As we continued exploring around the city, Martha & Darrel decided that they really wanted to see the “Sears Tower” (which is no longer the correct name, but that’s what everyone still calls it!). It’s pretty close to our apartment but we really didn’t know that so we … ubered it again! The building grounds are really beautiful, and it was fun to see all the tourists coming for the attraction. The “attraction” is really quite simple. This is what it says on the ticket booth: “Step outside the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck.” So, you stand in a long line to pay $20.00 to go up 103 stories (yes, I said 103) in an elevator to wait in another line that allows you to walk into a glass enclosed perch (the “Sky Deck“) giving you an amazing view of the entire city, 4 states, and the lake (that looks like an ocean). If you look at the 2nd pic, look at the top left of the building under the white columns. You will notice 4 little rectangular shapes coming out of the side of the building. These are the 4 “sky decks.”
So, Martha & Darrel (God bless them!) decided to go for it! They took the elevator to the 103rd Floor of the Sears Tower and actually stood on the perch, giving them a sense of “standing on thin air” … I think Darrel really enjoyed it, don’t you?
Since it wasn’t on our bucket list (no reason, just isn’t!), Eddie and I waited for them on the ground, enjoying the feeling of the earth under our tennies! Whew!
After all that movement, we were hungry. So, Eddie took us to another little gem that he had tried a couple of weeks earlier, and we knew we were in for a treat! This little secret, however, was shared with us by a good friend of mine at Holy Name of Mary. Jose Guadalupe and Mary Gonzalez gave me the contact information for their cousin’s restaurant located right here in Chicago. “Nuevo Leon Restaurant” located in the Pilsen neighborhood is a place you won’t want to miss. When we arrived, the line was snaking out the door and down the street so we got in to wait our turn. At last, we were taken to our table to begin the feast! And let me tell you … the food started coming, and coming, and coming … all before we even placed our order! I spotted a man that I thought might be the owner, so we went over to introduce ourselves to him. We said, “Senor, are you the owner of this restaurant?” And he said, “it depends on who’s asking!” I cracked up and said, “well, I am a good friend of your cousin, Jose Guadalupe, from La Verne, California.” He was so happy to hear that and told me that his cousin, “Lupe” is a very religious man, a very good man. I said, “yes, that’s my friend, Guadalupe, for sure!”
It was a pleasure to meet Mr. Daniel Gutierrez and not just because the food kept arriving at our table (that’s what happens when you “know” the owner! haha!) When Daniel came over to our table to meet the rest of the gang, it turns out that Daniel’s mother-in-law lives down the street from where Darrel grew up! Daniel knew the exact house Darrel lived in! What a small world right?
Anyway, after our feast ended, we literally couldn’t move … and a good thing too because at just that moment a 9 piece mariachi troope showed up and began serenading us (well not just us, but everyone in the restaurant!). After rolling out of there, we can confidently say … “We’ll be back Daniel! Hasta manana, y manana, y manana!”
It turned out to be a great start to our Father’s Day celebration, celebrating two great guys who are wonderful dads. Our kids are blessed to have them as role models and friends, and we are blessed to have them as great hubbies and the best friends we could ever ask for. We love you guys!
I hope your Father’s Day celebration was filled with fun and that God blesses you so that you’re able to share many more happy memories with that special “Dad” in your life. Ok, we’ll talk to you tomorrow!