Day 23: A serious bite out of Blackhawks territory
Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
51Trip End Jul 29, 2010
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This morning was a bit of an unorthodox wake-up call... thunder! Ironically it struck only 15mins before our alarm was set to go off, so it wasn't that bad – although it was slightly concerning because we were heading on a walking tour (which went rain or shine). Alas, we fetched out our rain coats and headed up State Street to meet our tour... although when we got there, there was no tour to be found! After a quick chat to the restaurant owner (and a phone call to his other location), we hoofed it cross town to meet our group. We had actually gotten the right start location for the tour we signed up for, but unfortunately a computer glitch had placed us in a different tour (but very similar). We met our guide Lynn at the new location – he is the founder of the Tastebuds Tour, and was so apologetic about the mix-up that he gave us money for the cab to change starting point, plus refunded us our entire tour prices, and offered us another day on our initial tour
The next stop was at a place called 'Now We’re Poppin’, to try some Chicago mix popcorn – now we both admittedly had never heard of such a mix before, and were a bit dubious when they told us what it was: caramel and cheese popcorn mix! But we gave it a try and well, it’s a great combo! It’s great popcorn with a good savoury/sweet mix (and you can pick out one or the other if that’s all you’re craving). After buying a bag here for the road, we ventured by the Millennium Park and into the Chicago Cultural centre, where we met some of the great artists of Project Onward, a studio for artists with special needs.
Now we were headed to another Chicago classic – the Chicago Dog (at Gold Coast Dogs)
Just a few more blocks of walking through the downtown loop and under the "L" (elevated) train, and we came upon our last stop at the Berghoff – one of the oldest restaurants in America! It originally started out as a brewery at the first World Fair, but then turned to sandwiches and Root Beer during the prohibition (it’s been around for at least 100 years)
We decided to walk towards the water – Lake Michigan that is. We had hopes that at least it’d be cooler by the water! We stopped by Millennium Park first, and checked out the resident ‘jellybean’, plus the very cool-looking Grant Park (a huge outdoor concert amphitheatre). Then we made it down to the shoreline, and walked north towards the Navy Pier... it wasn’t a long walk, but we had to make a few stops for fear of melting away! (just for the record, it was only minutely cooler by the water...) Once we got to the pier, we picked up some tickets for an architectural tour cruise & fireworks show for that night and then strolled down the pier... making sure our next stop was for an ice cold beer! We found ourselves at the Billy Goat Tavern (famed with the Cubs curse and a SNL sketch)
Seeing we had a couple hours before the cruise, we slowly walked back towards our hotel, to perhaps cool off a bit (and have a nana-nap!) before heading out again for the evening