Monday, June 25, 2012

Chicago On My Mind

View from the Field Museum
I've been threatening to visit Alex aka Jack in the Windy City for a while now, and this weekend I finally made good on my promise. What a difference a job makes on my ability to travel, you know? Anyway, let me say this: Chicago was never a place I was itching to visit (except for John Cusack's home in Evanston, which I didn't have time to track down this time around) but I'm so glad I did.

The food, first of all, was amazing. We ate at a Cuban spot, a Cajun spot and a yummy brunch spot and everything was delicious. I'm especially yearning for the tostones rellenos I ate at 90 Miles Cuban Cafe. I'll be cooking those at home sooner rather than later; trust!

Then, I must add, the city itself was correctly described by Alex as a "smaller, cleaner version of New York City" and I have to agree. For being a major city, Chicago is incredibly tidy! We decided it's because the city has and utilizes the alleys for it's trash instead of the curbside system that works so well (sarcasm!) for us here in NY.

Finally, HOLY SHIZNIT- THE BEACH IS ACROSS THE STREET FROM MY HOTEL! I'm in love with the entire concept of Lake Shore Drive and Navy Pier and Lake Michigan and I'm already trying to see if I can return in the dead of summer so I can chill on the beach in an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, yellow, polka-dot bikini!
Finally, someone lighter than me!
I also need to go back to ride the train, which I forgot to do this weekend, and to visit some more galleries, shops and of course, to party in Boystown. Oh yes, I shall return!

*smooches...already looking at my next travel dates*
I have so many trips to take this and next year, though, I should pace myself.