Friday, January 25, 2013

Loved Windy City!

To say I loved our trip to Chicago would be an understatement!  Even though it was chilly, windy and my nose may have gotten a little frost bitten, we had a blast exploring the city and checking out all of the top tourist attractions.
1. Second City Comedy Club is where starts like Tina Fey, Bill Murray and John Belushi got their start.  I'm not typically a laugh out loud kinda girl when it comes to shows or movies, but this group had me laughing like a school girl!  We caught the 8:00 show, "Who do we think we are?" and I recommend it to everyone.
2. We started our trip with a pre-dinner cocktail at the Signature Room at the John Hancock center.  After a quick ride to the 95th floor we took in outstanding views of the city.  The drinks were a little pricey, but it was still less expensive than paying to go to the observation deck.
3. I'm an Oprah fan and she has featured Garrett's popcorn a time or two on her show, so I had to try it.  I sampled the Chicago mix, half cheddar cheese and half caramel.  It was the perfect afternoon snack during our sight-seeing adventure.

4. This is Navy Pier.  I bet this area is hoppin' during the warmer months, but it was a little dead in the middle of January.  This is a must see when we return one summer to catch a Cubs game.

5. We decided the best way to see everything we wanted to see in a few days was to hop on a trolley tour.  Oh yeah, and the hat was my one and only purchase this was a little colder than this southern girl was prepared for!

6.  Deep dish pizza is a must on any chi-town must do list.  We tried out Gino's East.  I'm glad we did plenty of walking during this trip, because between hot dogs, pizza and popcorn, my jeans were a little tight.
7. Bulls vs. Grizzlies game!  This game was a nail biter, and went into overtime before the Grizz WON!  It was so much fun to see a game in such an iconic arena. 
8.  This was the highlight of my entire trip, RPM restaurant.  Everything was served tapas style and I think I could have tried everything on the menu.  Each dish we ordered, from lobster and mozzarella caprice to Mama Depandi's pasta, was better than the last.  I don't even like ricotta cheese, but the appetizer we had with ricotta and fresh bread was divine!  This had to be one of the best meals I've ever had :)
9.  Sears tower (now Willis Tower) was an architectural spectacle.  Before we got there, I swore I would not go out on the ledge, but once we were there, I couldn't resist.  Let's just say I didn't look down or inspect it too closely before hopping over to the edge to take a pic. 

10.  Have you seen a real dinosaur skeleton?!? I have!  I may not be a history buff, but visiting the Field Museum was awe inspiring.  You would probably need a week to explore the entire museum, but the little that we did see was quite impressive.

11. I will leave you with a few fun pics of "The Bean" aka Cloud Gate.  The city was filled with artistic sculptures and pieces, but the bean was incredible.  Every angle gave a different distortion and background.  It was a mecca of locals and tourists, and such a fun afternoon treat!

If you made it to the end, thanks for bearing with me!
See ya soon CHICAGO!

1 comment:

  1. Aw. I'm so glad you got a taste of Chicago. I think Nashville needs a Gino's East or Garrett's popcorn too!! :) I think it's funny to hear a Nashvillian visit Chicago, when I'm from Chicago and now live in Nashville. :)