Getting to Chicago: Taxi Fails & Missing Buses
I have been to Chicago before for a matter of about 24 hours. It was a trip to see my little brother finish the Navy Basic Training which was exhausting but worth it. I even got to meet some of the BFs high school friends that currently live there.
Chicago was the first place that made me fall in love with the idea of living in a big city. We walked to dinner, then a few blocks later we headed to a pretty awesome bar. All of this was within walking distance from the BFs friends apartment.
I was amazed. And I knew that I wanted to come back to Chicago! Lucky me I am now a 3 hour bus ride from the city and got to head up there last week for a 1 Day conference.
To start off this post have even of you ever taken a MegaBus ride? I suggest it if you ever don't feel like driving to a large city that has public transit that you can use. Also they say there is WiFi but on my 3 hour trip there was none, so keep that in mind.
But on to the real story, lets start from the beginning ....
I had a megabus ticket for Tuesday at 10:45am. Meaning I needed to get downtown by 10:30am for the bus. Luck would have it this trip is the first time for quite a few things.
9:30am called to arrange a pickup and thought all was set up. Taxi should be here within 35-40 minutes is what I was told.
10- I went to sit in front of the museum to wait.
10:10- No Taxi still, I called and asked where it was , it should be on its way I was told.
10:20-Called again, still was told it was on its way.
10:30-Called and was told 'No taxi is on its way'. Excuse me & WTF were two thoughts running through my mind. So I asked to speak to a manager, she was extremely nice, but still nothing came out of the talk, except that I should have informed them I needed to go to the bus station then they would have rushed. Didn't know that taxis had priorities on their list for pickups.
At this point I was upset that this trip was off to a horrible start. And I was out another $18 for a bus trip to Chicago.
I was determined to make it to the next bus. It left at 2:15pm and I made sure that I would be there.
I decided to take the bus, even though Indy has one of the worst public transit systems. After figuring out that a bus would run right by the museum at 12:14pm and would take me 3 blocks from where I needed to be I headed over to the bus stop. Unfortunately there was a 3 foot pile of snow blocking the bus stop and I was out there early to make sure I didn't miss it.
In the end I made it downtown with enough time to head to Starbucks and find the pickup spot for the Megabus.
I made it to Chicago even after missing my first bus, a horrible taxi experience and my first public transit experience in Indy. So overall it worked out....
Come back to hear about my 25 hour trip in Chicago including to much to drink, getting lost and finding the Bean and a 6 story mall... That will all be tomorrow!