Morning workout to start off the day. We walked over to Michigan Ave to walk and shop the Magnificent Mile. It was a windy day so the weather felt drastically changing when there was no wind and when it was at a standstill. After walking the streets we ended up at Water Tower Place then to The Cheesecake Factory for lunch. I ordered the Kobe Burger that was so juicy and flavourful as well as splitting a Mango Lime Coconut Cheesecake ($20USD). The interiors of the restaurant were designed to look like Atlantis with a mixture of elements of Chicago including music notes.
We hopped on the bus and went down to Target. We continued onward and found ourselves walking the River Esplanade. The sun was shining and the wind came in spurts. I wish we had the chance to take the architecture boat tour but I guess that will be for the next time. If we came in the spring / summer I would definitely love to rent a kayak and kayak the canals.
We continued to explore the city and continued south towards Millennium Park where the sun was shining so we walked through the park which we didn’t do the previous day. We walked around the Harris Theater and made our way onto the beautiful pedestrian bridge. Walked over to Dearborn and hopped onto the bus using our Ventra card to head back to the hotel.
For dinner, we decided to stay somewhat close to home since all the walking and working out from the past 2 days started to weigh on us plus we needed to pack. We decided to spend a little more and went to Roy’s for dinner. Roy’s (720 N State St) serves up Hawaiian, Pacific Rim, American food. I ordered the Roy’s Trio which features Hibachi Grilled Salmon – Misoyaki “Butterfish”(black cod) and Roasted Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi. The salmon was the best of the 3 with pickled greens. The Misoyaki was tasty but a little salty and the black cod was a little too vinegary. I also ordered a 1988 – Finlandia Grapefruit – SOHO Lychee – Patron Citronge. The service was a little slow but the food definitely made up for it.
Since we wanted to stay close in proximity to our hotel but wanted to see some live blues / jazz, we found ourselves going to Blue Chicago (536 N Clark St) ($10USD cover) and grabbed a 312 beer ($6USD) and enjoyed the live music.
We skipped the final day workout and took our time to finish up packing and getting ready. We walked over to Yolk (747 N Wells St) for breakfast before heading out. I ordered the YOLK ALL-STAR COMBO Two eggs any style, two sausage links two slices of hickory smoked bacon & your choice of 2 pancakes, 2 crepes, 2 slices of french toast, or a half waffle ($10.50USD). Went back to the hotel to grab our bags and checked out. Hopped onto the subway at Grand and N. State (Red line) to the Blue line to O’Hare Airport – took about 45 minutes. One last thing to do before leaving Chicago – grabbing Garrett Popcorn. NOTE: Garrett Popcorn is only located in Terminal 1 & 3. A medium Garrett Mix ($6USD) and a small Almond Caramel Crisp ($4USD). Finally bean to Chicago and now I feel in the loop