This morning we set off to western Chicago to an area an hour and a quarter away from the city. It was another sparkling day. My guide Adrian drove us past the suburbs we visited yesterday through a much more rural landscape compete with barns that looked like they were straight out of Little House on the Prairie.
It sounds like the Illinois education department is facing similar challenges to that of California in terms of funding. I had a lovely chat with Kristin while I signed the children’s books. She and her assistant whose name I can’t remember (that’s terrible!) had lot of great suggestions for some sightseeing in Chicago too.
Heading back to the city I loved seeing the changing landscapes – the green grass, pretty trees and chocolate box houses.
Ian spent the morning sorting out hire cars and flights to New York – and when I got back to the hotel he was tearing his hair out trying to use the vouchers we’d received from United for the grub in my dinner. It seems they’re happy to give you the vouchers but less happy that you might actually try to use them.
So we headed out for a walk in the sunshine. The weather was markedly warmer than yesterday – I’d say around 16 degrees. We strolled down along the river to the lakefront. Lake Michigan is the most extraordinary blue and the park is a palette of greens.