My time as a union steward for NABET was a very humbling experiences. I especially enjoyed my time traveling to different cities for conferences. There were many cities I enjoyed, such as Baltimore, Washington and Las Vegas. But there was no city I enjoyed more than the “Windy City”, Chicago.
My first visit to Chicago in 1984 during a trip to the west coast. I was 21 and it was my first time away from home. I arrived via bus and the moment I stepped off the bus, someone tried to confront me. I didn’t know if the man wanted directions or money. Finally, a cop came along, saw what was happening and broke up the melee.
Though visibly shaken, the incident didn’t damper my spirit. I enjoyed the city’s similarity to New York. My wife and I did a bunch of activities during our stay, including a trip to the Navy Pier, the city’s premier entertainment destination. We also took a boat tour up the Chicago River and into Lake Michigan.
The one thing I didn’t do while I was there was take in a show. The city of Rosemont, which boasts a convention center, a theatre and a sports arena, would have been a nice opportunity for us, if we had more time on our trip. Rosemont Theatre tickets
It’s too bad. Summer would have been a great time for us if I continued my union stewardship. But the memories will always last a lifetime!