Chicago {Part One} Stalking Chicago Fire

Welcome to all of my new readers from the UBP13. I’m still working on replying to all of the comments and visiting everyone’s blogs & FB pages. I’ve been a little busy this past week.

You see, I’ve been busy stalking the TV shower Chicago Fire. Last weekend, the hubby & I flew to Chicago to spend some time with my mom, who we hadn’t seen in almost two years. She drove the six hours from Iowa and met us in Chicago where she was born & raised. After finding a sweet deal on airfare, we decided to fly in order to give us more time there.

Our flight out was delayed due to a “fuel leak that was no big deal” according to the airline when they made the announcement of the delay. We all busted out in laughter, thinking, you’ve got to be kidding us, “No big deal, huh?” Even with the delay, we still made the 45 minute flight into Chicago by 10am on Friday. My Aunt {who my mom has been best friends with for over 35 years} and my mom picked us up from the airport and drove downtown Chicago. The hubby has never actually been into Chicago so this was a fun trip for him to see new things.

But our main mission of the day was to stalk the set of the TV show, Chicago Fire. In the weeks leading up to the trip, we thought it would be cool to go see if they were filming. After searching Google, I found a site that tells you where shows and movies are filming at each day. My wonderful Aunt is such a great tour guide around the city and took us right to where they were suppose to be filming. But it looked like we had missed it.

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As we turned the corner to go back around the block to another spot we had a lead on, we found the casts trailers lined up along a block by an empty warehouse. There were security guards stationed at each entrance. Of course my aunt had to drive around the block a few times & the hubby thought we were going to get arrested for stalking lol!

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While we were driving around, we passed an actual Chicago Firehouse that was making a run. You see, my hubby used to be a fire fighter until knee problems caused him to have to leave the department. So we have a slight obsession with Fire Fighting stuff.

Our next brilliant idea in our stalking adventures was to find the tavern that three of the characters had purchased in the show.

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The real name of the tavern is “Lotties” where as on the show, it’s named “Molly’s”. Lotties was situated in a residential area.

Then we figured out the address of the Firehouse and set off to find it. Which turns out is right near my aunt’s doctors office. I’m pretty sure she will be doing some of her own stalking when she’s downtown.  ;o)

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When we pulled up, two of the SUV’s {usually what the Chief’s drive} were parked outside. We stopped to take a picture. My mom wanted to take a picture of me in front of the station, which looked horrible thanks to Chicago living up to its nickname of the Windy City. By the time we drove back around the SUV’s were gone.

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Looking to the east of the department is this beautiful skyline view that is sometimes seen in episodes. As we were leaving the station, a couple had pulled up and informed us that they were going to be filming at the station on Monday at 4am to 10am. We were super excited and were planning on going {OMG how cool would that have been?!} But after thinking about it, our flight left to go home on Monday and we didn’t want to be rushed with getting packed and to the airport and so tired when we got home that evening.

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The next stop on our mini Chicago vacation? None other than my favorite place for Beef Sandwiches up the street from my aunt & uncles. The hubby was being rebellious and ordered something else on the menu. I could have ate three or four of these while we were there, but I refrained from my friend Jaclyn yelling at me when I got back for killing my diet.

After resting for a bit, us girls went shopping. Where else do you go shopping while your in Chicago? Kohl’s & Target of course! LOL. My aunt had told us about some recent purse thefts in the downtown area and since we were headed to the Pier on Sunday I decided to get a cross body purse for safety reasons. ;o)

Stay tuned for Part Two: Family Time & A Surprise 65th Birthday Party.

 

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