Saturday, October 13, 2012

3 Day Getaway: Chicago Pt2

After the river tour, we were starving (and freezing) so we hightailed it to the a close restaurant that my Bee friends has told me about. It's called the Purple Pig and it is A.W.E.S.O.M.E! When we arrived close to 7pm there was a 2 hr wait... no way we were going to so we headed near the bar with hopes that someone one stand up soon so we could enjoy open seating at the bar. An older gentleman stood up and offered me his chair, while he stood behind his wife who was seated at the bar. We ordered some delicious things like the Bone Marrow smear that was to die for and the Milk Braised Pork Shoulder, which was silky smooth and very juicy.
Bad Lighting but yummy marrow straight from the bone

We got caught in conversation with both; the older couple seated to our left a couple of New Yorkers to our right. We all got along fabulously, spent the night sharing bottles of wine and passing our dishes around the bar to share with our new friends. Who would have thought you could have such a wonderful time with strangers!

After dinner, we randomly decided to hit up the Chicago Blue Man Group show. We hopped on a cab for a quick 15 minute ride and arrived 15 minutes began to buy our tickets. It was a very entertaining and interesting show. Definitively unlike anything I had seen before but not something I like enough to see twice. Tomas on the other hand was ecstatic, he had been wanting to go see them since forever.

On Sunday, we slept in a bit since we had walked all over Chicago the day before and had  a very late night.We skipped breakfast in favor of heading straight to the Willis Tower, the tallest building in the US and the famous Skydeck. The Skydeck opened in 2009 and it features all glass boxes on the 103rd floor the allow you to step in and look down through the floor towards the ground  1,353 ft below.

Quite a rush. One that deserves proper refueling of the body and we couldn't leave Chicago without trying one of their world famous deep dish pizzas. Lucky for us, right around the corner from the Willis tower stood  a Giordano's restaurant and we figured it was worth the shot (and the wait, the place was packed with Chicago marathoners)

We walked back to the hotel, said our goodbyes and I drove 5 hours back to Cincinnati by myself.

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