The last few days were absolutely wonderful. I loved having Eric in town – we got to explore some new places together and I had the chance to take him to some of my favorites. I was so happy that he enjoyed it so much! Thursday afternoon marked Day 1 of our adventure around Chicago. Of course I had to take him to try some of that deep dish I feel I have mentioned an excessive amount of times (okay maybe just here and here).
Eric made his way downtown Thursday to meet me once I got out of a half day at work so we could go out to lunch. I’m glad the weather was beautiful so he could walk and get a feel for the city – he said the architecture was his favorite part. I agree, these buildings are pretty incredible.
Lou Malnati’s was actually my first meal here in Chi-Town and I knew Eric would love it. The location we went to was in Gold Coast, one of my favorite spots in the downtown area. We sat on the patio in some comfy chairs and enjoyed a bottle of Angry Orchard while we anxiously waited for our Malnati Chicago Classic to arrive.
As expected, it was so so delicious. The perfect cure to our hunger! We devoured as much as we could and were happy to have plenty of walking to do to help rid of the food coma. We walked out of the restaurant and I claimed I’d never be able to eat again…and then a bank was handing out free ice cream…and the Hershey’s store gave us free samples…so there went that.
Next stop was Navy Pier! I was really excited to check out this popular place again because last time I came with my family in March, and it was basically a barren wind tunnel with no one in sight. With the sun out and the holiday weekend upon us, the pier was hoppin’ that Thursday afternoon. Tons of places for food, drinks, and people in line for all sorts of boat tours. Eric and I walked all the way to the end and found a nice bench to take in the fresh breeze and deep blue water.
Later that evening, we went out to Wicker Park with my roommate Becca and her friend Alli. So much fun! We wandered around and played iPhone games and waited a ridiculous amount of time to eat at Big Star, a yummalicious Mexican street food place I had been before and loved. It was totally worth it and we left with full bellies sore from laughing.
Hope everyone had a great Fourth with family and friends! Looking forward to sharing more moments from mine throughout the week!