We spent the day with my nephew, seeing the sights. We picked him up at his apartment - main floor of an older home between O'Hare and downtown. He sat down and played the piano a bit (he's a wonderful pianist and, as it turns out, quite a good vocalist as well). We sang together briefly before heading out.
He was charming and thoughtful, taking us to a most wonderful little restaurant in an out-of-the-way place for a European style breakfast. Then on to downtown to explore. The United Centre, Moody, Lake Shore Drive, Michigan Avenue, Soldier Field, Navy Pier and other landmarks. We then went up the Hancock Tower and walked along the Magnificent Mile. Stopped at Water Tower Place (a large multi-level shopping mall), the Apple Store, walked in the Drake, purchased hockey souvenirs at HawkQuarters (the official store of the Chicago Blackhawks), and then went to Shedd Aquarium for a few hours and saw dolphins, whales, sharks and all sorts of other marine life.
In the process, we started seeing all the theatres and the idea was born to attend that evening if we could get tickets. My nephew's very gracious friend, a Chicago-based doctor, not only joined us, he was able to secure "house" seats at no charge for all four of us. We had a fabulous dinner, then enjoyed one of the most amazing Broadway style musicals I've seen: "Wicked." (google it). Then to another fabulous restaurant for dessert. Great day, great company, a new friend, a million memories.
We had to say goodbye. I love my nephew.