Just a short note on Willow Creek Community Church. We were unsure if we took this route at the end of the week for Chicago and attended the 9 o'clock service. It was quite an experience. We have been in many chirches and denominations on our trip and yes, so we payed tribute to the Catholic church. The forms of the services may differ, the buildings even more, but the gospel is the same everywhere. That is a very encouraging experience.
Have you been to Walmart in the middle of the night? I enjoyed it a lot. So sqeaky clean, so empty and yet so full. Since I did not need anything I just bought some ice cream. The self serving stations were closed so I was the only one at the only check out. It was checkout number 13. I bet they chose the number on purpose because of the Chinese. Perhaps it is not even more American. Maybe Trump sold it to the Chinese. He is famous for his deals.
Right next to the muffins etc. from local bakeries, Walmart put this big sign. If you go further into the store, you will hardly find anyhing that has been produced in The US. China, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam, you name it, it seems. Walmart pulled a similar stunt in the late 80s when they advertised "Buy American" at the stores and at the same time forced suppliers to shift their production out of the country to China in order to boost profit margins. They run a business, I understand that. I just wished they were more truthful to their customers.
It is our habit to repeat mistakes over and over again. Chikago style, as we were told by Patty. It's a deep dish pizza, in german pancake pizza. We should have left it at that. Instead we just had to go into the city and live with the consequences. The search for a parking spot was corrosive, but the riverwalk in the city center was nice even in the rain. Chicago is just a big city and therefore not for the three of us, and we already knew that before. Continue reading
Outside of Chicago there are a few houses built for the 1933 World Expo. That's how the future was imagined. At first only the pictures: