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Thursday, July 04, 2013

Route 66 Day 3

Our second and last full day in Chicago swung between warm and muggy and torrential rain (we sat out the latter in a Starbucks).

We began by walking down the Magnificent Mile, taking in the First Presbyterian Chirch, the Water Tower, hershey's and the Tribune Building. This last one incorporates stones from around the world, all quietly boosted and brough to Chicago. Bits of the Great Pyramid, the Great Wall of China, Edinburgh Castle, the Alamo, St Peter's in Rome, the WTC....

Then down to Buddy Guy's Legends for a lunchtime session, having realised just in time that because Ruairidh won't be 21 until we're in Las Vegas none of the clubs (including the one we tried to get to last night) would let him in for an evenng session. Still, the lunchtime acoustic set was good (I have shamefully forgotten the singer's name: Anthony something).

The waitresses had delightful T-shirts, and ours didn't seem too taken aback when I asked if I could take a picture of her chest displaying it.

Then on to the original studios of Chess Records to stand in the studio where Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones all recorded. Caught a cab in the rain (which was getting worse) up to the start of Route 66 at Adams and Michigan.

Then finally (once the rain stopped) we took a boat tour around the rivers to look at the architecture. The guide was very knowledgeable and it was great fun. And after that, there remained only tonight's dinner, for which we went to Pizzeria Due, claimed to do the best deep pan pizzas in Chicago. If ours were typical, they probably do.

As for music, here is one of the Chess Records greats.


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