Just thought I would give an update of the trip.
We got in to Chicago Friday around noon, went to the Field Museum which took the better part of the afternoon.
Back to the hotel to check-in and relax for a little bit then off to Gino's for deep dish pizza for dinner. The pizza was excellent, though we bought too much. I tried to explain to my wife how big the slices were and that we only needed a small, but she insisted on the medium, so we had a half of a pizza left and no refriderator in the hotel to store it. We managed to eat another slice or two as a late-night snack, but still had some delicious pizza go to waste, shame!
On our way back from Gino's was stopped at Garrett's and patiently waited in line (probably about 25-30 minutes). Got some of the Chicago mix and some caramel corn by itself. Both were very good, though I think I have a slight preference for the caramel corn (my mix seemed a little heavy on the cheese popcorn, maybe just an unlucky event).
Day 2 (Saturday) - We just walked the city for a good majority of the day. Stopped at Epic Burger for a quick lunch. Not sure if this is a Chicago only chain, but it was very similar to five-guys burger chain which I am very familiar with. We walked around some more and discovered the beach. I was totally unaware that there was a beach in Chicago. Only been there twice now, but know plenty of others who had been there and never once heard anything about a beach, was interesting. Walked around a bit more then back to the hotel to relax before dinner.
We really couldn't decide on what we wanted for dinner. Nothing really jumped out to us and we weren't dressed appropriately for anything too upscale. I jumped back on here for one last review of suggestions and went with Emilio's when we discovered it was just right around the corner, and neither of us had ever been a tapas place. Some of the dishes with a little hit and miss, but overall I would say it was very good. We had a grilled calamari which I enjoyed, though it was just slight overcooked and not as tender as I prefer (very easy to do with Calimari). The wife didn't care for that as a much, as the texture was not appealing, she prefers her calimari fried. We also had some garlic potato salad, which we both loved. It was loaded with fresh chunks of garlic. I would not suggest this for anyone who does not love garlic, it was very close to being overwhelming, but in a good way. We even put some of the potato salad on the bread as a sort of garlic spread. Had a spinach and cheese stuff mushroom cap which was delicious and a pepper rolled beef, which I think was a sirloin, which was served with carmalized onions and horseradish sauce, was very good. Last item was a daily special, grilled lamb chops with peppers and a green beans. For some reason my wife, who had no problem with a steak cooked medium, is fearful of lamb cooked at that temp, so the chops were ordered medium-well, and cooked well. This was our least favorite dish, but probably would have been much better if ordered and cooked at medium.
After dinner we headed down to Navy Pier. We got there just after 7 and realized that fireworks didn't start until 9:30 (or so I thought, they didn't actually start until 10:15) so we decided to take one of the architecture cruises, which was definitely worth the price of admission. Afterwards we walked around the pier a bit, but I didn't get to see as much as I would have liked because the crowds were aweful due to the fireworks. Had a funnel cake, then enjoyed the fireworks and headed back to the hotel for the evening.
Day 3 (Sunday) - Morning consisted of resting, packing and checking out. Made a second trip to Garrett's to load up on caramel corn while the wife was getting ready. Then off to Wrigley Field. We parked in one of the neighborhoods and walked around a little bit before going in the stadium. We each had our first Chicago Dog then sat down to enjoy the game after getting lots of pictures. Great game and a great park for any true baseball fan. Cubs blew a 3-2 lead in the top of the 9th with 2 outs a full-count, Starling Marte hit a homer (which I told my wife he was going to at the start of the at-bat), but they came back and won in the bottom of the 11th.
Great weather for weekend, and we had a great time. Can't wait to go back.
"Trust your homies on the net", Clark Smith.
R.I.P. Inkycatz - Feb. 2013