Posted by: vlibrizzi | January 2, 2011

Autumn weekend in Chicago

Hello readers,

I’m sorry I’ve strayed from posting for so long. Suffice it to say, the end of 2010 was a blur—but in a good way! Check out my next post to see why…. 🙂

One of my new year’s resolutions, though, is to get back into blogging, so I thought I’d start with a our mini-vacation in October to Chicago.

I had never been to Chicago before, and have always had it at the top of my U.S. cities to visit list. So, over a long weekend in October, C. and I boarded a plane to explore the “windy city” (which isn’t nearly as windy as Boston, by the way).

On the first day we arrived, we sampled the deep dish pizza at the famous Giordano’s restaurant.

I have to admit, though, that we weren’t the biggest fans of this type of pizza. It tasted more like a cheesy pie than pizza, but maybe that’s our NJ upbringing swaying us toward thin crust pizzas. I’m glad we tried it, though.

We made funny faces in the famous bean-like Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park.

We spent time walking around the city and getting guided tours from friends who now call Chicago home.

We went on the Chicago Architectural Foundation’s boat tour (which was WONDERFUL!) and admired the amazing architecture of the city while sitting in the warm sun on the top of the boat.

We gawked at the tallest building in the U.S., the Willis Tower, and like true tourists, took some photos of it.

We admired all of the fantastic and famous paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago.

And in addition to walking (a ton!) around the city, we found time to try out some of Chicago’s yummy, trendy restaurants.

Although we weren’t able to eat at any of the Rick Bayless places (but will make reservations well in advance to go to one of them on our next Chicago trip), we really enjoyed having dinner while overlooking the peaceful pond at North Pond restaurant, feasting on the wonderful, but terribly gluttonous white chocolate pretzel pancakes at the Bongo Room,  and munching on yummy tapas at Mercat a la Planxa.

All in all, it was a fantastic long-weekend getaway, and we have plans to get back to Chicago soon to check out all of the things we missed, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know.


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