by Kirk Taylor
This past weekend was a blast! I headed up to the Windy City to visit my girlfriend and her family in Lisle, Illinois. We spent Friday evening and Sunday morning at her home, but Saturday was a day of adventure in Chicago.
Taking the train to and from the city seemed to be the easy part, but what happened in between was a whole other story. We boarded the train around 11:30 a.m. and headed to the city. Our goal was to meet her brother on the North Ave. beach, hang out, go back to his girlfriends place by DePaul and then head to the Cubs game for my first visit to Wrigley!
Once we arrived in the city, we needed to take the 151 bus up to North Ave. Simple enough. Events that followed were quite interesting. Public transportation is so common in a big city and a cheap way to get around. For $2.50 we got a 2 hour bus ride! Now, normally it would not take this long, but the driver was crazy! She harassed us upon entering the bus simply because we were young adults. Without thinking about the trip, we soon realized how crowded the streets are on a beautiful Saturday in the Summer. I suggest the bus any time except a Saturday, take the trains.
After the long bus ride, we made it to the beach. At this point, we have been traveling about 3 hours just to get to her brothers spot on the beach of Lake Michigan. Finding out that her brother and friend were another mile down the beach, we began the walk. Also, we had large backpacks because we did not know if we would be back to her house before I left Chicago on Sunday afternoon. So in the 93 degree heat, we finally made it to the nice spot on the beach. 5 minutes later we walked to a nice grassy spot under a tree where they served sandwiches and corona from the bbq.
After 45 minutes of downtime, we started the 40 minute walk over to her bother's girlfriends house. She lived in Lincoln park near DePaul University. This place was beautiful. It was a cozy setting in a very typical city neighborhood. We took a few minutes at her place to freshen up, no shower just a change of clothes and a quick wipe of a towel to get the sweat off our heads. From there, we had our gear on and ready for the commute to Wrigley.
We did not have tickets, so we had to get to the stadium a little early to find some. Our tickets were bought from a Cubs stand and were great! They were $36 and prime location (Picture Attached). Before the game, we sat down at a bar, Vines, Located right next to the Cubby Bear outise Wrigley. After 2 beers and a quick breather, we headed into the historic Wrigley Field.
I am a loyal Yankees fan, so I cheered for the Cubs as they hosted Boston in the second game of the series. Wrigley Field was the coolest ballpark I have ever seen. It even tops the New Yankee Stadium for me, but I never got to the old Yankee Stadium. The place was packed with as many Red Sox fans as there were Cubs Fans, but everyone seemed to get along. This was only the second series in the history of Wrigley Field that the Red Sox have entered the stadium. The two historic clubs battled it out, and after it came down to the last at bat, grounding into a double play, the Cubs dropped to the Sox 3-4. The experience was great.
After the game, we hopped on the L to get back to Union Station and then back to Lisle. Sunday morning we all wished her father a happy Fathers Day, had brunch, and then I headed back to Indy on the MegaBus to celebrate the evening with my own Father.
Moral is... When in Chicago, have a plan, know your route, and do something incredibly fun, there are many things to do in the city. Thanks to my great host Jess, her family, and Wrigley Field for making my weekend so awesome!