Chicago in 2003 - Throwback Thursday | 3

Our first day trip to Chicago, to celebrate the end of Summer.
We departed early on the Amtrak train. Riding the train was a treat - we ate breakfast in the Dining car and spent most of the trip in the observation train, where the windows curved along the sides and roof of the car, giving the occupants a lovely, unobstructed view of the landscape.

Day Trip to Chicago - 2003

Day Trip to Chicago - 2003
You Can Barely Tell, but my Little Boy is Wearing a Fish Tale Shirt - Perfect for Today's Visit

We visited the Shedd Aquarium that day.
Day Trip to Chicago - 2003

Day Trip to Chicago - 2003

Day Trip to Chicago - 2003

Day Trip to Chicago - 2003
Yes, We Broke Down and Bought Her a White Seal Stuffed Animal - She Loves Animals

It was a fun day trip, but our experience with Amtrak was a little frustrating due to numerous delays (the track is shared with freight trains, and they get preference). In subsequent years, we opted to drive to the Chicago suburbs and take the commuter train into the city instead. Still, I'm glad we took one trip on Amtrak - there is something nostalgic and romantic about a true rail experience.

tinajo  – (September 11, 2014 at 8:44 AM)  

Ah, my beloved Chicago! You all look very happy. :-)

Lisa Gordon  – (September 11, 2014 at 10:59 AM)  

Great memories, Shirley.
I absolutely love to travel by train.
Without the delays, of course!! :-)

Liz  – (September 11, 2014 at 11:18 AM)  

I bet the kids loved the Aquarium!

Nicki  – (September 11, 2014 at 3:40 PM)  

Such a fun trip back memory lane with you. Reminds me of some of our trips on Amtrak (the good, the bad, and the ugly). Our daughter also had a passion for stuffed animals (still does, only now refers to them as "plushies" - same thing! haha!)

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