Monday, 6 December 2010

Chicago - part 1

We had a very early start of 2am on Friday 19th, driving down to Heathrow.  Eight hours later we were airborne and the first thing I have to show you is the amazing peaks & lakes of Greenland, as seen from the air...

We finally arrived in Chicago, and of course couldn't sleep (despite being up for 24 hours) so to stave off the jet lag, so off we went for a twilight walk around the city.  It was great to be back in Chicago, it always feels like home when we're there, comfortable you know?

It hasn't changed much since the last time we were there in 2003, with one HUGE exception, the Sun Times building had gone and the Trump Tower is now towering in its place.  Hubby LOVED this building (I can see why) so we have LOTS of photos of this building that's part hotel & part condos ...

On Saturday we stumbled across EATT Restaurant (6 W Hubbard) so went in for breakfast. 

What a fabulous restaurant!  Great decor (lots of red leather booths & rich wood); helpful friendly staff and amazing food - and all for a really reasonable price.  I LOVE this place - if we had one here, I'd go out for breakfast EVERY weekend.  Hubby had corned beef hash & eggs & I had the EATT parfait, layers of hony granola & yoghurt with fruit.  Both dishes were DELICIOUS (we shared) and such good value for money.

We went back there on Monday too, it was THAT good, if you find yourself in Chicago I'd really recommend them - they also do lunch and dinner.

On Sunday we tried somewhere different - Eleven on Seven which had a great atmosphere, but the food wasn't quite as good as Eatt (not much for me who can't really eat too much meat at breakfast), but Hubby enjoyed his breakfast.

Saturday morning after breakfast we went on the Chicago Architectual Foundation (CAF) River Cruise.  It was fantastic, bundled up on the open-topped boat we had a great docent who told us about all the different architectual styles we saw whilst we cruised up and down the river, here are just a few of them...

Marina Towers are our favourite buildings

this infamous building appears to change colour - one day it can look green, the next blue

cute bridge 'tower'

can't believe the Sears Tower is now the Willis Tower - not the same

the amazingly huge Merchandise Mart
Wrigley Building from the riverside

Tribune Tower

the Aqua building looks wavy due to its shaped balconies

It was their last cruise weekend of the season so we just made it; I'd definitely recommend it.

We spent Saturday afternoon having a wander round Millenium Park & getting some lovely soup (tortilla for me, yum) from The Corner Bakery.

The park looked beautiful with the Autumn colours

and we had great fun by the Bean...

Saturday night was the Christmas light switch-on and parade.  The sides of North Michagan Avenue were heaving and we managed a few glimpses of Mickey & Minnie on the first float, although it was impossible to get any decent photos.

After quite a few floats we decided to move towards the river to get ready for the fireworks which end the parade.  Quite serendipitously we stumbled across a fabulous location with a great view of the bridge so we also got to see the rest of the parade better too.

The fireworks were fantastic & finished off the evening beautifully and left us feeling very Christmassy.

We did a bit of late night shopping which included the mandatory trip to Vosges (and some yummy chocolate bars - you just have to you know).  Everywhere looked so pretty with all the lights on, & I was very impressed with how quickly the road was cleared, cleaned and back to full use as a road once it was all over. 
Sunday was a trip to Oak Park and the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio and tour of the neighbourhood - which I will fill you in on later. x


  1. i love the buildings in chicago! i love that bridge tower, such a great picture! eatt looks amazing and that yogurt parfait looks delicious! it would be so much fun to see the fireworks in chicago, i am sure it was amazing! can't wait to hear and see more of your trip!


  2. Oh my goodness, that parfait looks so yummy! And I love the architecture...I used to want to be an architect. I'm hoping to visit Chicago for the first time in January! :)

  3. looks like a lot of fun, great photos too

  4. i enjoyed this so much! chicago is one of my all time favorite places to visit and i am so happy you had a great time. i can't wait to see the pictures and your story about the Frank Lloyd Wright Museum Home and Studio! I read a book on him and his wife awhile back and it was really good---the title is escaping me...anyhow I have been so intrigued by him and his life so I will wait impatiently for your next post on your trip! :)gina

  5. thanks for all you lovely comments ladies :)

    Em - I hope you have a fabulous trip, it's a wonderful city!

    Gina - pleased you love FLW too, he is intriguing (if you remember the title of that book, I'd be interested in knowing it).



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