Went to Chicago kid free!
Since we went to California for Josh’s birthday, I thought, “Hey, I want to go somewhere for my 30th!” So last weekend we headed down to Chicagoland for the long weekend.
We stayed at our neighbors’ condo that they still own in the Lakeview East neighborhood. This was the view of Lincoln Park, Near North and The Loop from the rooftop deck.
We arrived into Midway on Thursday. While the flight was a short hour, it took about the same amount of time to take the train across town to the condo. We spent the afternoon in the neighborhood and at Lincoln Park relaxing and enjoying the view.
We had dinner at a Diners Drive-ins and Dives restaurant just a couple blocks away at Chilam Balam. They served Mexican Tapas small plates and it was fantastic.
Friday was a full day. First, we took a deep-dish pizza making class at Pizzeria Uno. They were the original creators of the deep dish pizza. They teach the class before the shop opens, so nothing like pizza and beer at 10am!
Since neither of us have spent any time in Chicago, stopping at Navy Pier was a must. Our general rule is to only hit up tourist locations the first time we visit a place. Plus, it was the perfect place to find a magnet for our collection.
We didn’t stay long. I bought tickets to David Bowie Is, an exhibit produced by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, with items from David Bowie’s personal collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Then, with a tip from the class teacher at UNO (to not pay $36 to visit the observation deck level only 1 floor higher), we headed up to the Signature Lounge in the John Hancock building. Unfortunately it was happy hour and it was super busy. There was no way we were going to get a table at the window, so we took the elevator back down.
On Saturday, we slept in a bit. Now that’s a luxury with a 15 month old! Our first stop of the day was The Field Museum. The highlight was Sue, the largest, most complete, well-preserved, t.Rex skeleton ever found. She was on display right in the main concourse.
Then we made our way to Millennium Park to see the Cloud Gate. Probably better know as the The Bean, it’s a large bean shaped sculpture with a mirror finish. At this point on Saturday, the rest of Grant Park was closed due to the Chicago Marathon the next day. That also meant that all the tourist locations were crazy busy.
Then, we got out of that area. Too many people.
Saturday night we tried another deep-dish pizza at Bacino’s in Lincoln Park. We went there with my friend Keri, who now lives in Chicagoland. Then we went to a comedy show at The Second City. The Second City is famous club with alumni including Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Andy Dick, Jane Lynch, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Adam McKay, Tina Fey and Horatio Sanz. Whoa.
It was a late night. Then an early morning, Sunday, when we were woken up by people cheering for the marathoners. The route went right pass us on Sheridan.
We were pretty much trapped until the last people came through and roads opened back up around 11am.
Sunday afternoon we took the train out to Oak Park to the Frank Llyod Wright Home and Studio.
The home was restored to how things would have appeared in 1906 and the details were beautiful.
The wood-carved, parchment paper-lined dining room light fixture.
Tulip pattern glass window.
Children’s playroom skylight.
Master bedroom wall painting.
Studio cast bronze.
All in all it was a great way to celebrate my 30th birthday. Chicago was a lovely city, but we were happy to get back to our little city.