We are headed to Chicago for a week via Mt Vernon. We stay at the Drury Inn to split the drive into two manageable 4-hour legs.
Katniss has graciously offered her house for us to stay in since she and the family are going out of town for a vacation with some extended family.
I didn't tell a lot of people we will be in town but I did tell a few. It's hard to see everyone and it's just easier to do our own thing with an occasional lunch or dinner with another adult.
financially, we really shouldn't be doing this trip. We are doing it so my mom can see her grandkids again, especially since I'm not sure we will make our annual Thanksgiving Day visit. But it will be good for the kids and for me.
If my mom could be a functional adult, we would have a better solution. She could sell her crapshack in Humboldt Park and buy a nicer home. Then we'd have a place to stay and could visit more often. But she is afraid of change and doesn't care that I will have to spend tons of money when she finally dies and I have to deal with her hoarder issues.