Our first stop was Navy Pier, Chicago’s playground. Here you have a number of restaurants, games, fun rides, and the shoreline of Lake Michigan. There is also a trolley that takes you to and from downtown Chicago to Navy Pier free of charge and this runs every half an hour. We explored the city and shopped at the Water Tower, a huge shopping mall. At 5pm, our group met at the Embassy Suites Lakefront, checked in, freshened up, and went to the north side of Chicago for dinner. Read dining entry for our superb restaurant. After dinner, a colleague and myself attended the Lion King production at the Palace Theatre. That was really outstanding. The best production I have ever seen and the costume were brilliant. The next day we decided to book and river and lake cruise. The cruise boat company we used was Waterbend Cruises and they can be booked at the information desk at the hotel. The trip was an hour and a half and the tour guide explained to us the history of Chicago. Excellent value for just $16. After that, we shopped a little and then we had to check out at 3pm. From there, we went to Sears Tower, the third tallest building in the world (113 floors).