Since last night’s attempt at peanut udon noodles was a flop (see it in my failed recipes album on facebook), I thought I’d share some photos of my trip to Chicago last weekend.
In hindsight, my visit was a veritable cheese fest. It started with incredible thin crust, arugula-topped pizza with Melissa of The Faux Martha at Caffe DeLuca in Oak Park. I had so much fun hanging out with Melissa. She is just as wonderful and fun in real life as you would assume from reading her blog.
The next night, I dined at Gino’s East with my mom and a few others. Gino’s is famous for their corn meal crust, which is good, but I think I prefer Giordano’s. No trip to Chicago is complete without some seriously deep dish pizza!
The cheese fest continued at Grahamwich, a cute sandwich shop in downtown that Melissa recommended. Their epic grilled cheese sandwich was oozing with Wisconsin cheddar and cheese curds.
On Sunday, my mom and I zoomed up to the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center. The building casts quite an imposing shadow over the highway, doesn’t it?
I always envisioned myself living in a big city in my mid-twenties, but now that I find myself smack dab in the middle of my twenties, I’m not sure I could live in a city as big as Chicago. I like to look up and see sky, not skyscrapers. Pictured above is a view of the buildings surrounding the John Hancock Center.
Michigan Lake provided some visual relief from the view of Downtown. It’s bigger than I realized—so big that we could barely see the Michigan shore on the other side.
Partly in Chicago for work but mostly for play, I spent a good chunk of time wandering The Magnificent Mile. I bought teeny tiny clothes for baby Ruby and aubergine corduroys that I can’t wear yet in 80+ degree weather. Here’s a piece of Michigan Avenue from above.
Last but not least, we explored the Museum of Contemporary Art. About a floor and a half were closed, but we enjoyed spending a lazy morning viewing works by Joseph Cornell and others. Pictured above is a view of the stairwell from the top floor.
What is your favorite big city? Do you live there or do you prefer to just visit?