I arrived at O'Hare at about 8 am yesterday and my first challenge after retrieving my checked bag was to navigate the public transportation system from the airport to my hotel in Lincoln Park.
I used the trip planner on the ChicagoTransit Authority (not the record, the actual CTA) which had me take the blue line somewhere, then a bus to the hotel. I think for the return, I'm going to see if I can keep it to trains only. I bought a 7 day CTA pass which I've already made good use of.
After checking into the hotel, which I was able to do at 9:30 am, I grabbed some breakfast and scoped out the immediate area which has a Trader Joe's across the street, a choice of two different Walgreen's, a Dunkin Donuts and a Starbucks in walking distance and a Bally's Total Fitness around the corner that I can use for free as a hotel patron.
There was lots of activity out front of the hotel as Diversey street was on the gay pride parade route and boy, was it colorful out there.
Once inside the ballpark I treated my self to what ended up being a rather unsatisfying polish sausage but I did not let that deter me. The White Sox were paying tribute to the 40 year anniversary of the 1972 team and of my baseball heroes, Rich "Goose" Gossage was there, which I thought was cool. The game went 10 innings and the Chisox won.
I grabbed the train back to Lincoln Park and the short walk back along Diversey still had a party atmosphere with loud music and lots of color. My fatigue had set in as I had been awake since 2:45 am so I drank in the vibe while I made my way back to the hotel where I would just chill a while before hitting the sack.
See ya soon.