Monthly Archives: June 2008

good night chicago

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my time in chicago has come to an end. here’s my final thoughts:

are toilet seat covers just a west coast thing? i mean, they don’t have them in boston and new york…chicago too? the only place i found them was at the hyatt. hmph!

we spent an obscene amount of money on cabs. we would have taken the train or walked more if it weren’t unbearably MUGGY and HUMID! i mean, i even caved in to the typical ugly american tourist stereotype – wearing tennis shoes! (i know, i can hardly believe it myself). why couldn’t one of the dozens of cabs we took been the cash cab?!?

speaking of muggy and humid, the weather was a real downer. one minute the sun is out, the next rain is falling. it frizzed my hair. and drained every bit of energy out of me. there was so much more to see and do in the city but who could stand the heat?!?

it must be tough to be a vegetarian in this town. everywhere you turn there’s a steakhouse on the corner. and no matter what the restaurant is, steak is always on the menu. its the first town i’ve been in where i didn’t find decent seafood.

but all in all, its a great american city. the heartland. probably the most american city. and its true what they say about the people – genuinely, friendly and sincere.

but so far my theory still proves true – san francisco is the best!

MUGGY AND HUMID

We took Wendella’s Architectural Boat Tour that sailed down the Chicago River and out to Lake Michigan.
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This is the Wrigley Building
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Sears Tower
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We loved the marine air on Lake Michigan
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Chicago Skyline
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We went to the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park
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Then found Buckingham Fountain (its in the opening credits of Married with Children)
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Walked along the Chicago Harbor desperately looking for a/c
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Soldier Field
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We had a crappy dinner at Japonais
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Hanging out in Millenium Park
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Zed451

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We went to Zed451 for dinner. Its this super cool, upscale restaurant on Clark St in downtown Chicago. It has a chic vibe and is very popular among the urban crowd, as evident by the overflooring bar!

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They offer an all-inclusive menu. First you start with an all-you-can-eat bar of gourmet salads, soups, breads, vegetables, side dishes, etc. I loved the sweet potato dish and the sauteed wild mushrooms. The mini herbed-biscuits with tangerine butter was super ono too!

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When you’re ready to begin your main course, you place a river rock near your place setting. This signals to the servers that you’re ready to begin.

Each server carries with them a skewer of different meats like lamb, beef, mahimahi, ribs, chicken, shrimp – all prepared in a variety of flavors. They rotate through the different tables, offering you a serving of their dish.

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Everything was excellent, but the ribeye and mahimahi were especially tasty! You need to save your pennies to dine here regularly, but its completely worth it! Guys -this is your best bet for a swanky all-you-can-eat place.