Chicago was amazing! The entire trip was so much fun! Everything, from dropping the kids off, to the train ride, to the weather, was perfect!
Riding the train was so easy compared to flying. I know we would've saved time, but not having to deal with security and baggage claim was totally worth it. I am also glad we didn't drive. Gerry and I were both exhausted to begin with and making the 5 hour drive would've added unnecessary stress. On the train, we were able to talk, relax, hang out and sleep...which is exactly what we needed.
Once in Chicago, we took cabs everywhere. Traffic is crazy and so are the cab drivers. We ate lunch at a little Italian cafe. The food was delicious and so fresh! I would go back there in a heartbeat!
(our awesome lunch at Pompei)
Did some sight seeing on Michigan Avenue.
Of course, we had to stop by the Apple store.
Then we visited Navy Pier, took a skyline boat tour and drank some adult beverages. Mmmm!
(on the boat...getting ready to take off!)
(pulling away from the pier)
Upon going back to our hotel to get ready for dinner, we learned there was a Restaurant Convention in town...which meant every restaurant in Chicago was booked. However, we were able to get a reservation at 9:00pm. This meant we had some extra time to kill so we stopped by the swank bar in our hotel for a few drinks.
We were able to walk to our restaurant - which was a seafood place. Let me tell you it was, by far, the best seafood meal I have ever had - anywhere! The place was called McCormick & Schmicks...it's a chain and I heard they recently opened one here in town, so I am stoked about that. The Chilean sea bass was fantastic, and so were the king crab legs. Gerry ordered the stuffed salmon which was amazing as well. I wanted dessert, but I was so full and so tired. (we didn't even get our food until like 9:40)
After dinner, we were so excited to get back to our hotel and...SLEEP! (What did you you think I was going to say?? We haven't had one night of uninterrupted sleep since Naomi was born! Okay, that's exaggerating, but it's been a long time!)
Both kids and even the dog had great weekends away, as well. Although the trip was short, we missed them terribly. It was good to have everyone under the same roof again!
Thanks again to Jeff and Kelly for watching Maria, Karen and John for taking Naomi, and to Brian and Jen for watching Devon! We appreciate it sooo much!
And thanks to my awesome husband for planning such an amazing trip. I will never forget it! I love you!