Somewhere over the U.K at 20,000 feet
A Working Trip to Libertyville, Illinois, USA - 31st August-3rd September 2004
A busy work trip with chum Nick C from work to Motorola in Libertyville, near Chicago in the U.S. doesn't leave much time to wander around downtown Chicago, but gives a couple of hours here-and-there to look around Libertyville itself, a rather quaint Midwest town in the state of Illinois, 40 miles north of the Windy City. It also gives the chance to fulfil a number of American clichés: a diner, a school bus and a fire engine...
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The greater Chicago area
O'Hare Airport. It's just like flying around in Flightsim!
On the first morning, a State Trooper scopes out the grey rental car (well, maybe he was just doing paperwork)
Nick tests his laptop out in his room
On the edge of Mundelein, a quintessentially vernacular church
More scenes from around town
Classic US small-town houses
We take a trip down to Forest Park to see what amounts to a housing estate comprised entirely of mansions
Another unfeasibly-large house in Forest Park
The beach in Forest Park, on the edge of Lake Michigan
Nick stands around by Lake Michigan, which looks like a sea
A nosh-up at Mickey Finn's in Libertyville: a micro-brewery and eatery. The portions are so huge that we survive by splitting 3 starters between us for dinner.
Breakfast at Elly's Pancake Diner in Mundelein. Nick has a 4-egg-and-sausage-fest, Nosher eats a huge heap of pancakes with pecan nuts and maple syrup
The area contains several distinctive onion-shaped water towers
Walking into 1000 Technology Way, and one of the Motorola offices
Motorola's engineering offices consts of actual cube farms
Motorola's canteen is about the size of a small town
Nick and Joel roam around in the sun
The Ansell B. Cook home
Nick stands in front of Old Glory
Attractive small-town park
Libertyville 'Village Hall'
A fire truck rushes past
Another great U.S. icon: the small-town cinema
The outside seating area of Mickey Finn's, our port of call for food and beer
School bus, just like The Simpsons
One of our final ports of call is a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts outlet in Gurnee. The doughnut line is in full swing
Nick shows off his prize of 12 doughnuts
The gates are full on our return to Heathrow, so we disembark to a bus on the apron. Welcome back to the U.K.
A view of Paddington Station.