It was so sad to say goodbye to Matt – it was worse that we were at the airport together but going to different parts of the country!
BOY the RDU new terminal is nice!!!
Outlets everywhere and really nice bathrooms!
Matt and I hung out together until his flight left
He was reading an article about Kanzi, who he is named after!!
See any similarities?
Read this second-to-last paragraph and see what Kanzi has to say about KALE!! Starting with “Honeydew…” LOL!
My flight left a bit after that. I got a month long Boingo internet pass for $9.95 to cover all 4 of my airport stays this month. So worth it!
In the air, I was hungry really soon. Enter packed lunch:
One of the best PB&J sandwiches I’ve had in ages because I only used once piece of bread so the Nat Nutty Almond Butter and homemade plum jam was super concentrated!! On ARNOLD bread my dad got in honor of the Healthy Living Summit!
+ my vegetable – a carrot in a pool of almond butter that got all sticky in transit
Because they all can’t be as cool as Delta (I was flying American..)
Chicago from the sky!
A lot of you recommended taking the L (train) over a cab from the airport. Cost really isn’t enough to sway me with a giant suitcase in tow, but then someone mentioned that is more GREEN to take the train and you just can’t argue with green. So I took the train!
Then Heather Said did an AWESOME post on transit with step by step instructions that made this trip SO easy. I took it even further with a photo description of the trip.
From baggage claim, look for the signs that say “Trains To City – CTA”
Take the elevators or escalators down, following the signs
At the bottom, you’re spit out to moving escalators. Hop on or walk!
After those, you come to the pay stations. Choose the one that says “cash or credit” and not cash only if you don’t have cash. I always go to the far side and use that one.
I got a 3-day pass – did the math and it’s worth it for Thursday – Sat. transit.
The platform is a bit confusing, but my advice is to follow the people who look like they know what they’re doing. I did and found a train ready to depart. ALL of the trains are leaving O’Hare (since it’s the last stop) so you really can’t get on the wrong one. Look for one with open doors!
This is the blue line towards Forest Park
Sit on the train for about 30 minutes and play on your phone:
Your 43 pound suitcase WILL fall over. Hold it tight with your legs
Note that the hotel stop is JACKSON station
When you exit the train at Jackson, go towards Van Buren (lots of presidents!)
Find the escalator at the end
Go out of the turnstiles (you might need to take the family one if you have a 43 pound suitcase and you do need to push a button to get out!)
Go to the left to find another escalator
You will be spit out onto Dearhorn Street. Walk straight about 2 blocks – towards the Subway sign and scaffolding. Walk under the scaffolding.
You will come to Congress. Make a left here.
Pass the Chicago Library!
Cross a few streets that require waiting in the hot, bright sun with your 43 pound suitcase
Go under the L
Under the auditorium
The Congress Plaza appears on the right!
Cross Congress at Michigan and you’ll be there.
The hotel is nice – historic – and feels like a old college dorm!
The bathroom is huge
Just ate an apple and now I must get down to swag bag duty!!
Can’t wait to see the rest of you here!!