This was my first journey to the Windy City. The goal was to eat, walk and shop my way through Chicago. For the record, I did not shop much, but I certainly walked and ate my way through it. Who wants to try on clothes when your underwear band is rolling down because your belly is so full?
Chicago in my mind is similar to New York City except that it is less crowded, there is more space and quite frankly, it is in the Midwest, a new element compared to the Northeast.
Look it even has its own wanna be Times Square statue
During my trip I texted my step-mother and said, "I could live here" her reply, "you would not survive one brutal Chicago winter." I balked, but she was right, and I have proof, I showed up in Chicago with no jacket, acting like everyday is a Florida day. Let's face it Chicago has freaky weather. When we arrived it was drizzly rain and the temps were cool. The next day, it was 85 degrees, sunny and we were looking for shade spots to stand in during our long walks. The following day, it was COLD and WINDY-what's up with that?
There were memorable experiences while traveling. The first one was meeting one of my favorite bloggers, as she would say in the "flesh and blood." I met Lin the author of the blog www.absenceofalternatives.com. She was just as amazing in person as she is in my virtual blogging community.
We drank these.....
And ate these.......
We actually ate more than this but just wanted to give you the feel. It was a great first evening. I felt like I knew Lin for a long time, and in a way I did. The virtual world has a way of providing the detail and over time tells the story.
Another memorable experience, we scored reservations at The Aviary www.theaviary.com, if you have been following this blog, you know the cocktails reign supreme at our house. All I can say about the experience is "Oh My God!" The cocktails were a blend of science, art, and design. It's difficult to describe, it just has to be experienced.
It was weird taking photos in a place like this-almost disrespectful. Forgive the quality, these were quick snaps before they could see me.
Of course we enjoyed the Chicago Hot dog
We learned our manners
And we enjoyed this...
I know when a blog post is getting too long. I will stop here. Let me say it was an amazing experience. Food and food culture rock my world. Chicago you rock!