Also, good read here on why August 22 could be a huge day in world history (part of a longer Wall Street Journal editorial). Luckily, I'll be driving through cornfields that day and will check the radio for news before entering Chicago.
For those that haven't heard, Ant and I are heading to Chicago in a few weeks. I've done most of the planning the last few days. Found us a good priced hotel on Clark Street across from Lincoln Park. Here's our itenerary:
Monday Aug 21: Drive Baton Rouge to Nashville, stay with Theresa (Ant's sister) and husband
Tuesday Aug 22: Drive Nashville to Chicago, check into hotel, dinner somewhere (probably along Clark Street) and then Second City (two blocks from hotel)
Wednesday Aug 23: Find something to do in morning, spend afternoon around Wrigley area bars, go to Cubs/Phillies game, Wrigley area bars after
Thursday Aug 24: Six Flags Great America/Hurricane Harbor, dinner/Chicago nightlife
Friday Aug 25: Downtown Chicago during the day, head to Soldier Field for Chicago "tailgating" (no canopies or alcohol allowed anywhere and only small grills allowed - amateurs) then Bears/Cardinals preseason game
Saturday Aug 26: Find something to do in morning, White Sox game in the evening.
Sunday Aug 27: Drive Chicago to Nashville
Monday Aug 28: Drive Nashville to Baton Rouge
The great thing about this trip is that once we get to Chicago, the only driving we need to do to get anywhere is Six Flags. Everything else we can get to on public transportation. Wrigley is at Clark and Addison, just hop on the Clark St. bus at our hotel and it stops right at Wrigley, with 24 hour service. All of the Stadiums seem easy to get to via bus and/or L train. Plus in a span of 5 days, we get to see 2 MLB ballparks and Soldier Field.