a glimpse of chicago

Posted by susan on September 11th, 2012. Filed under: epicurious travel, getaways.

Can you even believe I had never been to Chicago before this summer?

After a day of #NintendoEnthused fun my first stop was to see the Bean in Millennium Park.

And of course, take a distorted photo of my reflection.

Then- and my architect would be proud – I spotted a Frank Gehry creation: the Pritzker Music Pavilion in Millennium Park.

I have to admit, even though it’s one of my favorite concert venues, this place kind of puts the Fleet Boston Pavilion in Boston to shame – except for it not being right next to the ocean.

Once Millennium Park was out of my system, it was time to meet up with Kyle, my friend Bryce’s brother who lives in Chicago and was kind enough to show me the top touristy spots. On my way to meet him, I practically jumped with glee when I saw the towers on the Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album, otherwise known as Marina City.

Then I met Kyle at the Hancock Tower.

Instead of paying for the observatory, we simply grabbed a drink at the restaurant upstairs – which cost the same as an observatory visit – and got to see the view too.

Next, we took a stroll along Navy Pier, which was followed up by a classic Chicago lunch at Lou Malnati’s, which incidentally, sells an unbelievable salad…

And a delicious deep dish.

So in conclusion, Chicago – even after just a glimpse – is a pretty cool place. One thing I regret though is not having Mike there with me because of all those beautiful buildings.

Good thing we have plans to head back next summer.

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