Lots of American Tourists
23.05.2009 - 24.05.2009 70 °F
Well, as it's Memorial Day tomorrow, Monday, Chicago is full of people visiting the city for this holiday weekend. Mainly mid-Westerners we'd say.
From the airport yesterday we'd planned to take the subway (Blue Line) to the station nearest to our hotel with an elevator.
We'd got off the plane and through Immigration in no time, our bags were 3rd or 4th onto the belt and we were out into the main terminal in about 25 minutes. However, it was hot and we did not fancy the drag with bags round from the station at the other end so decided a taxi ride would be best. Outside we were hijacked by a limo driver (we should know better having been here before!). As it turned out, it was not a bad option. Traffic on the freeway into Downtown was as bad as ever but our young Turkish driver knew all the tricks to hasten the journey (driving up the shoulder, off at junctions and on again, weaving between lanes) all done whilst turning round to talk to us! A fair fare was charged and we were dropped off right at the hotel lobby.
Check-in was very busy but there was no wait at the "Hilton Honors" line (never understand why most people don't join each hotel chains'/airlines' rewards programmes, it costs nothing and there is usually some benefit to be had). This saved us probably nearly an hour this time plus it probably got our room upgrade.
As the room was on one of the "Executive" floors we could take the "Executive" lift up to the 23rd floor (by inserting our "Executive" keycard by the lift button). The other benefit is free breakfast and drinks and snacks during the day in the "Executive" lounge. However, this "Executive" floor is full this holiday weekend of a load of people one could not really describe as being "Executive". Including us!
It's now late and time for bed, so will catch up on this in the morning.