While Lacey was busy in Wisconsin performing matron-of-honor- duties last week, I decided to check out Chicago, IL for a day. Being that I only had 1 day to burn, I needed to come up with a plan to make sure I experienced as much as I could. If Chicago were water, I was going to drink it through a fire hose. If Chicago were a beer, I was about to shotgun it.
Step 1: See the entire city
I only had an hour or 2 to complete this step, so I went to the tallest building in the city for help. The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower).
Step 2: Eat Chicago Style Pizza – Gino’s East
Being from Idaho, I’ve only had rip-off versions of Chicago Style pizza. It was time to experience the real thing. I left the Willis Tower and hopped a bus to the legendary Gino’s East pizza joint. Not only was it the best pizza I’ve had in my life, it was one of the cooler restaurant atmospheres I’ve ever seen. You didn’t need to hear any of the stories to know that there was a ton of history behind this place. My only regret is that I didn’t take a white-out pen to write my name on the wall. …you’ll see what I mean in the images below. Side note, did anyone else know Chicago Style pizza puts the sauce on top of the cheese? How’s your mind? Blown? Mine too.
Step 3: Experience Wrigley Field
Even if you’re not a baseball fan, go see the Cubs play at Wrigley Field. This is one of the most beautiful and historic parks left standing. Take someone you care about, because you’re going to want to reminisce about this day with them down the road. Eat a hot dog, grab a beer, interact with some inspired locals. Once you see the Cubs play (and hopefully win) at Wrigley Field, you can head home from your vacation with a strong understanding of what this city and its people are all about. The 7th inning stretch “take me out to the ballgame” performance from the 35k+ fans on hand was one of the coolest things I think I’ll ever witness.
Chicago is a beautiful city. Public transportation is easy to use (even for me). The next time I go, I want to hit up the Field Museum to see the T-Rex fossil. I also hear there is a world famous cup-cake joint somewhere in the city. The only thing I wish were different about the above mentioned trip was that I didn’t have my partner in crime with me. Lacey would love this city.
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[…] Chicago quickly became a favorite city of Mat’s following his visit this summer. While Gino’s East had delicious pizza and the baseball game at Wrigley Field was amazing…nothing will top the experience from the top of the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower). Standing in the glass box looking down 100+ stories will make for a life long memory. The full details of this trip can be found in a previous post here. […]