After a big first day of covering the major sights, today was a sleep-in day. And literally it was, it was around 10:30 we woke! The schedule today was simple – roaming about Chicago city in a relaxed mode.
First stop, brunch at riverside directly next to our hotel @ Bridge House Tavern. The place was busy for Mother’s day.
(Bridge House Tavern, below our hotel)
Got lucky with finding a table, always easy with getting an indoor table, locals love sitting out in the sun (am not a fan of that, prefer shades).
I ordered the Eggs benedict, Nita got eggs florentine, good but not as good as what we get back home. Unfortunately these guys had no PROPER COFFEE, so had to settle for Tea. …. they only served the drip coffee.
Next stop the Magnificent Mile, passing some nice sights/architecture.
Walked passed the Rosebud Italian restaurant from last night. Highly recommend this place!
Spring is so very evident here, Tulips in full bloom everywhere on the Magnificent mile.
Finished off the window shopping on the Mag mile, next was walking to State St on the other side of the River. Lots of walking required in Chicago and that seems to be the best way to appreciate all the Chicago has to offer!
Had done a fair bit of walking today, still to be done was viewing The Bean at DUSK, which was still a good 3-4 hours away. Back to the hotel for a break.
Was not long before we were out of the hotel and on the way to The Bean for dusk viewing. Like us, there were many others interested in viewing this work of art at dusk. Viewing it for the second time still had us mesmerised with its beauty! It was great to watch the reflection change right before us as the darkness crept in. I would recommend to all if possible, come before dusk and see the changing colours right before you.
Had to pull ourselves away from The Bean, it was getting cold and also late, time for Dinner, was already 9:30 pm! Headed to “Cantina Laredo” a Mexican restaurant we had seen the prior day. Open it was, I love Chicago, coming to dinner post 9:30 and the places are open for business!
A plus on the late night eats, no waiting for tables, we were seated promptly and ordered their fresh guacamole for starters as recommended by the wait staff. Did not realise the FRESH meant, made at the table, a lady appeared with a trolley of fresh ingredients along with a lot of avocadoes. There she asked us what our preference was for the guacamole, what veg we wanted within it. Then it was the making of the guacamole right before us!! Very impressive and very tasty!
Overall a very good Mexican experience! Highly recommended.
The night was not done yet, Chicago is known for its Jazz music, was not leaving this place without enjoying a bit of Jazz.
Next stop Andy’s Jazz Club, only a block from our restaurant! Again we got lucky with finding a good table, no need to sit at the bar! Ordered a couple of drinks, desserts and then to enjoy the live Jazz! I can see myself growing into this music, goes very well with a good scotch whiskey.
We hung around for an hour, it was then time to head back to the hotel, tomorrow was an early flight out to Toronto.
Chicago you have been awesome and left us with the best memories