August 12, 2013 Chicago – Day 3
Breakfast on day 3 was significantly better than the previous day’s. We went to this little cafe called Sunny Side Up not too far from our hotel. We both got the Oscar benedict, which had crab and asparagus (it reminded me of the La Mer benedict from Zazie in SF).
Everything was scrumptious! After we ate, we hopped on a train and headed toward the Museum of Science and Industry, another attraction on our CityPass. We were going to stop by Chinatown since it was along the subway line, but somehow our train skipped over that stop (we later found out that they were doing construction on that part of the line). So we went straight toward the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. We realized that Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House was in the area as well so we got off the bus a few stops early to see it.
It turns out that the museum is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays so we couldn’t get a tour inside. Still brought back memories of Art Hum though!
Afterwards, we walked to the Museum of Science and Industry. The building was huge; apparently it is the largest science museum in the western hemisphere!
Since it was so big, of course we didn’t have time to see all of it. We did see a lot of interesting exhibits though, like this awesome German U-boat captured during WWII:
When we were done with the museum, it was already mid-afternoon and we were starving, so we headed back downtown to get some food. We decided to try another one of the suggestions from our tour guide from the previous day and went to the Walnut Room inside the Macy’s on State Street.
The room itself was beautiful, with high ceilings and a marble fountain in the center. For food, I ordered the chicken pot pie and Jin got the fish and chips (replacing the chips with a salad).
My pot pie was really delicious, so creamy and rich. It would be the perfect meal for a cold winter day! After our meal (Late lunch? Early dinner?), we were on our way to the Willis Tower. We stopped by the Picasso sculpture along the way.
We got to skip all the lines for the Skydeck at Willis Tower because we used our CityPass and it was awesome! After we took the elevator up, it was only a short line to get to the actual deck. It was pretty cool to stand on the clear glass so high up!
After we got down from Willis Tower, we headed to another one of our food destinations – iCream Cafe. You get to pick your own combination of ice cream(s) and toppings and they make it in these cool machines with liquid nitrogen!
I chose from their list of customer favorites, the strawberry cheesecake, which had strawberry ice cream, cream cheese, graham cracker crust, and fresh strawberries in it. It was delicious.
We stuck around the area for a little while after we finished our ice cream. iCream was in a very hip and trendy neighborhood and we popped into a Crossroads to do some thrifting (one of our favorite things to do together!). I ended up getting a pretty floral dress that I wore the very next day!
We got back to our hotel around sunset and immediately headed towards Navy Pier for the fireworks that happen every Wednesday and Saturday during the summer. We walked along the lake and were treated to this view of the city in the twilight.
We sat right on the waterfront waiting for the fireworks to start. Then we saw this big, bright, semicircular object in the distance. I thought it was the dome to the planetarium or something when we noticed it rise. It was the moon! It was so huge and round and yellow/orange! It was an unbelievable moonrise.
The fireworks over the lake were pretty spectacular too.
We then rode the ferris wheel at Navy Pier. We also wanted to go on the wave swing (my favorite thing ever) but they were near closing time and we could only do one ride.
By this point we were getting hungry again (darn irregular eating schedules when traveling) so we decided to go get Italian beef (another one of the supposed must-haves in Chicago) from Portillo’s.
We agreed that it tasted like a Philly cheesesteak without the cheese, which was still delicious. So we ended this very long day with full stomachs!