Saturday, December 12, 2009
WHAT a Trip! Part One
Our first morning, I slept in. Good grief! We enjoyed lunch at Macey's Walnut Room. That was such a delightful experience that we ate lunch there again on Friday. We loved the hot chocolate, the Swedish meatballs and, of course, the Frango mint chocolate cheesecake. It was fun seeing the beautiful architecture and Tiffany vaulted ceiling in Maceys.
We walked over to Daley Plaza where they had a German Christkindl village - little shops that sold ornaments, food, clocks, etc. We bought a pair of mittens for our youngest daughter. After riding the tour bus for the rest of its loop we enjoyed a Chicago hot dog at Portillos.
Friday, after our lunch at Maceys we went to the Chicago Aquarium. Fabulous! Our bus tour person, Rosetta, told us about this excellent Irish Pub, so we went there for dinner. Candleman was hoping for bangers and mash, but they were having a big Christmas party so we went to the Hard Rock and shared a chicken fajita dinner. Rosetta also told us about the great mayonaise chocolate cake at Portillos and since it was across the street we indulged. I'm not a cake lover, but their cake was delicious. We sat in Portillos for over an hour visiting and enjoying the friendly, happy atmosphere. We loved our time in Chicago. What a city! Can't wait to go back. We've visited in July and December, so next time needs to be in spring or fall.
My recommendations (based on my minimum personal experience):
*Ride the Chicago Trolley Hop On Hop Off City Tours and keep your fingers crossed that you get Rosetta as your tour guide.
*Visit Maceys downtown after listening to the audio tour that you can find online. Eat in the Walnut Room. There was a 20-minute wait the first day, but they had us in our seats in less than 10.
*Take the Chicago architecture boat tour.
*Try a hot dog at Portillos. And the chocolate cake!