24 Hours in Chicago

The perfect place and beverage to share some casual conversation.

If we were having a beer, you’d be curious about my recent absence.

“Where were you last week?”

“Chicago”

“Chicago? That’s crazy. Cheryl said you were here on Thursday.”

“He was, I sent him home with wings and lasagna.”

“So then how did you end up in Chicago?”

“I flew.”

“You’re a jerk, you know that?”

“I’m not sure adding alcohol to this is a good idea, but it is why I’m here. You boys want the usual?”

“Yuengling.”

John Howell’s Bourbon.”

“Willet?”

“Yes, I can never remember the name.”

“John Howell’s Bourbon works. Coming right up.”

“Why were you in Chicago?”

“Ostensibly, to see a friend, but also to stick it to the man.”

“The man?”

“Southwest Airlines.”

“What did they do?”

“More like what couldn’t they do and what wouldn’t they do?”

“OK, at least you guys are picking on an airline instead of each other. Airlines are always fair game.”

“They work hard for that privilege.”

“And I work hard to keep you happy. One Yuengling, in a frosted glass, and one Willet, strong pour in a snifter with some ice on the side.”

“Thanks for indulging my quirks, Cheryl.”

“Whatever floats your kayak. The owner loves it when I sell from the top shelf.”

“You were saying…Southwest?”

“Remember when I had to fly home because of that nasty snow storm?

“Back in March?”

“Yes, and Southwest had no flights flying anywhere near Bradley. So I flew Delta.”

“Did you lose the money?”

“No, but the ‘stored value’ had to be used before February.”

“I thought you had a year?”

“Seems that’s a year from when you bought the ticket.”

“That stinks.”

“It does. I asked if they would extend that deadline, by a few days, but they said no.”

“Why not? Seems like a reasonable request.”

“They said the snowstorm was an act of God.”

“I’m not sure God would like that.”

“I told them the snowstorm was an act of God, but their not even being able to answer their phone was an act of corporate incompetence.”

“I’m sure that helped your case.”

“Sometimes I can’t help myself.”

“So, you spent money on food, a hotel and beer, rather than lose the money to Southwest?”

“Exactly, like I said, I can’t help myself.”

“I’m hoping that you feel like helping yourself to some wings, or maybe a pizza or some mussels.”

“You want to share a pie?”

“Who’s buying?”

“The guy drinking top-shelf Bourbon.”

“Let’s do that thing you and your wife do, let’s get two smalls.”

“OK.”

“So, did you guys decide on a pie?”

“We did not, Cheryl. We decided to have two smalls. You can make mine with pepperoni, onions, bacon and mushrooms.”

“Four items? Sounds like you’re abusing my generosity.”

“Which would you have me leave off?”

“That is a hard choice. Can I have a slice?”

“Sure, you’re buying.”

“OK, then I’ll have sausage, peppers and onions.”

“That my favorite pie.”

“I know, I expected you to order it, when you didn’t, I had to.”

“OK, I’ll get these right in. Fresh drinks when the pies are up?”

“Absolutely…”

“Did you have pizza in Chicago?”

“No, but we ate at this cool bar, Howells & Hood.”

“Good food?”

“I wasn’t very hungry, but they had over a hundred beers on tap, including a dozen lagers.”

“Did you say over a hundred beers? On tap?”

“I did, Cheryl, I think it was a hundred and ten.”

“Yikes! All I can think about is cleaning the lines. Ugh, I wouldn’t want that job.”

“Dan’s very own slice of Heaven. What did you drink?”

“They had this deal where you could make your own ‘Flight’ of four beers. We did a few of those.”

“Good brews?”

“Yes, all of them.”

“How many flights to you have?”

“Several, but we shared some, and they’re only six ounce glasses.”

“And you were walking?”

“Yes, no one was driving that day.”

“So, when did you get to Chicago?”

“My fight arrived at 11:55, then a quick cab to my hotel, where my friend met me.”

“Then what, straight to the pub?”

“No, we took an architectural walking tour.”

“That sounds cool. Can we expect door photos from that?”

“You can.”

“Then to the pub?”

“Not straight away. We walked around a bit, and took some photos of the Tribune Building – that’s where the bar was.”

“Is that the building with the odd artifacts embedded in the walls?”

“It is – some very strange stuff.”

“It’s hard to imagine asking someone: ‘can I cut a hunk of this place off and take it back to Chicago?’ “

“A little nervy.”

“You guys could handle nervy. Anyway, your pies are up.”

“Ooooh, those look good.”

“I’ll get those drinks. You sticking with Bourbon with the pizza?”

“That doesn’t sound right, does it.”

“Meiomi?”

“Yes, Meiomi.”

“I’m assuming you slept in on Sunday.”

“Yeah, but not too late, I had a two o’clock flight home.”

“Wow, that was a quick trip.”

“My friend took me on a short driving tour, then we had breakfast, then the airport.”

“Easy peasy?”

“The only way to fly.”


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  1. Any adventure that involves top shelf Bourbon is a good one. Your photos of Chicago remind about how gray it can be there– and that I haven’t been there in years. Wish I had some plane points hanging over my head, begging to be used.

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    1. Gray, cold and windy. These weren’t points that were going to expire (although I might have done the same) this was cash that I paid for a ticket I couldn’t use due to a snow storm. All’s well that ends well. Thanks.

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  2. Nice flights Dan! I love drinking with folks like you and the hubs. I drink the dark ones. 😉 The best part about the little place in Roswell, GA was their designing a flight of craft beers based on what we told them we liked. The hard part was remembering what they were for the next time! Lol. Don’t even get us started on airlines. Spirit. Pffft. Cheap. That’s it. At least we have children we can visit using the credits on 3-count em-3 failed trips to Costa Rica due to ‘acts of God.’ At this point I think God has other plans for us. 😏 Trying to talk to anyone in THIS country about it is the real challenge.
    I love that river running through Chicago but it must have been sooo cold standing next to it. And that bean is marvelous! Whose idea was it to steal pieces of famius buildings and display them prominently? Interesting….
    Loved serving you guys today. It’s so nice whenyou gang up on someone else. 😀

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. It’s great having you behind the bar. Airlines are just the worst, but at least Delta answers the phone and has a funtional website when bad weather hits. I’ve been knocked off Southwest twice during “acts of God” and both times, their website and app went dark, and the wait for a phone would take cost me another night in a hotel. Both times, Delta had an active website, a useful app and helpful people – even though they were affected by the same act of God. I will avoid Southwest as much as I can.

      It was in the low 30s in Chicago. We were going to take a architectural river cruise. I would enjoy that, but maybe I visit my friend again in the late spring. We had a better time in the nice warm bar.

      This place had several flights that were per-designed, but when I told the guy what I liked, he picked some real winners for me.

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      1. And that’s how a wait person earns a good tip! 30would be cold enough to keep me off of a boat. I get goosebumps watching that Alaska reality show! Lol yeah Delta is always good. They give replacement miles and perks. A very good long time family friend retired as a Delta airline pilot. He was based out of Dothan, AL. The best thing Southwest has is a sense of humor, but then why shouldn’t they when they are on the winning end?

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    1. Thanks Judy. I hadn’t done flights for a long time, because the selection at some pubs is too small for my limited tastes. These guys had more lagers than I could sample, and they were all good.

      I will avoid Southwest as much as I can. Sometimes, for business, I have to do it because it’s cheaper. I figure I’ll squeeze in one trip a year, to keep the points alive, but I’m not looking forward to it. they were already having problems on my return flight, because it was the weekend of the big storms here in New England.

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    1. Thanks Lois. Southwest is the worst airline when something goes wrong. They just don’t seem to have the resources to really help. I waited on hold for over 30 minutes. Their website was pitifully slow. Meanwhile, Delta was all “we’ll take your money and get you home.”

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  3. I’m glad you got to use your “stored value” with a quick trip to see a friend and have a beer. Downtown Chicago is great fun for shopping and wandering and taking photos of doors. If I had known you were so close, I would have waved.

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    1. Chicago is about the only place I can go on Southwest that doesn’t involve a stop and a lengthy layover. I could also go to Baltimore, but not a good place for a guy wearing a Steelers jersey. Although, we did drive by Soldier Field, where the Steelers lost earlier this season. If I had been there for more than a few hours, I would have let you know.

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  4. I lived in the Chicago area (North Suburbs) for ten years (on and off). It was nice to get back with you.Tell Cheryl thanks for the mention. I love the dark beers as well as your friend. Would have been glad to take them off your hands. :-D

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    1. Thanks John. My friend handled the dark beers, and I did a nice job on the lagers. Short visit, but a very good time. “John Howell’s Bourbon” is now a thing at the bar. My buddy has a strange way of remembering things.

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    1. I think Mr. McCormick brought a hunk home once, and that’s what started this. It is strange. I’d like to think it was largely rubble, but there’s a piece of the Taj Maha and the Sphinx.

      I think this is going to be a Chicago week on No Facilities.

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  5. What a sad post! First of all, you were so close but with not time to meet and already meeting a friend, and then I had to read that you had a bad experience with my favorite airline. Ahh, well, if I weren’t under the weather and scheduled to work tonight, I’d have a beer in your honor. Flights are a great way to try a number of drinks, but not every place has them. Hope your Saturday’s a good one.

    janet

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    1. I thought of you. This was actually two weeks ago (oct 28-29). If I had been able to stay an extra day, I would have let you know. But that would have required paying Southwest more money, and I wasn’t about to do that.

      I like Southwest, but I’ve been stranded twice because they don’t have enough people to work through a crisis in s timely fashion. I’ll have beer in both our honor.

      With this guy no longer working with our company, I’m sure future trips to Chicago will happen.

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  6. I do love the lamps, thanks for thinkin of me. I appreciate any building that has history attached, figuratively or literally, so yes on the Tribune, which has both.
    I would stick it to the man, too. If one flies, a quick getaway can be wonderful. Who doesn’t love a change of scenery? Even if it’s fast, it’s nice.
    I’m glad you got some new doors. :)

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    1. I wouldn’t mind spending some time in museums. Yeah, there’s almost no direct flights in and out of BDL. That’s why I chose Chicago. It worked out well because a good friend from work lives there but left our company, so I hadn’t seen him in a long time.

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  7. I had no idea that the buildings in Chicago go right to the water. Wow!! And all those keepsakes in that wall are pretty intriguing, Dan. I’m glad I wasn’t with you because your pictures really looked cold. As for the rationale for paying for a room and a meal and drinks versus the other option …. well, all I can say is good for you. It’s the principal of the matter that counts! Those beers? I’d have one and be falling off the bar stool! LOL LOVED your gallery! Thank you! 🤗

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    1. Yes! You got it. But, even though they got my money, they had to fly me somewhere. And yes, I spent money on a hotel, dinner, beers, etc. but we’re not doing the math. This was a matter of principle.

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  8. I’m reading this post while eating pizza (pepperoni, mushrooms, and green olives) thinking that a beer would actually taste really good with it … say, a Bud Light 😉 … because it’s still morning and technically this is breakfast 😏

    Regardless of the reason why you went to Chicago, you went to Chicago!! I haven’t been there in forever and would welcome a trip back. If and when I do, I definitely want to check out that Tribune Building. What an odd way to distinguish a building. I can imagine the conversation that developed that idea went something like – “let’s cannibalize other buildings and stick it into our’s”. I wonder what they were drinking …

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    1. Well, since I don’t really consider Bud Light to be beer, I’m sure it would be ok. Pizza for breakfast is wonderful. I think it’s only fair to add beer.

      We had that conversation about the Tribune Building. Whatever they were drinking, they drank it for a long time.

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  9. I loved the onion soup photo and the great big silver bean sculpture, Dan.
    I loved my Delta flights! I had wonderful Starbucks coffee and biscotti. So nice flight attendants and delicious treats on each of three legs of my four trips.

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      1. Good to know you like Delta. So glad my daughter Felicia checked into Delta and found they do let you reschedule if a hurricane would have hit the Gulf when I was leaving Ohio.
        By the way, have you had the big ice storm hit you they mentioned out East? Take care, my friend.

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      1. It was all about the museums for my folks…they both worked for Coe College in Cedar Rapids and wanted us exposed to as much history as possible…we were also the National Lampoons family vacation group…large station wagon and when they were off in August between school years…we did major road trips…their goal was to get us into as many states as possible before we all grew up and left home….made most of them…

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