Chicago – day 2

The morning view from our hotel room. And yes, I still call it the Sears Tower!



We started day two by walking the Magnificent Mile, basically due north on Michigan Ave from our hotel. Neither one of us are big shoppers so we were more in it for the walking and people watching aspect. It was a beautiful day. Not too hot but yet sunny.

We walked all the way to the John Hancock building before deciding to move over to Rush Street and walk back along that. Rosebud on Rush is an Italian joint that we decided to have lunch at. It was very good and authentic Italian. Hubby had the Spaghetti Bolognese and I had the Tortellini Carbonara. The pancetta was to die for.


After lunch we walked a couple of streets over and stumbled upon Eataly. It was the same one that we had visited in Rome, Italy just this past November. It was smaller and had more American brands but it was basically the same style as in Rome. We made our way to the 2nd floor specifically looking to see if they had the Craft Beer room. They did, so we bellied up to the bar and asked if they had our favorite Italian beer, Baladin Xyauyu. It wasn’t available but the barkeep did find a bottle of it stashed under the bar. It only had a very small amount left in the bottle and wasn’t enough to sell. He very generously poured us both the tiny bit at no charge. We were having fun now! Hubby ordered the Patrizia, an Oyster Stout, while I had the Wanda, an English Mild ale.


Next we walked to the Chicago Art Institute by way of Millennium Park. The waterfront and parks have changed a lot since I was last in Chicago. We had fun at the museum trying to find some of the paintings featured in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I know, I know, we were supposed to be appreciating the art and we did but it was also fun to hunt for Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte or the America Windows by Marc Chagall.


We wanted to grab a quick drink before the symphony so we stop at Tesori. It was beautifully decorated and just fancy enough to grab a glass of wine at while being dressed up. Yes, I was wearing a dress :0

Next up, and why I was wearing a dress, the Chicago Symphony preforming a piece from Dmitri Shostakovich. It was more wartime marches rather than the sweet, soft and relaxing pieces that we normally listen to but it was an enjoyable evening.



We did not get out of the symphony until almost 11pm and I was hungry and tired. Funny thing…even in a big city it can be hard to find a restaurant open late at night. We wandered the street until we found Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta on Madison. This place has great Italian food and so pizza it was!

We walked home in the cool breeze of the city and looking at the tall buildings. It’s very different from where we currently live and not what we would want our day to day to be but it’s nice for a vacation. So far our vacation was off to a great start!




~ by willtriforbeer on July 31, 2014.

2 Responses to “Chicago – day 2”

  1. Wow who’s the chick in the black dress?

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