All Ages

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Visiting Chicago never gets old. Each time I’m there, I’m amazed at how much Chicago has to offer. During my son’s fall break, we drove from Nashville to Chicago to visit my oldest daughter and son-in-law. This was my son’s first visit to Chicago and he loved it.

If you’re visiting Chicago for the first time, one of the things you should do is step into the iconic John Hancock building, take the elevator to the 94th floor, and enjoy the view 360 Chicago has to offer. You’ll get 360 degree views of the city skyline and lakefront. The John Hancock Center stands at 1,500 feet, making it the fourth tallest building in Chicago.

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chicago

Visiting the observation deck was the first thing we did. After going through the security checkpoint, we moved on to the photo gallery where you can learn about Chicago’s history and communities. The ticket line on that Saturday was long so it took us about 40 minutes to get to the elevators. But once you get to the elevators, the ride only takes 45 seconds to travel 94 floors.

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chicago

The views are breathtakingly beautiful!

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There’s more. If you want thrilling views of Chicago, you need to get tickets to TILT. This attraction tilts visitors out 30 degrees from the 94th floor, providing the most thrilling views. Since I’m afraid of heights, I chickened out. The rest of my family loved it, however.

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This TILT is 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile.

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Our group consisted of a teen, several young people in their 20’s, and a 40+ year old mom. 360 Chicago is a fun experience for all ages. I would highly recommend it. Next time I’m there, I’d love to visit at night.

 

***Thank you #360Chicago for providing the tickets. We had an awesome time.***

Quick Fix For A Sticking Door

pocket plane

For years, this bedroom door would stick in the warmer, more humid months.

pocket plane

It was so tight that it was hard to close all the way. You can see where all the paint had worn off from the door scraping against it. I don’t know why I waited this long to fix it. Since I did not want to remove a bulky door to shave it down,  I decided it couldn’t hurt to buy this little pocket plane and try it out. It worked like a charm!

pocket plane

The Stanley Surform Pocket Plane is small and inexpensive. I shaved the door in 10 minutes. The pocket plane comes with one blade, which is held in place by latching it on to one end and then inserting it into a plastic holder at the other end and twisting the knob.  It is sharp, sturdy and fits my hand well.

pocket plane

Using this tool I was able to shave it down about 1/8 inch. I taped the outside surfaces with painter’s tape  to prevent the visible area from being shredded and that worked well. For my needs this worked perfectly and well worth the $8 I paid.

I’ve taken doors off the hinges before to spray paint them, and I can tell you that using a pocket plane on a door that is hung, is infinitely easier than trying to man-handle a sticking door onto some saw horses, cutting off a tiny sliver with a circular saw and re-hanging it.

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