Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekend in Chicago - Day 1

This past weekend I went to Chicago.  It was my first time in Chicago and I quickly learned why it is called "the windy city."  The wind was crazy and the temperature was cold but that didn't stop us from having a great time.  A friend from college lives in Chicago and he was a wonderful tour guide.  We managed to do a lot in 3 days and I have a lot of pictures so I going to recap each day in a separate post.

I arrived in Chicago on Friday just in time for lunch.  Of course I had to try some famous deep dish pizza!  We went straight to Gino's East and waited in line with the rest of the tourists!  The pizza did not disappoint.  It was very good and VERY filling.  I ate two pieces and was stuffed.  The atmosphere in Gino's was really cool and I recommend visiting there if you ever have a chance.  I'm glad I had the chance to try some "original" deep dish pizza and I did enjoy it but I still prefer "regular" pizza!

After lunch we went to Millennium Park to see the famous Cloud Gate aka "the bean" as most refer to it.  Of course I had to see "the bean" since I'm Jodi Bean!  We were fortunate to see the sun during this part of the day and while it was cold it wasn't as cold as the rest of the weekend!

We both commented on how any city can build any kind of random statue and people from all over will come and take pictures.  It is pretty funny when you think about it.  I will say that "the bean" is really cool.  It reflects the city skyline which looks really neat.  It is a must see if you ever visit Chicago. 

You can actually walk under "the bean" and take cheesy pictures like this. . . oh look I'm holding up "the bean" ha ha!  When you stand under it and look up you see the view that is in the bottom left picture.  It looks really cool.  Millennium Park has other things to but we mainly checked out "the bean."

After visiting "the bean" we walked over to the river for an architecture cruise.  This is a very popular thing to do while visiting Chicago and the view from the water is excellent.  Mark found 1/2 price tickets the day before on Groupon!  That was very lucky.  So we did our tour with Wendella but there are several to choose from.

Soon after the tour started the sun disappeared behind the clouds and the temperature felt like it dropped 10 degrees!  It was cold!  I really enjoyed seeing all of the buildings and hearing about them from the tour guide.  It was really interesting.  Toward the end it got too cold and we had to go inside but other than that I would recommend this. 

After all of our sightseeing we took a break to relax some before a night out!  We went to dinner at  Mercadito which is a Mexican restaurant.  This is not your typically hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint.  It is a trendy and upscale version!  They serve a lot of small plate meals which was great b/c we were both still pretty full from lunch.  And of course we sampled some delicious margaritas.

After dinner we went for drinks as Curio which is the downstairs bar at Gilt Bar.  It was a really chill atmosphere and I liked it a lot.  I had a Pimm's which reminded me of being in England about this time last year.  If you are looking for a laid back place to hang out and have a delicious drink made by a mixologist I recommend this place.

If you are looking for a more wild time I would recommend our next stop Moe's Cantina!  We met up with Mark's sister and friend for a drink and this place is huge with plenty of dancing.  We didn't stay too long b/c by this time I was getting tired from our long day of sightseeing.  But Mark's sister gives this place 2 thumbs up as I've heard it is her "favorite bar!"

So this was Day 1 in Chicago.  As you can see we accomplished a lot!  Stay tune for Day 2 tomorrow!


  1. Looks amazing! It's so true-- people will come visit and take pictures of anything weird. Lol. I'm one of them too since I want my picture with the bean!!! Hahaha.

  2. YUM! That photo of the pizza looks amazing! :O
    Also, the pictures of the Bean are awesome, the reflections confused me for a minute! LOL!