Chicago! (Part 1, aka, Getting There)

I may have sworn off half marathons, but that hasn’t ended my Rock ‘n Roll race adventures!

My sis suggested the Rock ‘n Roll Chicago race because there was a 10k, which is about as far as I’m willing to run anymore. We brought it up to two of our best friends and decided to make a long weekend out of it! My sis was the only one of us who’d been to Chicago, so it was fun to explore a place that was brand new to all of us!

Since it was summer and I wasn’t teaching, I drove down to Charleston to fly out with my sis on Friday night. Getting to Chicago was an adventure in and of itself. Our flight got delayed and then I ended up sitting next to a VERY drunk couple (my sister actually knew the guy) who argued and called each other names before the plane even took off…and then the woman turned on me and called me some really nasty things. I had no idea what to do and just continued to ignore her, so if you have suggestions for how to handle this extremely uncomfortable situation in the future, please leave me some advice in the comments section! I didn’t want to end up all over social media in a United Airlines fight video.

When we finally landed, our plan was to just take the train from the airport to our hotel, which was working out just fine until a very loud, very stinky woman got on the train ranting and raving (switching between English and German, so that was impressive) in everybody’s faces. The train ride was about 30-45 minutes long, but it felt even longer with this woman on board, especially after dealing with drunksy pants on the plane.

The pic above is my sister saying “Aut, I want to go home” before we even got to our hotel 😂.

We stayed in the theatre district in the Kimpton Allegro next to the Palace Theatre. Waitress was showing at the Palace, and if I had been aware of how close we were, I probably would’ve looked into tickets for the show! Maybe next time!

Unfortunately I didn’t get any pics of our hotel (I always worry about people judging me for taking lots of pictures, but I really need to get over that). The hotel has a really modern feel but is also in what I can only assume is a historic building. Our room was super tiny, which seems to be the norm in boutique hotels like this. We didn’t really get to explore the hotel, but they did offer a 5:00 wine happy hour which is nice if you’re looking for a drink before going out to dinner.

This is a short post, but I promise there’s a lot more Chicago coming! And if you know me at all, you definitely know there’s some food on the way! 😄

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