Well, I am back from Chicago. Met some great people and saw some great places (see 'You've got stuck in a moment' for some nice city pictures).
From the ones I took I learned two things: cityscapes are not my piece of cake (yet) and I have to save some money for a wide angle lens. During my several walks through the town, I also found a cool shop stuffed from floor to ceiling with photomaterial. I discovered the Manfrotto catalog and need ... to save even more :)
In the meantime this one, taken during the long waiting times in London Heathrow, will have to do!