This was our last day before we had to fly back to Philly, so we wanted to make it count. We got up bright and early, had breakfast at the hotel and walked over to Millennium Park to see The Bean! It was even bigger and more impressive that I could have imagined. It was also a beautiful day in the city, so you could see all of the buildings and clouds reflecting off of it. We took a ton of pics and then walked around the park for a bit.
Geof and I at The Bean
Millennium Park and the "Face" Fountains
From the park, we caught a cab down to Hot Doug’s in the Chicago suburbs. This is a place I’ve heard many good things about and I loved the name, so we had to go. I knew it had to be good as soon as the cab pulled up because there was a line down the block. The food was worth the wait and it was the best dog I’ve ever eaten.
We headed back downtown to Navy Pier. I was freezing (and a little cranky) by this point. Geof was my hero because he got me a hoodie right away from one of the souvenir shops to solve all of my problems (except for the fact that I didn’t bring sneakers or a coat…I’m an idiot). When they call Chicago “The Windy City”, they weren’t joking and I’ll know better next time. The pier was having an Octoberfest event that we checked out and then we just walked down the pier to take in the sights on a gorgeous afternoon. We settled on Margaritaville for some drinks and then started back for our hotel.
Us at Navy Pier
We got ready and headed went to Lou Malnati’s for dinner so I could have my first taste of a Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. It was everything I expected and more. From dinner, we walked down by Millennium Park and checked out a local pub for some drinks to end the night. I was so glad Amy & Chad were able to meet us and we had an awesome weekend together.
Chicago is a beautiful city with really nice people. I couldn’t believe how friendly everyone was for it being a major metropolitan area. I think I’ve become a little jaded by the Northeast and expect others to behave the same. It was a pleasant surprise and I look forward to visiting again someday!