We got into Chicago last night around 8:30, and quickly caught a cab to take us downtown to our hotel. We’re staying at the Hilton Garden Inn. Once again, I bid on a hotel on Priceline, and this was the hotel that accepted our bid ($75/night, woohoo!). It’s really nice, especially considering it’s only rated as “3 star” hotel. We have a refrigerator and microwave in our room, which is always nice, and also… FREE INTERNET ACCESS! That almost never happens.
Anyway, after we got checked in last night, we walked a couple of blocks over to a local sports bar (called Mother Hubbard’s) to have a bite to eat. It was the LOUDEST SPORTS BAR EVER. Seriously, I thought I might have permanent hearing damage. We didn’t stick around there for very long, just long enough to eat. I was tired and wanted to get some rest.
This morning, we woke up to beautiful sunshine shining through our hotel window, and got up to get the day going. We started off by hitting up a favorite breakfast joint–West Egg. I actually ate there with my boss (who used to live in Chicago) when I was here a few years ago for work, and I remembered it being really good, so we figured there was no better way to begin our exploration of the city.
When we got off the Red Line and walked up to street level, we were pleasantly surprised to find that it had spit us out RIGHT IN FRONT of our hotel. Literally steps away. After all of the walking we had been doing, we were grateful.
We relaxed in our hotel room for a little bit before heading back out for some dinner. Since we hadn’t eaten since breakfast, we were eager to experience Chicago-style pizza–deep dish, y’all.
Upon arrival, we were told that the wait would be approximately 30-45 minutes, so we grabbed a beer at the bar and took it outside to wait and enjoy the summer evening. We were told to pre-order our pizza, so we did that, too. Stuffed pizza–cheese, onion, broccoli, and pepperoni. This day was all about “yum.”
The wait went by pretty quickly, and before we knew it, we were being served our scrumptious pizza.
After dinner, we stopped back at our hotel to drop off our leftover pizza, then took a walk down to Navy Pier.
Now we’re going to kick back and watch some Bill Maher since the hotel has HBO. We don’t have it at home, so it’s a real treat for us! I miss my Bill. ;)
AboutI'm Heather. I just turned 30. I'm happily married, and mommy to the most beautiful little girl in the world (what, you're saying I could be biased?). Determined DIYer and homeowner. Sarcastic. A perfectionist. A bleeding-heart liberal. Frugal. Loves a little dog way more than many humans. Loves food, hates exercise (it's an ongoing battle). A loyal football fan. I love to laugh. Value family and friends above all else. Vie to be a world traveler.
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