||[Apr. 24th, 2009|03:53 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
Wrigley Field when I was there. Wrigley is one of only two original, historic ballparks left these days, and a day game at Wrigley is a kind of must-do tradition in Chicago. Obviously, the White Sox are at home instead while I'm there, so I could go and watch them but a)it's the rubbish old American League and b)I've been there before, their stadium's new and quite dull (imagine a big round version of the Riverside or Pride Park or any of the many similar football grounds).I'm not sure about where I should go on holiday now. I was going to go to New York, but I'm now thinking I should maybe go to Chicago instead. I've been before, loved it and wanted to go back to see more of it ever since, and I'm pretty sure it would benefit from being seen in June rather than April, when it was practically still winter. The only thing causing me doubt is that the week I've got booked off work, the Cubs aren't playing at home so I wouldn't get the chance to go to historic |
Oh, decisions decisions. Perhaps I should make a list of what I planned to do in NY, and look at the Chicago alternatives, if they exist:
1. Go to watch baseball. Yes, an alternative exists. It won't be the Mets obviously, but it's there nonetheless.
2. Go to Coney Island - not really, but there's the lake shore which should be nice at that time of year.
3. Go to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Don't know, but there must be something similar in Chicago I'd have thought.
4. Wander round the streets looking at skyscrapers, and taking photos and stuff. Check.
The other thing I'd be able to do if I went to Chicago would be to visit the city of Gary, Indiana. A city called Gary? That's both ridiculous, and brilliant. And I could go and see an independent minor league baseball game there, at US Steel Yard, the home field of the Gary SouthShore RailCats. That would be fun. Although it looks as if it might not be that easy to get to the park without a car.
I really can't make up my mind. Gosh, my life is hard, isn't it?
Why not change the week you've got off to one where the Cubs are at home?
I did think about that, but I'd have to push it back, and I'm impatient to go on holiday.
Keep a day or two then for a long weekend to somewhere in Blighty or Yurp, then go to Chicago later?
Do you not fancy going to Washington DC instead? There's lots to see there, and you could always go and see the Nationals...
I went there last year, and did go and see the Nationals! I will go back there some time, especially as the Museum of American History was closed for refurbishment, which was hugely disappointing but not this year.
I totally loved Chicago (it was hot in july, but with more air than July in NYC, so nicer), and would go there over NYC for a week, given the chance.
2009-04-24 05:44 pm (UTC)
Speaking purely as a Ferris Buehler fan, I'd be waiting till I could go to Wrigley Park.
I always big up Chicago. Too bad about the Cubbies. There's always Chicago-style hotdogs, blues music, the Sears Tower, the lake, beautiful skyline, the El!
Srsly avoid Gary. It's just smelly postindustrial wasteland, though probably quite good for photos (if you like photos of postindustrial wasteland). But for serious, it smells yellow and grimy.
Aw the whitesox field isn't too bad, we had a lovely evening there. Also you could go see the FIRE play soccerball (or the ladyfoot team with eni and karen). Also isn't coney island shut now?
2009-04-25 10:14 am (UTC)
Re: GO SOX!!!
I already checked the soccerball fixtures as a tiebreak - neither the Fire nor the REDBULLS are in town when I'm there.
I might be biased against the Sox, as the last time I was there the game was delayed for about three hours due to rain, and it was the coldest I've ever been, so much so that I had to buy something to keep warm. Everyone else had had the same idea, and the only thing left was a hoodie two sizes too big for me. I bought it anyway.