Having grown up in New Jersey, autumn was my favorite season. I loved the gorgeous colors of the fall leaves and the crisp smell present in the cool air. Now that I live in the South, it’s one of the things I miss the most about home. So, I was excited when I got invited to visit Chicago for a few days in October.
Where I Stayed
Since I was traveling for work, my hotel room had been reserved by the hosting organization. I stayed at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. The hotel room was spacious and comfortable, the staff was pleasant and helpful, and I enjoyed the selection available in the grab-and-go cafe. The Marriott is right on the Magnificent Mile, so you can literally walk out the door and be right in the heart of a shopper’s paradise. When I realized that I had left all of my face care products at home, I just walked across the street to Sephora. Navy Pier is also just a couple of blocks away, so it is easily in walking distance.
What I Did
I make it a point to spend at least a few hours exploring as a tourist when I travel for work. This time, I went on the double decker bus city tour with some of the other people from my meeting. I’ve been on the tour before, but it is always fun to get a glimpse of the city from the top of the tour bus. It was October in Chicago, so it was cold on the top of the bus out in the Windy City. One of the tour guides on the bus was not happy to be sitting up there with us. As a matter of fact, she started yelling at two other tourists for talking to each other. They were just sitting there quietly talking to each other, and she told them that they were being very rude by talking to each other while she was talking. Apparently, she cannot concentrate when other people talk on the bus. Of course, I was certain she was going to throw me over the side of the bus at some point for talking to the girl next to me. Luckily, I got some great city views and amazing autumn weather before that happened. Helpful hint: The tour guide can either make the ride incredibly fun or incredibly stressful.