I fell in love again
All things go, all things go
Drove to Chicago
All things know, all things know
Oh, Chicago. This was only my third visit, but each time, I’ve fallen a little more in love. It’s a fun change from D.C. with skyscrapers all around. Though our stop here left us wanting more, we were able to pack some great stuff in on our MLB stadium tour.
Greektown & Greek Islands Restaurant
We couldn’t go to Chicago without going to Greektown! We tried out Greek Islands, which was a lot of fun. They actually import a lot of their spices, olive oil, and fish from Greece. We definitely felt transported conversing with the Greek wait staff and eating dishes like tzatziki and shrimp saganaki.
Running on Lakefront Trail
It can be hard, but we tried our best to keep up a running routine on vacation. In Chicago, we went on a foggy waterfront run down Lakefront Trail. A good number of people were out and the view was lovely.
The White Sox & U.S. Cellular Field
U.S. Cellular Field has more of an urban feel. The transportation is easy, with an “El” station right across the way. There is nice greenery draped on the walls in different places and the White Sox colors, black and white, are sharp.
As in Milwaukee, there were quite a few kids summer camps in attendance. Perhaps due to this fact, the volume level was really high whenever the jumbotron prompted the crowd to “get loud.” Families enjoyed the kids play area at the top of the stadium as well. Unfortunately, Chris and I weren’t allowed to check it out since we were without kids.
A few other highlights included eating a delicious polish sausage and seeing the fireworks go off with a White Sox home run – still cool even during the day! I also noticed that the White Sox were on it with their musical interludes. Songs were always pumping and the choices were really funny at times. My favorite one was Icona Pop’s “I don’t care, I love it” lyrics blasting after the White Sox won the game.
The Bean, Crown Fountain, & the Riverwalk
The White Sox game was a quick one, so we had time to go downtown to Millennium Park to check out some of the tourist attractions. We were fascinated by the Crown Fountain display, which includes sculptural video towers with a reflecting pool in between.
Finally, we took a long walk along the Riverwalk, which was recently reopened after a new section was completed. As a sidenote, between our morning run, walking around the stadium, walking downtown, and walking around dinner that evening, I actually logged the most steps on my Fitbit than I’ve ever logged! Over 26,000. There were so many fun restaurants along our walk and the cool, sunny weather was just ideal for a stroll. One that stood out to me in particular was City Winery. It was filled with glamorous young professionals who looked like they were having the time of their lives!
Hi-Vibe Superfood Juicery
Our walk led us to Hi-Vibe, a great spot to quench our thirst. Chris tried the Bulletproof Coffee, a concoction I’ve been curious to check out. If you haven’t heard of it, it is toxin-free coffee blended with grass-fed butter and Brain Octane MCT oil – and is strangely supposed to have incredible health benefits. I thought it tasted good, though did have a strange fatty aftertaste from the butter.
Rickshaw Republic in Lincoln Park
Our second night in Chicago, we had a lot of fun visiting and staying with our friends Grant and Claire, who live in Lincoln Park. They took us to an Indonesian restaurant, Rickshaw Republic, in their neighborhood. I’d never had Indonesian before, but it was so delicious.
My favorite dish was the Beef Rendang, caramelized beef curry braised over three hours with more than twenty aromatic spices. I also loved the coconut rice! Rickshaw Republic is a BYOB restaurant, so we brought along some Sauvignon Blanc and beer to pair with the meal. I wish there were more BYOB places at home!
I almost forgot about Garrett Popcorn when we were in Chicago! Luckily, it came up in conversation during our last night, so I frantically logged onto their website and was excited to see that there is a location at O’Hare Airport.
I had the opportunity to try Garrett Popcorn a year or so ago at work when our Chicago team sent us some as a random gift. I love the CheeseCorn the best, but ordered their classic mix of CheeseCorn and Caramel Crisp so Chris could enjoy the full experience; it was the perfect choice since he is more of a caramel fan! This popcorn is seriously like crack.
Chicago has everything I love in a city. Lots of character, water, baseball (two teams!), and a solid transportation system – although I am still mourning the loss of my beloved sunglasses, which were knocked off of my head when I exited an “El” car to fall in between the train and the platform. If we were ever forced to uproot and live in a different city, I know Chicago would be near the top of our list!
You came to take us
All things go, all things go
To recreate us
All things grow, all things grow