Our last day in Chicago was, like all the others, fantastic. After another visit to Intelligentsia and lunch at Udupi Palace (located on West Devon, a street that was literally lined with dozens of Indian restaurants – my kind of street!!), we decided to stay inside out of the dreary and drizzly weather and headed over to the Navy Pier again to watch Tron Legacy in IMAX 3D. If you’ve never seen a movie in this format, you must do it! Definitely worth the price of parking and admission. A great experience all around.
After the movie, we headed back to the apartment to pack up and to eat the last of the leftovers. We had one more stop before the long drive home – and that was at a place called The Gallery Cabaret to take part in their Thursday night open mic night. In a word – AWESOME! We signed up near the beginning of the list. Host Garrett Lane was a real character – very witty and very entertaining. Each act gets 3 songs. When it was our turn, I took a seat at the piano and Shawn was set up behind me on the bass and people were diggin’ it. You could hear a pin drop at one point. And apparently, 3 songs weren’t enough. Garrett allowed us, after much hooting and hollering from the crowd, to play a fourth song. I hate to sound arrogant but we really were a huge hit!! Texas Fred told me (along with a couple of other folks) that we were one of the best acts they’d EVER seen at Gallery Cabaret! Wow, quite a compliment! We certainly made a bunch of new friends that night.
As the night grew later and later, the road was calling us. So, 19 hours later, we got home late last night, ate a little food, and slept like the dead. This morning, the sun is beautiful, the wind is strong, and breakfast is next on the agenda. It almost feels like we never left, but obviously we know we did. We had the time of our lives out there in Chicago and we absolutely cannot wait to go back.