22 hours after I landed, United finally delivered my luggage to my house. While I barely made my connection in Chicago (running down the terminal), my luggage unfortunately did not.
As much as people like to yell and blame the airlines, I did not after seeing the horrible weather conditions at Chicago O'Hare airport. Kudos to the baggage handlers standing out in the -2 degree (with a -20 windchill) working hard so that our luggage gets to whatever nice place we are vacationing to. Kudos also to the poor people working the missing baggage booth. I never understand why people yell at them; it's not like these people actually lost your luggage.
Moral of the story (and my public service announcement for the day): Pack a carry-on with an extra set of clothes, underwear, and toiletries. Even if you don't feel like lugging another bag around the airport, you never know where you might be stranded or how long your luggage will take to get back to you. Oh, and don't book connections through Chicago during the winter.