Saturday, August 25, 2007

Day 4 - The Guided Tours

Today we boarded the Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Tours to experience the City from the comfort of a bus! Costing $25 (€18), our tickets where good for two tours of the city. The first, lasted two hours, covered all the main city sights, whilst the second, lasting one hour, brought us into the suburbs, entitled the ethnic tour covering Chinatown and even Oprah's Harpo Studio lott.

We learned so much on these tours, too much in fact! It would be impossible to put it all down here, but some interesting facts about Chicago we learn where:
  1. The worlds first Big Wheel was build here in Chicago.
  2. The city skyline was voted the second best after Hong Kong.
  3. The zip and windowed-envelop where both invented here!
After the tours, we headed back to the apartment to freshen up. We had planned to visit The Baton Lounge for a drag show, but we arrived 20mins late. Each show last 90mins and costs $14 (€10) per show, min of 2 drinks and 16% tip. WHAT?! Thats unbelievable. We avoided and headed for a beer in the adjacent Irish Bar before heading down to the pier to watch the Fireworks at 10:15pm.

We walked back to the apartment and headed bed ward. Yet another early night. We'll see Chicago night life one of these nights! :)

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