Into Illinois

Tour, Day 8
Since we weren’t leaving Tinley Park, IL until early afternoon, we decided to try a nearby Italian restaurant, Gatto’s, for lunch. I had a bowtie pasta dish with sausage, and Domingos had the meatball sandwich.

It was very tasty, but way too much food.

The drive from Tinley Park to Schaumburg wasn’t long, but it was a little stressful with lots of traffic. I was very happy to arrive at our Schaumburg hotel and unpack for four nights there! We left fairly soon after arrival for the evening’s concert at Wheaton College. This was the first chance I had to hear this program, which basically tells the Army’s history through well-chosen music. It was really well done and the audience was very moved.

Venue #8

Tour, Day 9
The next morning, we went next door for breakfast to the Egg Harbor Cafe. It’s a small chain (19 total locations in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Georgia) and it reminded me of my old favorite First Watch in Cincinnati. I had scrambled eggs with chicken sausage, goat cheese, and cherry tomatoes.

The rest of the day, we did some shopping, especially enjoying the Veterans’ Day discounts at World Market and Bed, Bath, and Beyond (25% off for military). We also visited the Woodfield Mall next to our hotel. You can’t tell from this picture, but the mall had a weird, almost M. C. Escher feel to it with sloping ramps and shops on a strange middle level as well as the standard upper and lower levels.

We ate dinner next to the hotel at the Weber Grill, which had fantastic burgers.

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