First I have to say I went to hot yoga during lunch today after missing it for the last 5 days. I’m not sure I’ve gone that long without a class since I started over a year ago. a typical week finds me at the studio 5 or 6 times and even after a 5 day hiatus, I could tell a difference. It definitely felt good to sweat it all out!
Ok, on to the whirlwind tour of Chicago recap. My meetings started on Tuesday afternoon, so my friend Carmen and I went in on Monday evening to squeeze in some play time. We started our trip off right with pizza. You can’t go to Chicago without eating pizza, but neither of us likes the Chicago-style deep dish (gasp!), so we asked our concierge for a local place that had thin crust. She pointed us in the direction of Pizano’s saying it was one of the staff’s favorites.
We got a pepperoni pizza with black olives, onion, green peppers on just my side. It was a perfectly crispy-crusted round pizza with square pieces. We also had a glass of wine and salads. Perfect!
After a good night’s sleep at the Palmer House Hilton, I woke up early to get in my usual hour cardio before we headed out for some shopping. Nordstrom Rack, Filene’s Basement, Anthropologie, H&M, and Urban Outfitters were all within walking distance and I have to admit I did a little damage 🙂
Next on the list was the Art Institute Museum
We had a couple of hours to peruse the many beautiful works by the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, etc. It’s really cool to see famous paintings you’ve always seen in books in real life. Some are way smaller than I thought they’d be. Of all the masterpieces, though, this was my favorite
Haha! I couldn’t help it. “Boy on Ram”. So simple and for some reason funny to me. I’m sure it’s a meaningful piece for one reason or another, but since I’m no art historian, it made me laugh.
We had lunch at the museum cafe and then booked it back to the hotel to change into our suits and head to the meeting.
Several hours later we were freed and our last stop on our Chicago-in-a-day tour was the Hamilton Observatory. It is a wonderful place to view the city and look out over lake Michigan.
We had to take pictures through the glass at night, so they didn’t turn our great. It was pretty amazing in real life.
We headed down one floor after getting our fill of the view (and admittedly a bit of a dizzy feeling) to the Signature room for dinner. I had a fantastic Scottish Salmon and a coffee with Kailua. It was served in a big goblet and tasted yummy! Points for taste and presentation on both items.
I had to remove some of the whip cream because it was overkill, but I loved the way it looked.
All in all, we had a blast even if it was a bit of a rush to fit everything in. I’m sure we missed a few things, but that’s just an excuse to go back, right?