The last trip of the year? Not quite the end for 2022…
Fall fun in the Windy City
In this adventure:
- Still trying to keep it different
- Great. A Broken Down Coach…
- Cathay Pacific Lounge, Heathrow Terminal 3
- AA99 London Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare (Main Cabin Extra)
- Avid Hotel, Chicago O’Hare
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- Airplane Art from the Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- Table for One – Time for Food
- Trying a different Deep Dish Pizza (Pequods)
- Night-Time fun with the iPhone 14 Pro
- Return to much busier Chicago O’Hare Terminal 5
- BA296 Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow (World Traveller)
- A Coach, A Coach. My Kingdom for a Coach
- Not the end, for 2022…
Each trip I go to Chicago (and anywhere in the world) is a learning experience – one of the reasons I travel is to learn about a culture, people, and – of course – food.
For Chicago, it’s more about one important thing – friends. Over the years, I’ve made a lot of friends in the area – and I consider that one of the best things to have come out of my travels. Because let’s face it, spending time with friends is time well spent.
Let us get on to wrap up, and then dangle what’s next.
One year, I will learn to give myself more padding when it comes to coaches. Honest.
Heathrow Terminal 3
Well, at least Fast Track Security worked well. A smooth transit through the terminal area for once.
Cathay Pacific Lounge
There are many reasons why I call this lounge “home” at Heathrow. Just the friendly warmth and food are two reasons.
AA87 (London to Chicago), Main Cabin Extra
It was fine. Nothing overly remarkable, but that Philly Cheesesteak bun was afront to all things good in the world
O’Hare Terminal 5
It’s a lot less sleepy than before – to put it mildly. With more passengers going through it, allow extra time to transit the terminal.
Avid Hotel, Des Planes
For £100 – it was more than passable. It’s a little bare and basic – but for an overnight crashpad, it does the job for a family. The included breakfast is welcome too.
Hyatt Regency O’Hare
Things seem to be stabilising at this property after a rocky visit last time, although the room service offered every three nights by default is a little cheeky at this point of the game.
British Airways Terraces Lounge, (O’Hare)
If there was a lounge in the system that needs a refit, this one needs to be a lot higher on the list. The darkness and dungeon-like feel aren’t welcoming, no matter how hard the staff try.
British Airways BA296 (World Traveller)
The way British Airways have configured their Boeing 787-10 for a premium heavy load hasn’t affected the passenger experience down the back of the plane. With the seat chosen, it’s at least comfortable – if a little uninspiring as a service.
And that’s it for this trip report. And for the year. Maybe.
Or is it?
Whilst I might be in bits that are holding me together, the appetite for adventure hasn’t dampened in the least. The question is…where?
Currently, I have Google flights open, some dates in mind and options.
Lots and lots of options. Something I might act on in the coming weeks.
With the world opening back up – isn’t that the most wonderful thing to have?
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