A Brush With Greatness

April 28, 2011

Meeshie is off this week for her spring break.  The weather, of course, has been less than stellar so we went to the museum yesterday.  It was the Chicago History Museum, one of my favorites.  They have relics from the Chicago Fire, information about the Columbian Expedition, examples of Chicago’s architecture and a wing dedicated to Lincoln.

My husband was unable to join us, so I picked up my mother.  We were on the road by 10:00 am.  I figured that I would be beating the rush hour traffic by that time.  Not so.  The expressway into the city was horrible.  I’m talking bumper to bumper.  At one point we just sat in our car for 10 minutes not moving.  It was bad and there was no accident in sight.  I tried to exit the expressway to get on another one-I was on the Stevenson heading north and wanted to get on the Kennedy heading west.  No go.  I decided to stay on the Stevenson and discovered that the ramp for the Kennedy was closed.  As we sat in traffic we saw that the Stevenson heading south was empty.

And then we saw the motorcade.  The President was in town yesterday to be on Oprah.  His entourage was amazing.  There had to be at least 40 cars and that didn’t include the police escort.  Since Megs Field was bulldozed a number of years ago, the President landed his helicopters in the parking lot next to McCormick Place.

We came into to the city to experience some history and we witnessed some as well.  Regardless of how you feel about our current President, it was cool to not only see the motorcade but the huge helicopters, and there were three of them, sitting in the parking lot right next to the lake.

The trip to the museum was great.  Meeshie really enjoyed it.  The Chicago History Museum is one of my favorites and it’s a hidden gem.  The museum is near the Lincoln Park Zoo and if the weather would have cooperated, we could have taken a walk along the lake front.  But its been raining here for what seems like forever.

I really wanted to go to Chinatown for lunch, but Meeshie wasn’t feeling it.  So we opted for something entirely different.  Ed Debevic’s.  It’s a place I frequented quite a bit in my youth.  It hasn’t really changed in 20 some years and Meeshie loved it.  Of course what 8-year-old doesn’t like diner food served with a ton of sass?


  1. How cool!

    • Nicole and Denise-
      It was really cool, once I got over my frustration over the traffic.

  2. What an awesome day! That had to be so cool to witness!

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