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.
Chicago 2011

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!
Chicago 2011

We walked through Milennium Park and saw The Bean.
Chicago 2011

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.

1 Comment

  1. Cheryl in Austin

    October 29, 2011 at 8:17 am

    would those steps with words by a work of Jenny Holzer?

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