Hotel shuttle to O'Hare to CTA's Blue Line to downtown....about 90 minutes of travel
Get oriented (trans: wander a little before starting to move with purpose)
Bus to the Field Museum of Natural History, where I saw Sue the T. rex, the excellent special exhibit on water, lots of dead animals, some minerals (the main mineral exhibit is closed for renovation), jade, etc.
Walked out towards the Shedd aquarium, then set off walking up the waterfront
Cut over to Grant Park and admired the large fountain in Georgia marble
Lunch at a Corner Cafe on Michigan
Walk on to Millennium Park, admire the 'bean', the wall of water fountains, and the Great Lawn and its concert shell
Admire the intrepid bassonist busker on a corner while headed for a bus stop
Catch a bus north headed to the Water Tower...gee, the stop for Chicago Ave. lets me off at the door of the Apple Store. Spend a few minutes communing with toys.
On to the Water Tower, a limestone castle of a standpipe that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Now used for art exhibits, and had a set of photos from the fire on display
Across the street to the old pumping station (same design as the standpipe), now a tourist information office. Collect literature and directions to the Post Office in the John Hancock Building
Mail postcard of Sue to nephew at his summer camp
Wander through bits of Water Tower Place, a mall. American Girl store is....interesting, to one who never found dolls to be fun even at the 'right' age.
Macys on State Street has a Moonstruck Chocolates shipment, including dark chocolate lab truffles (in the shape of puppy dogs, you see). Despite the fact that I'll be in Portland with a full Moonstruck store (or two) nearby in just 2 weeks, I buy truffles. And sample a Frango mint, just for the experience. Not my weakness...
Borders on State Street has no chairs for foot-sore, book-hungry shoppers, so I don't stay long
Bus back down to the Loop, rode the Brown Line El around the Loop, just to do it. Spot the Chicago Board of Trade, and admire the library--it takes up a full city block
Wander back through Millennium Park, stop in the same Corner Cafe for a sandwich to go, then find the Blue Line in its downtown subway and head to O'Hare
Call for hotel shuttle pickup, and return to hotel
(Somewhere in there was a stop in the old Marshall Fields flagship store, now a Macys, to admire the Tiffany glass mosaic ceiling...thought of you, coalboy)
Elapsed time: about 12 hours...maybe 11-1/2. Now I'm taking one of my Lush bath bombs and headed for a nice soak in a hot bath....and someone else will clean the tub for me tomorrow. <g>