Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Chicago or Bust!

No really, We are going to Chicago for REAL this time. As you may recall a few months ago we had plans to go to Chicago and visit Mike's BFF. Well the Army had other ideas and after buying our plane tickets, we were grounded by good 'ole Uncle Sam. We lost about $300 but thankfully we were able to transfer the rest of the money to our Vegas tickets. Well this time we are officially going. Plane tickets have been bought, dates off work have been approved, and hotels have been booked..."Ain't no stopping us now, we're on the move". I am stoked. This will be my very first trip to Oprah's Turf The Windy City.

London will be staying at home again this time. I feel like I am always leaving him to go out of town these days. In my defense, I have only left him 4 times in his whole 18 months of life. 3 of those times just happen to be in the last 4 months. I guess I'm not going to get Mommy of the Year for 2010, and just when I had started practicing my speech too. Oh well. I just can't take him with us. He has a very strict 6:30 pm bed time, that is just not conducive to exploring a new city. Let's get this straight though, he is the one who is super strict about bed time, not me. He gets hysterical if he is not in bed by 7:30 at the latest. There are only so many things that can be seen and done before 6 pm.  So London will be staying with his Grandparents (again). Besides I think a getaway with my husband is necessary every few months.

It's not like our trip to Chicago is just a little vacation though. This trip has a purpose, at least that is what I keep telling myself when I start to feel guilty. Mike's BFF is getting married and Mike is in the wedding. So you see, we have to make the trip up there. Can you hear me still trying to convince myself not to feel guilty about leaving London again? I do have to say a big thanks to said BFF for having his wedding in such a cool city like Chicago. If we have to leave London to go to a wedding, I'm really happy we get to have a  mini vacay while we are at it.

We are heading up to Chicago (I really wanted to write Chi-town, but I'm not sure if I am cool enough to pull that off) on Thursday September 2 since the wedding is on Friday night. So far we have the rehearsal on Thursday, Wedding on Friday, and Cubs game on Saturday. What else do we NEED to do while we are there?  I know we will do alot of eating because let just be honest, I love new, and hopefully good, food. Everyone keeps giving me recommendations for pizza places on Twitter. And while I fully intend on having some Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, I have a little secret. I don't actually like pizza that much. Strike that, I LOVE pizza but I hate pizza sauce. I usually get a "white" pizza or I end up lifting all my topping and wiping off as much pizza sauce as I can. It's a very messy process, which actually would be easier on the deep dish pizzas since the sauce is on top. At least I have that going for me. Hopefully I can find a pizza place that won't spit in my food when I ask for no sauce. Fingers Crossed!

Any suggestions for things that we MUST-DO while we are there?

11 comments:

Kakunaa said...

Have fun! London will be fantastic, and you will get a great break :)

Crossed Fingers said...

Shop. :) The Miracle Mile!

I hope you have a great time, I think it's great for parents to reconnect every once in a while with just the two of them. I 100% believe that if your marriage suffers, your child suffers more.

Erin said...

I think you should go and have blast!

annoyed army wife said...

I always have to go see the Shedd Aquarium and Lincoln Park Zoo every time I'm back, but I'm pretty lame so that might not be on your list. There's a great resturant called El Nandu at 2731 W. Fullerton Ave. It Argentinian and super yummy with the best sangria ever. And Sapori's at 2701 N. Halsted is also to die for - it's Italian. Can you tell we're foodies? I really liked doing the boat tour (http://www.wendellaboats.com), too. Have fun!

[Briar] . Designs said...

Just say no sauce. I hate sauce too. Have fun up there!

FaithfullyDevotedMommy! said...

I think you should let me stay at your house for the weekend (so I can "watch" it, not so that I have a free place to stay on a mini vacation with my kids at the zoo)! LOL jk I'm super jealous One day I will just let me kids spend the night away from home so that Larry and I can go on a night out in town.

P.S. I think you and Elizabeth may be tied for most journeys this summer minus children:) (what, no, I'm not jealous)

Love you

Moe said...

Chicago is one of my favorite cities!!!

You have to go see "the bean" in millenium park for sure. Navy Pier is kind of touristy...but fun and has a great view. The Magnificiant Mile (On Michigan Ave) is a must see too. Those are my top ones for now. But it's late. Maybe I'll think of more tomorrow. I'm super excited for you guys to take a trip together!!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Chicago is great! I use to go there a lot to visit family! it's definitely worth the money to go to the top of the Sears Tower. Also the Shedd Aquarium is really great. I always loved going to the Navy Pier as well. There's a great fudge shop there.

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Beth said...

You could also head over to Navy Pier or the Field Museum if you have time!

I was getting all excited when I read your post because I thought you were there now...I was going to suggest meeting up (I'm here now!), but we're going to FL for Labor day...

ryansmom said...

Have a fantastic trip and enjoy the time with your husband.

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