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October 18, 2015 [Oct. 18th, 2015|11:55 pm]
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The Amtrak spur that runs from our town into Chicago has recently changed its schedule: it leaves from here earlier and leaves from Chicago to come back later. This means that we can now go up to Chicago for an opera and come back the same day without too much trouble and without having to take the South Shore, which -- while a fine train system -- pales in comparison with the comforts of Amtrak.

All of which means we got up early this morning to catch a train into Chicago. We had planned to have brunch at one of our favorite restaurants in Wicker Park, but we got there only to find that it has closed for good. In the end, we had brunch downtown at Miller's, which was satisfactory. Afterwards, we stopped by Così to pick up some sandwiches for our trip home, and then it was off to the opera.

We arrived early enough that we were able to catch the pre-performance lecture, which was kind of fun, but not nearly as much fun as the opera itself, which today was Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. What can I say: it's a great opera, and the performance today was colorful, full or talent, and thoroughly enjoyable. My only complaint is that some of the performances didn't rise up to the level of the costuming and staging. Figaro, in particular, was underacted. But it's still an wonderful opera, and a lot of fun to watch.

We booked out of the theater quickly at the end, not stopping to applaud for the curtain calls, because we were unsure of the timing for our train back home. It turns out that it's about a five-minute walk to the train station, so we could have stayed to applaud, but we'll know better next time. In any case, the train back home was on time, and we got in at a decent enough hour. I spent some time online catching up from the day, and now we're heading off to bed, very late but happy. It's been a good day.