We left a cold and snowy Peterborough heading fro Chicago on Friday afternoon and finally arrived in our Downtown hotel late in the evening – no matter, in usual Vicky style there were snacks, drinks and lots of chatting until far too late! So, a later than usual start on Saturday and a visit to the gym to work off the excess red wine from the night before, not for Simon, but we made him come along anyway! Out into a cold foggy Chicago day, with flurries of snow as we set off to Vicky’s favourite rib place, Carson’s, for lunch – we had a great lunch of ribs and not even Simon could put us off with his description of them as “human ribs” – a joke from his TAFE Hospitality course! Then onto the Chicago equivalent of the Battersea Dogs (and cats) home – Vicky found several cats and even one dog she would have loved to adopt and take home! I couldn’t get over the number of cats and dogs who were there – so sad that they have been abandoned. There were plenty of enthusiastic volunteers with lots of visitors, as well as a few signs saying some of the animals had been adopted or were awaiting adoption which was cheering. This was followed by a trip to the Cheesecake factory where the queue was so long we had to get takeaway! I thought it was delicious but Vicky didn’t think it compared to the Carnegie Deli in New York and thank goodness the piece wasn’t as big! We stepped out into Michigan Avenue which was beautiful with the trees lining the avenue covered in sparkling white lights – it was so very Christmassy! We finished our day by going to see “Elf – the Musical” based on the film of the same name, I thought it was most apt for Christmas. It was very funny and the actor who played Buddy the Elf was brilliant! Back to the hotel for a relatively early night! And the rest to follow tomorrow as Simon has gone to bed and I am keeping him awake!