Chicago Part I
BT and I went to Chicago for a long weekend to visit friends and celebrate my birthday. It was my first time to the city, and I might have bitten off more than I could chew but I loved every minute.
Day 1, Thursday May 19: The very first stop was Rick Bayless’s restaurant, Frontera. I’m a big fan of his and the restaurant did not disappoint. We got in line at 4:30 and were seated at 5:30 and proceeded to stuff our faces with everything we could get and it was all delicious. I am going to have to try some of the sauces from his cookbooks if they are as good as the restaurant’s.
Then shopping on the Magnificent Mile.
Day 2: Fabulous lunch at Longman & Eagle, out on the sidewalk on a beautiful day. Took the train downtown and went to the Sears Tower Skydeck, on the 103rd floor. I am really scared of heights, but I was determined to go out in the Plexiglas boxes on the side of the building. It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be.
Then to the Art Institute. I could have spent days in there. We did a whirlwind tour of the things we most wanted to see, including American Gothic and Nighthawks. Seurat’s Grand Jatte took me by surprise– I had no idea it was that big! Holy cow! I’ve seen it 1,000 times in pictures but I never knew!
And ate dinner at Urban Belly–So good! Wrinkle beans, and the most complex aromatic vegetarian and non-vegetarian broth with noodles… hard to describe. But so good. And Chicago beer. They brew some amazing beer in that town.