My first trip to Chicago was fantastic – spending time with my family, soaking up the vibe of such a huge city, and being able to watch my brother graduate from naval boot camp were all great experiences.
I had never taken a food tour before, but I highly recommend it as a way to discover “off the beaten path” neighborhoods and restaurants. Our particular tour took us through the Wicker Park/Bucktown area of Chicago, where we sampled six local restaurants (among other things, I had my first Chicago-style hot dog and an amazing homemade hot chocolate). Other highlights included: fabulous shopping on the Magnificent Mile, Giordano’s pizza, and the requisite tourist visits of the Navy Pier, Garrett’s Popcorn, the Hancock Building, Millenium Park, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Greektown. We also caught a glimpse of the Memorial Day Parade.
I hope that most of you are lucky enough to have a long weekend away from work and time to reflect on the true meaning of this holiday. Thanks to my parents for allowing us the opportunity to experience a new city, and congratulations to my brother for his hard work and starting a new life in the US Navy.
Stuffed Pepperoni & Sausage pizza at Giordano’s
Previous site of Veteran’s Center; now someone’s front yard
Completely custom made ice cream at iCream cafe