Day three: Boston, Chicago and Vegas in a day

C&IT heads to the US for the Boston & Chicago fam trip and Imex America with Fairmont, Virgin Atlantic and Allied PRA…


At 6am we depart for a short flight to Chicago, where we are met by Allied PRA’s John. The transfer into town can take up to two hours in rush hour but thankfully our journey is far shorter and we learn a little about the history of Chicago on the way – including the fact it was completely rebuilt following a fire in the 1800s. First stop is the Chicago Cut Steakhouse for mid-morning coffee and pastries. From here, we head to Swissôtel Chicago, which is connected to other hotels in area connected by a series of underground tunnels, for warm apple cocktails.
We take a tour of the hotel, which includes great views of city and Lake Michigan from the 43rd floor, before walking to the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park for a site tour and lunch.
This is followed by a fabulous Segway tour of Chicago – the perfect way to explore the heart of the city in a couple of hours. Highlights include photogenic views of the skyscrapers against the clear blue sky, and riding past historic buildings such as the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium. Time for a quick drink before our second flight to the third city of the day.
We’ve been up around 20 hours but Vegas, lit up like a Christmas bauble, still makes an exciting first impression. The transfer to the Palazzo, where our group will stay during Imex America 2012, is short, and soon we’re checking in.