Thursday (4/9/09) 10:53am - ... wherein Peter does not like to travel spontaneously.
Some people can show up to a city and spontaneously discover fabulous adventures.
I am not one of those people. (Surprise, surprise.) If I make lots of plans for what to do on a trip, I have a great time. If I just show up and see what happens, I have a lousy time.
So now I'm making plans for my BluesShout trip to Chicago -- my flight in arrives Thursday (4/30) afternoon, and my flight out leaves around midday on Monday. I figure I'll put up an updated itinerary every week or so.
First off, I've signed up for the BluesShout "after 5pm" pass as opposed to the full event registration. This means that I can go to the dances during every night, but not the workshops during the day. Granted, I could use the instruction (and I do like how they're splitting the classes by interest, not level, this time)
, but going the dances-only route made sense for me.
First off, when I do the full 'marathon of dance' at one of these events, I burn out on dancing after a couple of days (see last year)
. Second off, I'm not going on a Chicago trip that doesn't involve actually visiting the city.
According to the dance schedule
, there are dances from 8pm-4am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. (And let's recall that an 8pm dance actually starts at 9pm, if not later.) There should be a dance of some sort on Thursday night that early-arrivals can attend, but nobody has details about that yet
So basically, 9pm onwards is spoken for, and I'm probably waking up noonish every day.
Now we move on to non-dance stuff.
I bought myself a ticket to see the NPR "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!"
taping on Thursday; check-in begins at 6:30pm, and seating is at 7pm. Presumably after the taping I'll grab a bite to eat, go to that Thursday-night dance, and go to sleep.
On Friday afternoon I'll go see the Cubs/Marlins game with my brother (first baseball game for me! w00t!), then go have dinner with him and his family. After that, off to the night's dancing, and then sleep.
So that's everything I have scheduled so far. This leaves Thursday afternoon and almost all of Saturday and Sunday open.
I know I'm going to visit the Art Institute
at some point. (Grr. I'll miss the opening of their Modern Wing by a couple of weeks.)
I could also go to the science museum
, the aquarium
, and the zoo
I need to sort out improv shows (or jams) to attend. I need to gather more Chicago food recommendations.
Hopefully I can work out an itinerary for the whole weekend.
__________ Also, I can always change my mind and buy a day pass for BluesShout classes.
 Of course, if I were really determined, I would just visit the city for a whole week. I suspect, though, that I'll be 100% ready to go home by Monday.
 horsegirl615 has already made a few recommendations.
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