I was on the CZ the other day from Sacramento to Chicago.
It was a big mess from beginning to end. That train seemed doomed to be late. First we were delayed in the Rockies due to a freight train. I didn't have much of a complaint there as the area was simply beautiful.
Then a woman needed to be taken off of the train due to a "seizure". Our SCA seemed to think it was drugs.
The final nail in the coffin was when we had "signaling problems" just outside of Chicago. We were moving along at 20 MPH for well over an hour
For good or for bad, sounds like many of my Amtrak trips. Seems your train got into a state that I jokingly call "loco non grata". Once you are late, the train just gets later and later. Julie might claim you might make up the time, but in reality, the train rarely travels at warp 9.97.
I never go on a train trip without having backup plans in place... if I we're 1 hour late, 2 hours late, 3 hours late, and so on.
Turns out it was a bad thing. Chicago was super crowded down on the lakefront. It was super stressful. The good news, I had my bicycle and I was quickly able to get away from the crowds out on the lake front. It was beautiful and relaxing out there but sadly I still needed to deal with the overwhelming crowds and traffic to grab a bite to eat and get to an from the lake.
While I understand you were already in a poor mood, but Amtrak isn't responsible for how crowed it was at the lakefront and at local eateries, nor for the typical Chicago street traffic.
Edited by Cho Cho Charlie, 10 July 2018 - 04:30 PM.