When we come up to Illinois, we've almost never come thru Midway Airport. From our lil' place in St Charles, O'Hare seems so much easier and faster to get into and out of. But when we booked this most recent trip only a couple weeks in advance, the airfares into O'Hare were outrageous, so saved a couple hundred dollars flying Southwest into Midway. The trip up was delightful - actual snacks handed out on the plane, friendly staff and a very congenial atmosphere. There was a feeling that I might actually learn the way to the airport!
Well the 2 hours turned into 3, the fine dining turned out to be McDonald's, then when the plane did arrive, evidently, the crew had worked enough they couldn't make the leg to Tucson, and walked off the plane without even telling the gate crew - flight cancelled! Of course there wasn't another flight that night, and by the time I got to a woman w/a computer, the next day's trips would have been on standby, so the first guaranteed seats were for Wednesday, another day and a half in paradise!
But here we were at 11:30pm, 45 miles from our house, 30 hours from our flight and no luggage! The ideal situation would be to get a rental car we could drive to our house the next 2 nights and return at the airport. We took the shuttle to the off-site car rental places - no one had cars! Something about the Chicago Blackhawks and the Stanley Cup and no rental cars. We called the limo company that had delivered us home 10 days before - no luck. We called 3 cab companies that provide rides to the western suburbs (that's us) - no one available. Finally the 4th said they could do it and picked us up at 12:30 for the hour drive to our car. Our driver was a character, which made for an entertaining ride, and an hour later (and $100), we were delivered to our friend in the darkness, our lil' Toyota. Fifteen minutes later we walked into the house we had closed up 10 hours earlier, made the bed and crawled into it by 3am. We've already texted our cab driver to provide a 5:30 am pickup tomorrow and we'll try it again. And while we've found the best plans can be waylaid by weather, Southwest had already lost some it's shine for us. We'll see if we get back safely tomorrow, and evaluate our options in the future.
In the meantime, yesterday's rain cleared the air and today we've got blue skies and a high temp of 74F! Truly one more day in paradise before a return to Tucson's 105F!
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