Birthday Flight

I know this is late, yet again, but it’s been one heck of a busy summer! This year’s birthday present was one of the best so far. A private flight with friend Dan around Chicagoland including our Elgin houses, Wrigley Stadium, Sears Tower, etc etc etc. Priceless. A clear, sunny day makes you appreciate Chicagoland that much more from the air too.

We started off from DePage Airport, about 30 minutes from home. Travelling north to Elgin, we flew around the wedding site and our houses before heading in towards the city. Making a pit circle around Arlington National Racecourse, we carried on towards the North side of Chicago to see the Cubs home, Wrigley Field. Northwestern University and the major towers downtown followed before we headed over the water and towards the South side.

We passed over Navy Pier, the museums, and Soldier Field before heading inland back towards the airport. Those who know Chicago know Midway airport and how it’s basically one huge city block that’s landlocked and actually rather scary to land at. We flew directly over it and got one heck of a view of just how small it is. Not helping their case for me ever flying in or out of there again!

The final destination of the trip was Fermi lab, home of one of the infamous particle accelerator, fourth largest after CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. They have a huge campus that we used to bike around, so it was awesome being able to see it from above and all the trails around.

It was back to the airport after that, as it was getting rather hot and the day was getting late. It was an awesome trip though, and reminded me how much I love summertime in Chicagoland. Thanks Dan and Joe for the awesome trip!