That may sound like a dorkily obvious thing to say, but I've only been there three times (not counting airport layovers), and before our trip last week, I wasn't really sure what I thought.
The first time I visited the city was in 1986. The 18-year-old WG was completely overwhelmed by being in a truly urban environment for the first time.I spent a total of ten hours downtown (the rest of the trip was spent in the 'burbs), and I literally feared for my life at all times while my college pals and I strolled through the frigid January gusts.
Cold wind and even colder flashes of terror. That's about all I recall.
My second trip to Chicago was a mere 22 years later, when Darren and I spent a grand total of 36 hours in the city to catch a night of Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour.
On that visit I mostly saw Boystown and the United Center. The arena kind of sucked, but I liked the scenery in Boystown.
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In true Goldilocks fashion, the third stay in Chicagowas just right.
Darren and I arrived Wednesday morning around 11:00 and took the train from Midway to our hotel in Boystown, The City Suites. (Highly recommended, especially if you can get a good Princeline deal like we did.) We checked into our room, dropped off our luggage, had a great lunch, and strolled around Boystown.
At 8:00 that evening (I'm mostly skipping over an annoying three hours of coding and emailing I had to do to get a web page to render on iPhone for a project at work) we met our German friends Nils and Peter, who had made a leisurely drive the Twin Cities starting Monday morning.
For the next three days, the four of us explored the city and generally had a great time. Below are more pictures from a great mini-vacation. (BTW, I also took the photo at the start of this post, high atop the Sears Tower.)
Nils, enviously thin and Teutonic, thinks deep thoughts about Art.
American Gothic, as photographed by a Minnesotan homo
Peter appreciates the flora of Illinois
I find my inner Escher with this shot taken in Millennium Park
"Love and Marriage..." was going through my head for ten minutes after this shot
Gay PDA on the observation deck of the Sears (now Willis) Tower
A few more photos and some exciting video clips tomorrow...