Chicago – day 1

Day one started very early so that we could catch the Yankees playing the Cubs at Wrigley Field! We got up at 3am and left the house by 3:30am. We drove through the mountains and down I-70 in a hurry to get to the airport. My hubby would have killed me if we missed the plane. ha ha. We ended up having plenty of time at the airport to check in and get through security but we were concerned the whole way there. The flight was on-time and worked out perfectly.

We landed at Midway Airport and planned on taking the Orange CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) line to downtown. It was easy and also ran on-time. So far so good! We only had to walk a couple of blocks to our hotel, the Hyatt on Wacker Drive. They even had a room ready for us even though it was only 10:30 am. Now we knew that everything was going to work out.

We took the Red CTA line from downtown to Wrigley Field. This was hubby’s first time at the historic Wrigley Field. I had been there many times in my past but I hadn’t seen it for about 20 years. It seemed so much smaller than I remembered. The rooftops of the surrounding building had also changed. They had added bleachers and sold seats for games. They used to just let you rent an empty rooftop, bring up a keg and some food and watch the game. Now the rooftops seemed like a continuation of the stadium seating. It was also weird to not see the advertisements and electronic screens that I’ve become accustomed to at newer ballparks. But the history of the field is what you come to Wrigley for. Oh, and to root for a losing team. Just kidding Cubbie fans!



We scoped out the craft-brews that were available at the park. I drank the Green Line pale ale brewed by Goose Island while hubby stuck with the good ol’ Budweiser since it was a baseball game and all. Bison sausages became our late lunch since we hadn’t eaten so far that day. We didn’t bring any sweatshirts and were only wearing our tee-shirts so it started to get a little chilly towards the end of the game but the weather was good overall. The game was great! Derek Jeter played the whole game and the Yankees won in extra innings (13 to be exact).



Next on our tight timeline was a trip to DryHop Brewers. We took the Red line back a few stops got off and walked a few blocks east to reach this cute brewery. It was Craft Beer Week while we were in Chicago so some bars and brewery were having “tap takeovers” where they will have a large number of their taps dedicated to another brewery. DryHop was hosting Solemn Oath Brewery which is located in Naperville, IL, a suburb of Chicago. I started with Ultrahighfrequency from Solemn Oath. It was an American Imperial Red Ale and I gotta be honest, not as good as I had hoped. Hubby ordered the Most Important Beverage Of The Day by Solemn Oath, which was a Coffee Milk Stout. His was much better than mine. We also had the Moon Tower Kind from DryHop, a black IPA, that was just average. The food here was fabulous though! We both had unique burgers that were cooked perfectly!


Since we just weren’t clicking with DryHop we decided to check out Goose Island Brewing. So back to the Red line we went and took it a couple more stops and headed towards Clybourn. Now, I just have to add that I really didn’t want to go to Goose Island at all since they are owned by Anheuser-Busch. I don’t drink crappy beers from mega-breweries. Hubby only wanted to go just in case they had some Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013) on tap since the bottles of it sold out in less than a day and we didn’t get any. And holly crap! They did have it. It’s an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrles, the abv is 14.2%, and the taste is of oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. Hubby had two since he’ll never get it again. I only had one but then I also tried The Illinois, an imperial IPA. It was okay but I’ve had much better.


It was around 9:00pm and we were exhausted since we’d been up since 3am so we jumped back on the Red line heading south and walked back to our hotel. The city was beautiful at night but we were so tired that we couldn’t enjoy it anymore. It was nice to hit the pillow and fall directly asleep.



~ by willtriforbeer on June 22, 2014.

2 Responses to “Chicago – day 1”

  1. I lived right by Goose Island! I miss Chicago…. well I miss things like a Cubs game and the food but not the weather! Have fun whle you are there and get some Lou Malnottis!

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