Monday, April 20, 2009

Our trip to Chi-town

Thursday

Caught the Megabus at 8:30am at Union Station in St. Louis. Audrey was on the phone with the office and e-mailing them a lot, Rick slept and read and worked, John played on his computer, I knitted, read, etc. Very relaxing and enjoyable. We were in Chicago before 2:00pm












We went to dinner at Smith and Wollensky's. A homeless guy walked us to the restaurant. His name is Dennis. He asked us to pray for him to get hired as a Night Security Guard at the Hilton. I think he's supposed to hear about the job Friday.



Friday

Audrey and I went to the magnificent Tribune Tower for a tour and to meet some people we work with.




We had lunch with a few of the folks at the `World Famous Billy Goat Tavern at Grill." Cheezeborger, cheezeborger, cheezeborger, Coke, no Pepsi.

Later Audrey and I scored a couple of pairs of shoes and a purse on sale on Michigan Avenue. John went more upscale and bought an Espresso machine at Bloomingdale's.








After a massage at the hotel and a swim in the Intercontinental Hotel's pool....we had dinner at Adobo. A server made fresh guacamole at our table...Audrey, Rick and John had the Arrachera Adobada: Grilled flank steak in chile morita quemado Adobo, frijoles puercos, grilled tomatoes & onions. I had the Carne Asada: Adobo marinated grilled Flat Iron steak, potatoes with chorizo,creamy ancho salsa.

We caught the Blues game at the ESPN Zone with some other St. Louisans. Sorry they lost, but it was fun.

Saturday

As if we hadn't had enough food already, we had a yummy breakfast at the West Egg Cafe in Chicago. Then Audrey and I ran--literally--through the 3 level Forever 21 store. In 15 minutes (we were on a tight schedule) we spent about $80 between us on cute accessories.

We took a cab to the Chicago History Museum and went on a tour purported to highlight peoples and places from "The Devil in the White City" bestseller. The tour guide `Al' looked just like Jerry Lewis when he had that lung disease and he got really fat because he was taking steroids. Here's a picture of Al.






Most of the people in Chicago dress really stylishly. This lady was an exception. Audrey called her Pippi.



How was the tour you ask? Uh, not that good. Al only wanted to talk about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (the White City part of the book). We were mainly interested in the Devil part of the book...a serial killer run amok. Al gave us interesting tidbits like `Chicago became known as the The Windy City because the men who presented the plan for the World's Fair to Congress were long-winded.' Oh well.


Our final dinner was a place Rick chose called "Kuma's Corner." The BEST hamburger I've had in a l-o-n-g time. The wait was long, but the staff and clientele are fun to watch so it's all good. We were the only ones there who didn't have prominent tattoos and piercings.

Sunday
We came home on the Megabus. It rained nearly the whole way. Perfect sleeping weather. We got back to the Loo just in time to head downtown for The Blues game.

We had a great time and can't wait to make another fun excursion with Audrey and Rick.

1 comment:

Lesli said...

I always wonder about the Mega Bus! I always see it on I-94 going to and from Wisconsin on its way to or back from Chicago.

How was the bus? Comfy? And the other passengers?

Do you recommend? Does it have a lot of stops along the way?