It’s been a crazy summer so far. I’ve been working on a commercial photography project (which has been lots of fun) but, has kept me from the blog a little longer than I like. Since it’s been so busy, Tim and I decided we needed a break from day to day life. We elected to have our quality Mr. & Mrs. time in Chicago, IL. The windy city was on both of our lists of places we wanted to visit. So, several US Airways dividend miles and Starwood rewards points later, we were on our way!
We stayed at the W Lakeshore Chicago which was a fabulous hotel. Their motto is “Whatever, Whenever” and that theme pretty much stuck with us for the whole weekend.
Downtown Chicago was a very art friendly community. There were sculptures, fountains, free amphitheaters, and museums everywhere. We walked up and down Michigan Avenue the first night and got our bearings.
After all that walking, we ended up at a fantastic wine bar oENOlogy in the Chicago Intercontinental. Fantastic wine, cheese, chocolate and most importantly ambiance! It was a great way to end our first day.
The next day we opted to spend the afternoon at the Field Museum and after all that walking decided on Chicago style pizza for dinner. The concierge gave a fantastic recommendation to Gino’s East. It was hopping and the pizza was divine! They have guests write all over the walls, chairs, tables… pretty much everywhere. It was great urban art.
After dinner we headed up to the John Hancock tower for some yummy cocktails and beautiful sunset views of the city. I think the elevation made Tim a little uncomfortable…it was really, really high!
Oh…and guess where the best views of the city were? The bar you say…maybe the restaurant…NOPE, none of the above. This place reserved the best view for the ladies restroom! SERIOUSLY.
Our final day started with an architectural tour of the windy city via the river. It was interesting to learn more about the beautiful buildings and their history.
Of course no trip to Chicago would be complete without a visit to Wrigley Field to experience some pure bona fide Americana. It’s no secret that Tim and I are not big sports fans, but the people were so nice, the beer was cold, the cubbies were playing their rivals, and we got to sing “Take me out to the Ball Game” with the other fans. All-in-all a great experience (even though the Cubs didn’t win this one).
And you certainly cannot go to the ballpark without getting a super yummy Chicago dog, celery salt and all!!
More details from the trip are here in this slideshow. I hope you enjoy Mr. Rufus Wainwright. He’s quite a character. Tim and I both give our offical seal of approval to the city of Chicago. I’m sure we’ll be back!