Chicago, Part 2

Ready for more Chicago food?

Well, on Saturday we had to earn our food by learning about the city first. We hopped in a cab and headed to The Wrigley Building for an awesome architectural tour of downtown by riverboat.

If you’re ever in Chicago and have the desire to do the same, a word(s) of advice:

1. Sit on the top deck of the boat.

2. Despite what the tour company will tell you, get to the dock at least an hour before your scheduled tour or there will be no more seats on the top deck of the boat. (See number 1.)

3. Sit on the RIGHT side of the boat.

4. Despite what the tour company will tell you, get to the dock at least an hour before your scheduled tour or there will be no more seats on the right side of the boat. Or the top of the boat. (See number 1, 3.)

5. If you fail to follow numbers 1 and 3, please to enjoy a pleasant boat ride because the awesome architecture? Ain’t gonna see it.

So, yeah. Thanks to Wendella for that one. Boo. I tried to take a lot of pictures anyway, but the problem with that strategy is I completely lost track of what we were seeing since it never corresponded to what the tour guide was talking about. And honestly, the bottom sixth of the building isn’t the fun part anyway (usually).

I did take a lot of shots of these cool bridgehouses, though.

After our architectural tour boat ride, we walked down to the Water Tower and then checked out the absurdly long lines at Garrett’s and Giordano’s.  On JAAK’s advice, we took a cab to a less touristy location and gorged ourselves on “world famous Chicago style stuffed pizza”. Observe:

It’s not really pizza, it’s a damn cheese pie. I can’t believe I didn’t know about this sooner. Cheesecake? Disgusting. Cheese pie? Brilliant.

From there, it was off to The Second City for the 50th Anniversary Tour. Holy cow, what a blast. Really top notch performers doing really top notch sketches. And some seriously hilarious improv, too.

Whereas Friday we walked off our heavy meal (riiiight), Saturday we laughed it off. Which was good because later that night the plan was to make rockstar dinner from scratch. Spoiler alert: it did indeed go according to plan.

Final installment, part 3: Chicago food that we cooked ourselves.

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