Heather from Carolina Blogging visited Chicago! Heather shares her post about her recent trip to Chicago. Make sure to follow Heather’s blog over at Mess to Beautiful where she shares Monday devotionals, inspirational quotes and more!
Welcome to the very first “Carolina does…” a travel column where I go exploring other parts of the US. I got the chance to visit Chicago for a few days and I was so excited to visit more than just the airport!
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Once I arrived to Chicago I was pleasantly surprised by the gorgeous weather that greeted me as I stepped outside the airport. I arrived at my hotel the Wyndham Garden Hotels and just got up on some much-needed me time! Let me say, this mom of three really enjoyed some quite time. I was able to finish a book, study the Bible without distraction, eat my food without sharing, and most importantly sleep! The beds were so comfortable that I slept a lot actually.
Okay, I know I haven’t even mentioned anything about Chicago yet, so let’s get to the nitty gritty (insert your best Nacho Libra impression here).
After the 30 minute ride on the subway I reached downtown Chicago and I knew that my very first stop would be The Bean. The Bean is actually named the Cloud Gate which is a sculpture by Anish Kapoor located in the AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park . I was amazed how seamless it is and how clean with the occasional bird poop. My next stop was the Jay Pritzker Pavillion also at Millennium Park. I had no knowledge of it really, in fact I just stumbled upon it while exploring and I was so glad I did. It was filled with families having picnics enjoying some wonderful music which filled the atmosphere. After listening in to the orchestra for a bit I continue on my journey stopping here and there to enjoy different sculptures. One of the last things I went to visit was the famous Buckingham Fountain which if you’re old enough to remember was featured on “Married with Children”. If it wasn’t for the gate around it I would have jumped in.
[tweetthis]Heather got an authentic taste of Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza![/tweetthis]
The most important part of traveling in my book is…FOOD!!! I couldn’t wait to try my very first Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza which I ordered from Lou Malnati’s. I had it delivered to my room which was awesome! The pizza smelled like the way my kitchen does when I’m making homemade pasta sauce. What’s better than the room smelling like homemade Italian food…the pizza tasting like it. The sauce was not too sweet (I hate sweet pasta sauce) and I loved the chucks of whole tomatoes. After having two slices I have decided that deep dish is the only way pizza should be made. Another food must is a Chicago Style Dog and an Italian Beef sandwich (which I didn’t even know about until a local told me). So off to the #1 spot to get sed items which took us to Al’s Beef which was featured on Mans vs. Food. I ordered the oh so famous Italian beef just like a local would and my husband ordered the Chicago Style Dog. My beef sandwich was loaded with thin slices of beef top with provolone, sweet and hot peppers and the whole thing dip in Au Jus. I loved it, of course I love sandwiches too so it was right up my ally. I tried the Chicago Style dog too and I was actually shocked that I liked it. I mean I am not huge on hot dogs at all so this is a big deal that I would want more. Needless to say Al’s Beef is a must if you haven’t gone before just ask Coach Mike Ditka.
[tweetthis]Needless to say Al’s Beef is a must if you haven’t gone before just ask Coach Mike Ditka.[/tweetthis]
My trip to Chicago was very short but still had a huge impact. I do plan on returning so I may explore the rest of what Chicago has to offer.