We have just crossed the border at Detroit. With two bathroom stops taken into account, the ETA around 8:45 pm tonight.
We're exactly 500 miles from home.
We're predicting an ETA of around 8pm tonight, but I'll continue to post revisions on that estimate as we move through our route and get closer to our destination.
The bus is quiet this morning. There's a bit of chatter, a some napping, some games and some movies going on.
The events are over. There were a lot. Chicago has been done. All that is left is to prepare for our return journey.
Oh, Improve Class at Second City earlier today:
The students were taught all sorts of improv techniques and games that required quick wit. Here's a few samples. See if you can figure out what the instructions are in the second video.Read More
I'm not sure what you folks saw at home, but if you missed us, we were definitely the liveliest bunch of fans in the park. Did we make it on TV? If you missed the Jays, I'm guessing that's because they didn't show up. Poor batting. Decent starting pitching. Poor fielding. Not enough. The Sox definitely deserved The W.
It looks like some staff and students were actually on TV on Sportsnet. I was eating. That should suprise nobody. Thanks to Ria's dad for sending this:
We are currently on our way back the hotel, and I expect to arrive by 11 pm Chicago time.
After the Chicago fans realized they couldn't compete with our "Let's Go Blue Jays" chants, the CHICAGO fans started O Canada and encouraged us to join.
We happily obliged.
Good news regarding the weather...it's an unexpectedly beautiful summer evening!
This afternoon we were joined by professional gangster Johnny Rocco who taught us about the violent history of 1920s Chicago in a very informative, yet totally hilarious way. We definitely went down streets we'd never see on any other tour - including the site of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
Wow, is it raining. I've noticed that my jacket and hat get a lot wetter on the days it rains. Fortunately, most of Wrigley Field is indoors, as is everything else today, with one very obvious exception - the Jays. The White Sox should really have a dome - it's so inconsiderate that we came all this way and they can't even build a state of the art billion dollar dome for our comfort?
Wrigley Field, however, is very cool. There is so much history within the walls of the park, and our tour took us all over the ballpark - it's not often you get to walk through one of these facilities without having to share it with 40,000 other people. We were taken into the press box, the visiter's clubhouse, the Cubs' dugout, and amongst all the various seats and bleachers.
Afterwards, we went to the adjacent Cubs Store, where things might have been purchased.
We have just finished breakfast and are about to board the bus. We managed to get a bit of a late start this morning, which is nice given how late we arrived last night.
There is one fear about today - this evening - the Jays game. And the weather does not look good.Read More
Here's a bonus video from our first day in Chicago at the Bean. As previously stated, we like to sing.
We have safely arrive back at our hotel and are in the process of retiring to our assigned accommodations for the night. It was a great day, but we're definitely beat given that it's almost 11pm here, which is 12am over by all y'all. Tomorrow we have the Gangster Tour, Wrigley Field Tour, and if the weather cooperates - Sox vs Jays! Keep your fingers crossed and hope for clear skies (in Chicago) tomorrow night!
So we were in the front four rows... which all had panchos supplied. You'd think it was for water... but it was for paint, Captain Crunch, marshmallows, and apparently, puke. It was awesome.
After the show, some of our students got to "meet" the Blue Men and even grab a selfie!
We're enroute back to our hotel, and I expect us to arrive within the next 25 minutes.
Chicago Style Pizza:
1. Even more unhealthy than actual pizza
2. Very heavy, resembled lasagne, but with more cheese.
3. By "more cheese" I mean way more cheese.
4. No one would ever need more than one slice to be full.
5. 9 students had more than one slice.
6. I found you get a second wind near the end of the second slice and you can put away three slices if you're determined.
There are few better ways to see Chicago than from 1000 ft! This afternoon we were lucky enough to have clear skies in order to see the glorious Chicago skyline. Hope you're not afraid of heights - because this event ain't optional!
We are currently on our way to dinner (Deep Dish Chicago Style Pizza - this trip isn't going to win any awards at the annual Healthy Living Chicago Awards, which in some circles are more prestigious than the Oscars... Don't Google that, I just made it up), and then it's our feature event tonight - the Blue Man Group!
A mall that spans 8 stories! Things might have been purchased.
Sometimes we sing on the bus: