Chicago/ALA Annual Meeting

June 22nd

We left The Charm Countryview Inn before breakfast because we didn’t want to get into Chicago during the rush hour. This move probably made a significant drop in our daily calorie count from the previous two mornings.

Google Maps recommended using US 30 into western Indiana before getting on I-90 as the fastest way to Chicago. My Jeep GPS had us going a different way that put us on the I-90 in central Ohio. I let the GPS guide us, a decision I later regretted. The Ohio portion of I-90 was moving fairly well with only a few construction sites. Once in Indiana we encountered numerous construction sites with a single traffic lane. The construction delays cost us at least an hour on what should have been a six hour drive. As we neared Chicago, I-90 split from I-80 and headed north, traffic eased up. Nearing our destination the traffic got quite heavy and we were glad to get to the Hyatt Regency Chicago, the Convention’s Headquarters hotel.

This the third time we drove into Chicago and I hope the last. I doubt that we will be coming here for another convention, and if we do, we will fly in.

June 23rd

The first part of the morning was spent in our room with Susie preparing for a meeting at McCormick Place Convention Center and me working on some issues related to this blog. We also changed our itinerary by departing Chicago a day earlier than planned so that we would have two days to visit Hannibal, MO.

At 10:30 we got on the bus and headed to the convention center to register and for Susie’s first two meetings. I headed back to the hotel to complete a variety of tasks. Susie returned to the hotel in mid-afternoon.

Tonight we attended a reception hosted by Jim Neal, ALA President Elect. The reception was for new committee chairs and new interns.

June 25th

There was nothing on the schedule for this morning so Susie and I took a walk around the area. This part of  Chicago has three layers, the river, the street and an intermediate level which contains streets, parking garages and train tracks. We stayed at the top level. After returning to the hotel, I decided to take my camera and go down to the river level. Susie didn’t accompany me because she would have difficulty going up and down three flights of stairs… it wasn’t so easy on my knees either. I only had a limited amount of time so I walked back and forth from the North Michigan Avenue bridge to just past the Lake Shore Drive Bridge. I walked to the furthest point and took the pictures, below, on the return trip.

We headed to McCormick Place just before one pm. Susie and I offered to help at the Award Presentations. After the awards were handed out and a presentation by Ron Chernow about his biography of Ulysses S. Grant, which will be out soon, we briefly attended a reception for the award winners and headed back to the hotel.

Today is our last full day in Chicago. Susie is hosting a presentation sponsored by the Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries Committee, which she chairs. After a luncheon, we will head to Joliet, a 48 mile run.


Navy Pier viewed from just east of the Lake Shore Drive Bridge.
Chicago Fire Department fire boat returning to its station.
Chicago River viewed from below the Lake Shore Drive Bridge.
Kayakers preparing to go upriver.
The oddest, at least to me, tour boat on the river is this barge pushed by a small tug.
The Hyatt Regency Chicago West Tower as seen from the River.
Wrigley Building, left, The Chicago Tribune Building viewed from North Michigan Avenue and East Wacker Drive.
View east from the 26th floor hall window. The Columbus Avenue Bridge in the foreground and the Lake Shore Drive Bridge is in the background.
View north from our hotel window. The tall building with the two antennas is the Hancock Building.


6 thoughts on “Chicago/ALA Annual Meeting”

  1. Yay for two days in Hannibal!

    Mark Twain in Innocents Abroad: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…”

    (I’m finding it difficult to read the text along the left side of this blog page. Perhaps it is the red color — or the color in combination with the Easter Island photo — but it could also be my aging eyes!)

    1. I tried different colors and, to me, this color worked best. I will play with different colors and see if I can come up with something that will be easier on the eyes.

  2. Hope you are both well.
    Loved Lincoln’s Tomb . Did not know there was such a large memorial to him.
    when are you coming back?

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