July 31, 2013 Chicago – Day 1
Last week my friend Jin and I went to Chicago for a pre-med/dental school trip and we had a lot of fun. We both arrived on Monday afternoon and were famished, so we headed out to find a place to have a late lunch. Jin’s coworker suggested The Purple Pig as a must-have in Chicago, and it was within walking distance of our hotel, so we decided to try there.
Even though it was mid-afternoon already, they were still packed and we had a short wait before being seated at a communal table. We got 3 things to share. First up was the fried pig’s ear with crispy kale, pickled cherry peppers, and a fried egg on top.
It was crispy and delicious but a little bit too salty on its own. The second dish we got was the roasted bone marrow.
It was my first time having bone marrow so I was pretty excited. Smeared onto the bread that came with it, it was really yummy! Our third dish was recommended by our server, the “JLT” – an open faced sandwich with pork jowl, tomato, frisée, and a fried duck egg on top.
I think this was probably my favorite of the three dishes we ordered. It had a good balance of flavors and the pork jowl was really tasty. Overall the meal was pretty good, but everything together with all the friedness and greasiness and saltiness was a bit too heavy for us (a theme that showed up again and again during a lot of our meals in Chicago, as we soon found out).
After lunch we walked to Millennium Park and checked out Cloud Gate, aka The Bean. It was pretty cool to see it in person after seeing it in movies like Source Code and The Vow. It was so shiny!
The underside of it. Such cool reflections/distortions. It’s very disorienting and mesmerizing.
We just walked around the park, which was quite large. We came across this little waterway with a wooden board walk. A lot of people put their feet in the water and relaxed so we did the same. It was so nice to rest in the shade for a while on this hot day.
We also went to the Crown Fountain, where there were a lot of kids splashing around in the water. If I were dressed appropriately I would have probably done the same!