Chicago 2020 (While You Were Sleeping)

In high school, my favourite movie was While You Were Sleeping, and Sandra Bullock has always been one of my favourite actresses. The film is still a must-see every Christmas Eve. Cuando estaba en el instituto, mi película favorita era Mientras dormías. Sandra Bullock siempre ha sido una de mis actrices preferidas. Siempre veo la película cada Nochebuena. 

My boyfriend and I had tickets to see Phantom of the Opera at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in downtown Chicago, and I convinced him to make a few stops along the way to visit a few filming places. Mi chico y yo tenía entradas para ver Fantasma de la Opera en el Teatro Cadillac Palace en el centro de Chicago, y le convincé hacer unas paradas por el camino para visitar a unos sitios donde rodearon. 

The house that served as the Callaghan’s home is located in La Grange, a suburb of Chicago. The apartment complex that served as Lucy’s apartment building is in the outskirts of Chicago on Logan Boulevard. We ate at a horrible burger joint nearby the complex. Logan Boulevard is still popular with film crews, as they were posting notices that Chicago Fire would be filming there soon. La casa que sirvó como la casa de los Callaghan está ubicado en La Grange, un suburbio de Chicago. El bloque de pisos que sirvió como el de Lucy está en las periferias de Chicago en Logan Boulevard. Comemos en la peor hamburguesería cerca del edificio. Logan Boulevard todavía es popular para rodear como estaban poniendo avisos que iban a rodear Chicago Fire allí pronto. 

We checked into the hotel, somehow surviving traffic, and killed time before the show. Fuimos al hotel para hacer tiempo antes del espectáculo. No sé como sobrevivimos el tráfico.

As a long-time Phantom diehard to the point I named a pet cat “Phantom”, I must say the changes they have made to the tour version have destroyed some of the magic of the show. My boyfriend, who had never seen it, was still impressed, but come on. “Masquerade” without the staircase is not “Masquerade”! Como un friki de El Fantasma de la Opera (tenía un gato quien se llamaba “Phantom”), he de decir que no me gustan nada los cambios que hicieron. A mi chico, quien nunca lo había visto, le gustaba mucho, pero venga. ¡”Masquerade” sin la escalera no es “Masquerade”!

Friday morning, we got up to explore the University of Chicago campus. The buildings are beautiful and historic. Afterwards, we went to Café Ibérico for the customary patatas bravas and paella (and my relaxing café con leche). Every trip to Chicago includes a trip to this restaurant. El viernes por la mañana, fuimos a explorar la Universidad de Chicago. Los edificios son bonitos y históricos. Después, como hacemos en cualquier viaje a la “Segunda Ciudad”, comemos patatas bravas y paella en el Café Ibérico. Desde luego, me tomé un relaxing café con leche. 

It wasn’t the best Chicago visit ever, and the grey skies over the lifeless Lake Michigan represented perfectly my current mood. However, any trip is always better than no trip at all. Para ser sincero, no era el mejor viaje a Chicago. Los cielos grises sobre el apagado Lago Michigan representaban mi humor actual. Sin embargo, cualquier viaje siempre es mejor que no viajar. 

2 thoughts on “Chicago 2020 (While You Were Sleeping)

  1. I watched this movie about a hundred times when I was in college (in a Chicago suburb, so it felt local). Hadn’t thought about it in a long time. Thanks for the great nostalgia!

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