Sunday, September 28, 2008


The view from top of the Hancock building.

Graham and I just back from Chicago yesterday.  We decided to go for a quick weekend trip to celebrate our anniversary.  Our first time ever to leave the kids and our first time to the windy city of Chicago.  The weather was fantastic we didn't witness any wind but the beautiful city made quite an impression on us.  We packed  our  2 full days site seeing, eating and exploring.  I am going to give you a review of our weekend so if you are ever in Chicago, maybe some of the places we visited might be of interest to you.
Our hotel

First, we got to Chicago Thursday at midnight.  We took a cab to our hotel.  We stayed at the new and beautiful Dana Hotel and Spa.  It's chic and modern and so very luxurious and comfortable. We stayed on the very top floor and I think we were the only guests on our floor.  The hotel is in downtown in the Magnificent Mile. We had amazing views of the city and the roof top view was breathtaking.  When we arrived at our hotel we were famished so we decided to go to the little bistro across the street called Bijans.  I was really surprised to see the place packed at 2 am.

The night we went to Wicked

Wrigley Field and the Navy Pier

The view from our hotel room and roof of hotel

On Friday, we woke-up fairly early (we are so used to waking up so early with the kids) and had a yummy breakfast at the hotel.  The best croissants I have ever had!  Then we walked down 2 blocks to Michigan Avenue (tons of shopping) and made our way to the John Hancock building.  The view from the Hancock building was spectacular.  It was clear so we could see everything from the 95th floor.  Then we took a short cab ride to the Navy Pier.  It's a long pier with shopping, eating, carnival type games and rides.  Graham and I rode on the ferris wheel.  Also, very good views.  Then we ate at the famous Billy Goat Tavern where we ate our delicious "cheezborgers."  I guess there is a legend this billy goat got kicked out of Wrigley stadium and that is why the Cubs haven't won the world series since.  When we got back to our hotel, Graham surprised me with a couples spa appointment from our hotel spa.  He received a swedish massage and I got the hot stone massage.  It was so amazing and relaxing, we both fell asleep. Then later that evening we ate dinner at the Chicago 312 restaurant.  It was very delicious.  Then, we went to see Wicked at the Ford Theatre.  Second time for me but first time for Graham.  He loved it too!  We walked back to our hotel.  By-the-way, Chicago is a very romantic city at night!  With all the hustle and bustle from all the cars and cabs, it still somehow felt so peaceful and dreamy with all the city lights and Michigan river flowing under the bridges.  Anyway on our walk home, we discovered the most yummiest treat, the Berry Chill frozen yogurt.  So delicious we went back Saturday night to enjoy it again.

On Saturday, we went to Lincoln Park where they have an organic Farmer's Market.  It's actually a beautiful park next to the river with lots of trails for running and walking.  We saw teams playing coed flag football, lots of birthday parties and lots of families hanging out.  We then took the bus to see the Wrigley Field where the Cubs play.  We asked around to see where the best pizza place was and everyone said  D'Agostinos Pizza was the best.  So we tried it and loved it.  Then we discovered another yummy place called Molly's Cupcakes.  A shop just for cupcakes.  What could be better you ask?  A sprinkle station with all your favorite sprinkles for your cupcake!  We took the bus back into the heart of downtown again which was a mistake.  I never want to take the bus anywhere again.  We should have taken the train, it would have been much faster.  We rode a water taxi to Sears Tower.  That was cool to see the city from the water's point of view.  That evening for our anniversary dinner we ate at an mediterranean restaurant called Alhambra Palace.  This was a cool place.  It had yummy food and also entertainment like flamenco and belly dancing.  It was loud, dark and crazy.  We loved it!
Eating at Billy Goat Tavern

Millennium Park & Hancock Building

The welcome home sign Emerson made

We loved our short stay in Chicago.  Chicago is beautiful with so many interesting buildings with wonderful architectural interests, it's clean and full of life.  I can't wait to go visit again. Maybe with our kids next time....or not!


Cula said...

I'm glad you had fun! Still jealous that you saw wicked again. Oh well..... maybe someday soon.

Andrea said...

it looks like you guys had so much fun!!! you look so pretty :) and i love the welcome home sing from Emerson!!!

Prescott family said...

It sounds so romantic!! Happy Anniversary!

TheGefrom5 said...

How fun!!! I never knew Chicago could be so interesting, thank you for peaking my interest!Thanks for all the photos! You look Great, by the way, so cute!:)

Melissa and Aaron said...

I'm so glad you guys got away for your anniversary! It sounds like you did a ton. I didn't realize there was that much to do there. I've been trying to convince Aaron that we need to go, and now we know there is plenty to do...thanks!!

Melissa said...

Way to go - getting away for your anniversary! I remember when TJ graduated from boot camp up in Chicago, I flew up there to see him. We went sightseeing for a few days - didn't see as much as you did! We did go to the top of the Sears Tower though. Great pictures!

Beckie and Erick said...

Hello! That looked like such a fun trip and you packed a lot into a short trip! I really want to go to Chicago. My little brother served his mission there and he always talks about it. So have you seen Wicked twice now? I am jealous, I have not seen it yet!!

Kori said...

Fun Ang! I love Chicago!

Shawn said...

Wow, what a great trip. And Congratulations.

By the way, I'm friends with Jimmy Layton and Chris Dulin on Facebook. Chris wanted me to say hi. Hi.

What a great family you have!

Brittany said...

What a fun trip! Ok, now I really want to see Wicked if it's good enough to see twice! Everyone says it's awesome. Happy Anniversary!

Gina said...

Happy (belated) anniversary! Chicago is a fun town. I went there on Spring Break with my mom while I was in college and we got totally lost on a bus ride trying to find a museum.