June 29, 2004

Scenes From Chicago

POST #    1126

No complaints about Chicago itself. My only beef (do people still say beef?) was with the weather. Four flights were planned with stopovers in Cincinnati and Atlanta on Friday and Sunday. The original travel time was a generous 7 hours. The resulting travel time was insane. It took 17 hours to go to Chicago from New York via Cincinnati because of numerous delays while in New York because of weather. We could have driven to Chicago faster. The return was no better. Delayed in Chicago for a few hours because of weather in Atlanta and delayed again in Atlanta because of heavy, heavy showers and thunderstorms. Mental note, don't fly through Atlanta during the summer. The final flight time with delays was about 15 hours; more than double the original time.

Anyway, the rest of the photos I have are above.

Posted by tien mao in Photos, Travel at 8:31 AM



Yup, the weather here in Atlanta has sucked for awhile now. Sorry that it created more delays for you! The Taste is worth a long trip, though... so much good food!

Posted by: Lauren at June 29, 2004 3:39 PM

lauren, there was a point where i was going to call you and beg of you to pick us up at the airport. that's the frame of mind we were in.

Posted by: tien at June 29, 2004 4:02 PM

Great pics!!! - what type of camera do u use?

Posted by: mx at June 29, 2004 5:19 PM

thanks mx - it's a bootylicious canon powershot s200. i say booty because it's falling apart. really.

i need a new camera.

Posted by: tien at June 29, 2004 5:31 PM

NY - Chicago is a 2 to 2.5 hour flight direct.

All three airports in NY go to both airports in Chicago. There's a fair bit of competition too between American, United and Continental. I wish Jet Blue went there though, that would be AWESOME.

Why on earth would you fly through Atlanta? Cincinatti is kind of on the way, but still each stop costs you time. How much money did you save overall?

We were in Chicago this weekend as well, IIRC, the tickets were $200 each and I bought them about 3 weeks ago. Also, because we flew direct, we didn't have any weather delays. In the summer, criscrossing the country is a good way to run into weather *somewhere*.

Posted by: whatisee at June 29, 2004 5:51 PM

But, from the pictures it looks like you had fun, especially with the food at the Taste of Chicago. The weather was pretty good in Chicago this weekend.

It's a neat town.

Posted by: whatisee at June 29, 2004 5:55 PM

yeah, flights to chicago should be cheap, but the ones we got were from delta and only $110 per person. something like that.

no complaints about taste of chicago. i expected plenty of people. i just needed to spend more time there is all.

Posted by: tien at June 29, 2004 5:59 PM

next time, we're flying direct. IF it hadn't been crap weather, we could have handled the 2 layovers and the cheap-as-all-heck seats. but as it was, it was super painful. missing connections sucks. even more so when you're stranded in the hotlanta airport where they're replacing the HVAC system.

Posted by: jeannette at June 29, 2004 7:30 PM

I drove from Milwaukee to NYC once (well, both ways) and it's about 12 hours - so maybe 10 hours from Chicago? Yep, driving would've been faster!

BTW, have you seen the Terminal yet? ;)

Posted by: matt at June 29, 2004 8:08 PM

Thats what ya get for being cheap . Pay the extra bucks and fly direct cheapskates ....

Posted by: bob at June 29, 2004 8:17 PM

sorry, but new jersey has to be the worst place to be stuck at due to weather delay. when they finally got around to getting a room for me (cause i bitched and moaned (& had two 5yr olds)like i was going to stay in the terminal overnight!) the room was disgusting-stains on the comforter and who knows what it was... yuck...

Posted by: jan at July 2, 2004 4:17 AM

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