It’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses

I understand now that the Blues Brothers is such a Chicago movie. Chicago is a city that may be a little rough around the edges, but has a heart of gold. It is a very musical city – I think I heard “sweet home Chicago” about 50 times.

Also the place we stayed in was right next to the L train so it reminded me of that scene in blues brothers where everything is shaken of the walls.

My total score for Illinois out of 50 is 36.

Categories out of 10

Home comforts Quality of food, accommodation, etc. Score of 7. Tried a deep dish pizza and had some hipster food. On the whole, very good. The B&B was a bit weird and had paper thin walls, but was in a good location and the staff were very nice.

Attractions The quality of the attractions and generally how fun and interesting they were. Score of 8. Lots and lots to do in Chicago; sports, museums, history (route 66 starts here).

Natural Beauty The aesthetic vistas of the state which make the drive easier. Score of 7. Roads are okay, but I wouldn’t say pretty. The suburban areas of Chicago are expansive and nice to look at.

Culture Historical and cultural sites and interactions with the locals. Score of 8. Politics, crime, social history – lots to hear about and different from a lot of the rest if the country.

Value Financial value – bang for your buck, so to speak. Score of 6. By as pricey as you would think, but not cheap either.

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