We have visited a number of great American cities during our trip – e.g. Savannah, Charleston, Washington, New York – and have to say that Chicago has turned out to be one of our favourites. No doubt the great summer conditions helped, but we found it lively, outdoorsy (much like Vancouver due to its excellent public parks and beaches), down-to-earth and friendly, with many interesting things to see and do. A very good transportation system, including an excellent lakefront bikepath/park, made getting around relatively easy for such a big city. We used the ‘El’ system to commute to and from town on a number of occasions, as well as to take us to and from the city to the airport; it was efficient and much cheaper than a taxi.
Both Ria and I enjoy Rhythm and Blues – hence the title of this post – and we visited two clubs (Buddy Guy’s Legends; the House of Blues) that provided great local entertainment and good food. Highly recommended if you enjoy R&B.
The pictures and captions say a lot about our new-found love affair with Chicago. If you’re thinking of visiting a big American city, give Chicago a try!
Coming up in the next installment will be lots of river travel – the Illinois, the Mississippi, the Ohio and the Cumberland, ending at our winter destination in the Kentucky lakes.