in the Windy City
By LIZZY ROSS
Is there anything more beautiful than the canvas painted by trees
and their leaves during autumn? This year, my husband, our toddler
and I picked Chicago as our fall season stop, a spectacular voyage
that turned disastrous while eating chicken Mcnuggets.
In a city where crime
flows like lava burning everything in it's path, my husband and
baby were almost mugged twice within thirty minutes. It's a good
thing Gracie still loves chicken nuggets.
Personally, the windy
city did very little for me other than leave a sour taste in my
mouth which came from the under cooked pizza we ordered from Benny
Tudinos, a renowned Chicago style pizza joint which seemed far too
busy to deliver both a good product and attentive customer service.
First I was on hold for close to 30 minutes then waited close to
two hours only to discover the deep dish pie had been delivered
tres aldente, cold and without utensils.
just the right amount of smog, traffic and profanity and there you
have it, a complete disaster in Illinois.
Oh but what a skyline!
And the view from the top of the Sears Tower was absolutely spectacular--
If not for my 15 month old daughter screaming in agony from the
100 floor elevator ride I might have very much enjoyed America's
But no, there was very little laughter in the
windy city and that's fine with me. Turns out there are a thousand
other places I'd love to visit across the US and I'm not feeling
the least bit sorry about crossing Chicago off my list, Oprah and
the south side thugs can have it.
The view from our suite was simply phenomenal. From sunrise to sunset,
Chicago seemed peaceful, colorful and inviting. It's unfortunate
we had to request a room change to get this view after our initial
room featured a disturbing view of the city's projects accentuated
by noisy construction.
For $280.00 a night,
I expected more from the Hyatt organization; A lot more. Room service took forever, so much so that we decided to order out for Chicago pizza which the Hyatt did not even offer on their menu. Speaking of Hyatt food service, we were overcharged for our breakfast buffet which featured a limited selection of donuts, cold scrambled eggs and greasy pork bacon and sausage.
What's the bottom
line? I hated Chicago, the Hyatt, the drive from the airport and the Sears
Tower. Had there been a zoo on our itinerary, or a safe place for Gracie to play I'm sure the outcome of out trip would have been different. But there was no safe place. There was not much fun. Chicago is definitely not my kinda town.
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