Today we had a lot of fun scheduled … beginning with a 2-hour city tour of all the Chicago Mob Sites! We boarded our bus, hosted by “Knuckles” and “Shoulders” for the “Gangster Tour of the Prohibition Era Chicago.” We went through the usual safety guidelines, with a few “extras” thrown in for good measure. Knuckles wanted to make sure that we were well versed in ducking … as in ducking to get out of the way of flying bullets! So whenever we heard gunshots or the “rata-tat-tat” of the much used “Tommy Gun” of the day, we were supposed to duck in our seats so that we wouldn’t get whacked or anything like that! Let me tell you, they were two of the best tour guides I’ve ever had and we laughed so hard at times, well, you know what happens then, right?
We got to see a lot of the city, learned some great “mob” history (which of course, I promptly forgot!) and had a lot of fun doing it. Thanks Knuckles and Shoulders for a great couple of hours!
Our next stop … the famous “Wrigley Field” for a baseball game against our home team! Dodgers vs. Cubs! First, we took the Red Line from our place north for about 20 minutes or so. It was just about 5:00 p.m. so that means … commuters by the car-full! Lots and lots of commuters and most of them going the same place we were going. Guys in suits with “Cubs” hats on, women in skirts and tennies wearing “Cubs” socks! It was pretty funny to see all the different “Cubs” fashions! I guess that’s what it looks like to others when we go to the Dodgers game! Anyway, as we neared the stadium, we got our first look at the historical site from the window of the train.
Once we arrived and left the train, we walked out on to the street and … we were there! No parking lots, no trams, no walking 5 miles from your spot! You’re just there! We walked into the stadium and stood in awe of this place. It’s OLD! A hundred years plus old! In fact, the scoreboard is still updated by hand at each score! By hand!
We were given our “First Timers” certificate to prove that we had visited the historical site and to add to our collection of other historical stadiums and we documented it for you, just to be sure!
The game was, well … we won’t talk about that … but being there was tons of fun! We talked to many Cubs fans as they wanted to direct us to the right places to go after the game, places (i.e., “bars”!) that in their “Cubs” opinion, couldn’t be missed. We were quite surprised, however, at the amount of Dodger Blue all around us. People walking by us giving us “high five” and at times (much to the chagrin of the Cubs fans) started the home town chant, “Let’s Go Dodgers!” We were right at home, so to speak! During the game, we watched the weather come and go, come and go, down-pours and drizzles, enjoying the beautiful show God was putting on for us that night (way better than the other show on the field that we paid to watch!)! I’ve never seen so many weather changes in such a short amount of time as I did that night! We thoroughly enjoyed that … much more than the score of the game, to be sure!
After a good soaking (both literally and figuratively!) we took the train back home, along with way too many Cubs fans!
But a great experience it was, enjoying the great American past-time with great friends, great food, and great fun! (Just between you and me, I’m glad I got THAT off my bucket list! hehe!!). Talk to you tomorrow!