Personal: Chicago

You guys. This gal (aka tourist) feel in love with Chicago last month. At least Chicago in the summer. I hear winter is a little brutal. But June + Chicago + Me = LOVE

So the hubs had a business trip and I tagged along and worked from a cozy hotel room with a view. I'm not sure what my favorite part was...It could have been the amazing scenes along the canal. It could have also been the yummy food. It could have also been the fact that you can go to the beach, then to dinner followed by an evening at the ballet or symphony and never leave the central part of the city. I mean...kind of unreal. If you ever get the privilege of visiting this city I'd highly recommend a few things.  

  1. Walk as much as humanly possible. The buildings you'll pass are worth the look. 
  2. On that note, take an architectural boat tour with Chicago's First Lady
  3. Eat a Chicago-style hot dog. Maybe hot dogs aren't the best thing to consume but this was my favorite hot dog I've ever had. I'm big on pickled things and little pickled peppers...yum!
  4. Try all the doughnuts. Because that's what I do when I visit a city. And go early because they sell out quickly!
  5. Take a stroll along the waterfront. 
  6. GO TO THE ART INSTITUTE. (That will be a separate post entirely.) And plan to be there for hours. 

Ok...so hear are some of the things I saw... 

Rule follower. 

Rule follower. 

Can you tell I was a bit obsessed with this boat and the water? 

Can you tell I was a bit obsessed with this boat and the water? 

took this guy through a chain link fence...

took this guy through a chain link fence...

Met an old Knoxville neighbor for a little guitar listening brought to us by Mr. Bucky Pizzarelli. 

Met an old Knoxville neighbor for a little guitar listening brought to us by Mr. Bucky Pizzarelli. 

Ok, so from here on out I'm sharing some iPhone photos which I don't normally do but you don't always want to lug your Canon around a big city. 

You may remember this  lovely lady ...she and her hubs live in Chicago and it was so fun catching up!!

You may remember this lovely lady...she and her hubs live in Chicago and it was so fun catching up!!

Our new neighbors told us we had to eat at Rick Bayless'  Xoco . I'd agree. 

Our new neighbors told us we had to eat at Rick Bayless' Xoco. I'd agree. 

My date night at Eataly while the hubs had a work dinner...fried risotto balls for dinner and my dream fridge. 

My date night at Eataly while the hubs had a work dinner...fried risotto balls for dinner and my dream fridge. 

So...I wasn't the biggest fan of deep dish but you can't go and not try it!  Pizano's  was our choice. 

So...I wasn't the biggest fan of deep dish but you can't go and not try it! Pizano's was our choice. 

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