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November 28, 2014 [Nov. 28th, 2014|11:55 pm]
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Up very late this morning, but we still managed to get everything packed in time to check out before noon. Our plan for the day was to head up to Wicker Park for a book store raid and some lunch, but as with the last time we were up here, our plan was foiled. Last time, a gunman closed down the Blue Line just as we were heading up; this time, the station we would have alighted upon was closed for repairs, and the two nearest stations were somewhat out of walking distance. We could have taken the bus, but instead we decided to head off to my old stomping grounds to the north on the Red Line.

We started with lunch at the Kopi Café, a place we realized we hadn't been to in years. It was just as good, and overheated, as we remembered. (Seriously: all of indoor Chicago is overheated at this time of year, but in most places our glasses don't steam up the way they did at Kopi.) After a tasty lunch, we stopped by Women and Children First Books, because book stores are mandatory. We also made a stop at an Asian market for some treats, and then took the Red Line back down to the hotel.

After stopping to get some coffee, we ended up going back to the hotel and sitting around the lobby for a little while before getting a taxi to the train station. For a change, our train was delayed leaving the station due to some mechanical issues, and we lost a little more time on the way back to Michigan because of freight traffic. With all of that, though, we were only about an hour late arriving home.

Back home, I unpacked a little and started some laundry. The cat, as usual, was very happy to see us, and I expect she'll be clingy tonight. Otherwise, not much appears to have happened around here while we were gone. And that's it for extended trips to Chicago for this year, although I suppose we may make a day trip in late December to finally get to Wicker Park. For now, though, it's time to get to bed, especially since I have to work tomorrow.