Cultured in Chicago
Trip Start Dec 16, 2012
28Trip End Sep 01, 2013
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After checking into the best hostel I've ever seen we took a stroll around Lincoln Park and picked up some drinks for the free BBQ at the hostel that night.
Baseball is something I missed in NY so Harry and I had planned a White Sox game. A late start to the day brought us to midday, pre-game drinks out on the patio with the girls from last night, who decided to join us in the participation of America’s Favourite Past-time. The experience was awesome, a fun game that requires minimal attention and allows for plenty of banter, eating and drinking. A fruitful day of nacho’s, helmets, big fingers, getting on the big screen (twice) and fireworks… Sox win!!
After a delicious Chinese dinner at Dee’s with the girls we continue the post-game celebrations in Wrigleyville. The atmosphere was intense in the streets, every bar was packed except ours. At 2am when everything closed, the sirens were now in the streets along with a couple thousand fans and partygoers
I woke up "disorientated" at the girls hostel and gathered up the pieces to quickly rally Harry together and head back to the hostel before check-out time. We would now be staying with Mary, my friend from the Yoga Farm however Harry was looking well below par for a good first impression.
While Harry slept that afternoon while I enjoyed a delectable lunch at the Little Goat with Mary and her new friend Colin, who shared a fun fact that Wrigleyville recently held the highest murder rate in the U.S. Good to know after you party there right?
That night Harry managed to pull his socks up so we dived right into the Chicago cultural classic, the deep dish pizza. This thing was deeeep, and delicious. It was perfect and much appreciated to have a local show us the best areas of the city. After dinner Colin drove us along Lake Michigan, giving us a beautiful view looking up at the bright lights of the Chicago skyline.
Waking up refreshed and ready for some more culture we walked along the lakeside towards downtown and visited Millenium Park and The Bean
We returned back to the apartment with sore legs, which I stretched out in a yoga session on Mary’s balcony 27 stories up. Her apartment is charming, clean and comfortable. We felt very lucky to be staying in it for the couple nights.
Dinner that night was a BBQ grill session by the buildings gym and pool. We sampled some beef, prawn & veggie kebobs with corn on the cob before heading out to Zanie’s comedy lounge. An open-mic night brought up some hilarious acts. With Jerry Seinfield, Tim Allen and other notable’s memorabilia on the wall it was obvious this place regularly delivered good talent
Huge plans for the following day had us over-ambitious for three museums and an aquarium. Chicago must be well famous for it’s museums because these things were incredibly impressive. We only managed to fit in the Museum of Science & Industry and the Shedd Aquarium. Both were seriously awesome with 3D, 4D, Omnimax and every other kind of over-the-top, reality-simulating theatre delivering educational programs on coral reefs, outer space, the animal kingdom, and many more. The aquarium gives home to over 30,000 animals including beluga whales and dolphins, which featured in the live show and even an anaconda. The Science Museum gives home to a life-sized replica of a commercial airline jet, a passenger train and the German U-505 submarine. I could have nerded out all day there. Unfortunately we missed out on the History Museum and Museum of Surgical Sciences but it was a long and awe-inspiring day. It’s really quite exhausting to be constantly in amazement for that long.
Harry and I freshened up and headed back into downtown for the hugely anticipated Broadway show we had booked in NYC, accidently in a Chicago venue. We managed to change the dates to the following week and now found ourselves piling into the Bank of America Theatre to see the funniest musical on Earth, The Book of Mormon
Wednesday morning saw us waking up at 5 for an early flight back over to the East Coast. A huge thankyou to Muzz for hosting us and to Colin for being our tour guide. You made our stay in Chicago a flawless one and re-inspired my adventure in the U.S. You’re the best hosts we could ever ask for and so very welcome to come stay Down Under anytime.
We continue the adventure to Boston. Where world-renowned seafood, Harvard College, Joe Rogan and the UFC await us. I’m stupid excited!