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Chicago Comes to Manchester

Remember the Route 66 competition that the Chicago and Illinois Tourist Office announced about a week ago? If you haven’t entered yet, then hurry because the first part ends this weekend. The prize is a 3 day trip to Chicago for 2 people and a hire car so you can explore some of Route 66. The website to go to, in case you’ve forgotten is

Those people in Illinois, the state in which Chicago is, are working hard to persuade us to visit them. From the May bank holiday weekend for about a month, they will have taxis in Manchester emblazoned with their publicity. On a particular day each week, catch the right taxi, and your fare will be free. How do you know which day and which taxi? You don’t. It might be the same day each week but it needn’t be. It won’t be the same taxi so its no point taking the number plate. That’s as much as I could find out for you.

If you get to Chicago, you might be surprised to learn that it isn’t the state capital. That is Springfield and is where Barack Obama cut his teeth as a young politician. Last year in honor of the birth of their most famous resident, Abraham Lincoln, they began an annual celebration. This year it runs from June 15th until August 15th. Called the Living History programme, people dress up in the costume of the time and with music and storytelling, they make the history of the time come alive for visitors.

As everyone knows, Lincoln was the president at the time of the American Civil War. Next year is the 150th anniversary of when it started so you can expect lots more about it and the events that will be organized.

In the meantime, good luck in the Route 66 competition and let us know if you win.

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