October 21, 2012

Adios, Chicago

Remember when you wondered why this suddenly became a Chicago tourism blog, and you were glad when I stopped talking about it nonstop. Well, psych -- it's not over!

Side note: I'm on a mission with my brother to bring "psych" back from the dead. I think we're doing pretty great at it so far.

So I spent our last day in Chicago saying farewell to the city in the perfect way: with a run. Running in the Chicago streets is interesting because people seem completely nonchalant about runners zig-zagging among the walkers. In Alabama, running up behind someone without warning often results in a heart attack.

Before my run, I grabbed the only available breakfast, a stamp-sized muffin. This tiny Trump muffin was going to have to get me through 7.5 miles. Because I was still full from the gluttony the night before, I figured I would somehow survive another hour without the usual ten-course breakfast.


I ran out to the Lakefront trail and had to stop several times to absorb the magnificence of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline resting against the water. It kind of made me want to cry it was so beautiful and peaceful.


The only downside: I wore a hat in the windy city. Oh, right, they weren't just saying that. It is for real windy. The hat lasted about two blocks before it blew off my head ten times and I decided to shove it in my running tights and just keep trucking.

But worse than losing my hat in the wind -- imagine if this was your job on an especially windy day. Don't worry, hun, I'll just be dangling on a rickety crane 50 floors up with 60 mph winds. We voted this Worst Job Ever. 


While I was out cruising along Lakefront, I ran over to Navy Pier to check out the free stained glass museum


These were my two favorites. A Russian fairy tale. 



And MLK Jr. 


After the run and my button-sized breakfast, I was ready for some serious grub. We saved Chicago dogs for our last day. Everyone we talked to recommended Portillo's, so we gladly accepted their advice.  






The hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches were good, but my favorite was the Polish dog. Not pictured because I ate it in three seconds. 

Then we made quick work of souvenir shopping. Does chocolate count as a souvenir? I'm pretty sure our family accepts it as such. 


More Belgian chocolate from Leonidas.



Bacon dark chocolate from Vosges was surprisingly delicious.



And that's it. I swear I won't make you listen to any more tales of my love and adoration for this vacation and Chicago. (Except to say that I loved every bit of it so much that I want to squeeze it in a really tight hug and never let go.) Instead it's back to hocking runner loogies and rear end sweat. 

17 comments:

  1. Thank GOD you went to Portillos! I would've been really mad at you if you didnt' :) Yes, the lakefront views are not to be believed. It's the most beautiful city in the world; well, to me anyway! So glad you got to enjoy a bit of it.

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    1. It's crazy beautiful! To me it's a perfect mix of city and recreation in one spot.

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  2. I loved hearing about your trip! It makes me want to go back and visit again! Bacon dark chocolate..hmmmmm, lol. Glad you got your run on too while you were there. Would you and the hubby ever consider moving there or would just know it's a great place to visit again? Safe travels back home!

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    1. I would consider living there, but I went before the cold set in. So that would be a huge deterrent. I like to see snow about once a year.:)

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful trip. The stained glass is beautiful
    And I can't believe the bacon dark chocolate was "surprisingly" delicious. I would think that's a given! :D

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    1. Bacon is like sugar in the South. Add it to anything to make it taste better. We even have a jar of preserved bacon grease on our counter. So, you're right--how did I ever doubt it!

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  4. I LOVE stained glass , I'm so excited you do to!! That Russian fairy tale is spectacular! I've very much enjoyed your Chicago Travel Blog interlude....I really want to go there now!!

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    1. I even took a stained glass class one time. I was not genius with it, but it was still so much fun to be around all the colorful glass and dream of patterns. Have you taken a class yet? You would love it!

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  5. You could keep writing about Chicago and I'd keep reading - I love your tales!

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  6. OOOOHHHHH..You just had to go to Portillos. We are Chicago suburb transplants and for the last 8 years, I have yearned for Portillos. It IS that good! (and you only touched part of the menu...The salads are awesome!)

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  7. Ah, Chicago! My hometown. Portillo's has some great Vienna Beef Hotdogs, for sure! Glad to see you had the sport peppers on them too! And the best thing about Chi-town is Italian Beef! I Miss it. Every. Day. Great Trip Report!

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    1. I miss it too, and I was only there for a few days! Can't imagine if it were actually my hometown how torn up I would be.

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  8. Dude at the bus stop in front of Portillo's was not trying to get his picture taken for sure! I have never been to Chicago but it was fun doing so vicariously through you!

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  9. Sounds like an amazing trip. I have never been to Chicago. Would love to go. The food looks YUMMY!! My husband is the chocolate fan in our house and has actually made chocolate covered bacon. It is that strange, but good salty/sweet taste. You kind of feel like you should not like it, but you do. LOL!!

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  10. sounds like a great trip! i love chicago-i’ve always said if i could pick the whole city up and put it where atlanta is, it would be perfect. i just don’t think i could handle the cold!

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