It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Break in Chicago Day 4

Day 4

We are up and at the train station early. Nan has a soccer game (and Michael is the coach) so we have to head back south. Michael says we can't bring Nan next year because she makes travel take so long...yes, delays on the tracks made the train ride home almost 2 hours longer too! 

We had a great trip. In case you want to visit any of the places we did here are the details:

The Hotel: Renaissance Chicago Downtown on Wacker Dr

The Museums:
The Field Museum, Illinois teachers can go free. See the site for details
The Art Institute of Chicago  Illinois teachers can go free. See the site for details

The Symphony: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra 
student tickets are available for many of the shows for only $10. You need to check the website for specifics. When you go to order tickets, you must call the box office directly. Adult tickets will still cost regular price and they need to place you beside each other.

The Shopping:
American Girl Store
Nike Town Chicago
Adidas in Water Tower Place
Apple Retail Store
The Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop 
We did not actually take a tour but the shop is across from the Art Institute and just a few storefronts down from the CSO. It was a fun store and we picked up a few things Frank Lloyd Wright things including a coloring book and matching game.We certainly plan on taking a tour someday when she is a bit older.

Tour:  The Cupcake Tour of Chicago
We had a groupon rate...and I still wouldn't go again. Save your money and just visit the 3 stores we recommend below. The guide told us all the information about cupcakes in one big a parking garage. Nothing I couldn't google...disappointed to say the least.

The Restaurants:
Catch 35
Not only is this great seafood but it is a trade show tradition, we have to eat here! 

Like I said, the cleanest and friendliest place we ate. 

This is the famous one with the pink cupcake ATM and frosting shots. 

This one is located beside American Girl in Water Tower Place (so also by Adidas).

This place closes early in the evenings so we never got back here during this visit. I will be eating here in the future and taking some baked goods home! It had the gelato and many bakery cases.

Pizano's Pizza
One of our favorite downtown pizza places. Save room for dessert: they make a PB cookie in a cast iron skillet then serve it with ice cream and a mountain of whipped is one of the most wonderful things I have ever eaten. 

Do-Rite Donuts
There is a line - come early because they close when they are sold out. I had an old fashion with vanilla bean glaze...delish. 

Glazed and Infused 
the plain glazed doughnuts left me disappointed but we didn't get there until lunch time so they weren't fresh. On the other hand, the red velvet with cream cheese icing doughnut that I had...well, I am still thinking about it and I don't like red velvet cake!

Billy Goat Tavern
Not amazing but convenient and fun. We went for lunch so it was still family friendly. They also have one out on Navy Pier. 

Weber Grill 
We would never go back here...the service, the food...just not good enough for what you have to pay especially when there are so many other great choices around. Not only that but you leave smelling like smoke.

Michael would like to point out that he was at McCormick Place working so he can't really comment on most of this. I guess that someone has to work to support all this cupcake/doughnut eating.

1 comment:

  1. We don't eat downtown too often, but we do like Bucca di Beppo. Italian family style food. Looks like a fun trip!