On the Road with Tom and Gloria travel blog

View from hotel room

After an uneventful ( thank goodness) drive from Des Moines, we arrived in Chicago at about 2:00 pm. Owen just happens to be visiting Colin for the weekend - a bonus for us! Colin and Owen met us at the Buckingham Athletic Club and helped us unload the car and check in to the hotel associated with the club. What a luxurious facility and the staff is giving us the VIP treatment.. We are relishing being spoiled!

After a tour of the facility, the kids took " a steam" and then we all went to Bin 36 for wine and cheese before a BBQ dinner at Smoke Daddy's. We were joined by Patricia, Colin's girlfriend, and Steve a friend of us all. Our table wasn't quite ready when we arrived so we went next door where there was a three piece band playing Polish Polka music. What fun!

Dinner was plentiful and finger licking good. Between getting up early, driving 400 miles, and being stuffed after dinner, we let the guys party on without us. It is so comfortable at this hotel. We are actually just kicking back and enjoying the view. It's been a while since we were 40 stories up overlooking a lit up big city. Kind of nice for a change.

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