Tours & Tea

Friday morning was upon us and we still had so much to do!  We definitely wanted to have a little fun though so we took the Crazy Crime Tour first thing in the morning!  This was a different tour company than the other ones we have tried, but it was just as great!  So much history in this town!  And it still kinda creeps me out to know about all the “bad guys” that ruled around here in the hey day!  Capone, Bugs Moran, John Dillinger and his “Lady in Red.”  It’s so weird to make it real … this is just “movie” stuff, right?  Um, No!  It all happened right here in downtown Chicago!  Thanks Be To God that era is over!

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Al Capone's Speakeasy at the top of the building where the green is

Al Capone’s Speakeasy was at the top of the building where the green scaffolding is now.

The “Jewelry Building” housed Al Capone’s private speakeasy, with an elevator in the center of the building that was big enough to hold his car!  He never got out until he got in!

The tours ends at Holy Name Cathedral which is of course, a big draw here in Chicago.  This place is beautiful inside and out, but it too, has it’s own “mob” history.

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That was a fun couple of hours touring the city by way of Prohibition!  Kind of gets you thirsty!  But I’ve got a solution for that!

I know that some of you out there think I’m crazy, but I just LOVE going to afternoon tea.  Remember that I went once already since I’ve been here … the cheapest tea place that Chuchi found that was fabulous?  Well, we’re going there again!  And that takes care of the thirsty problem!

This tea place is so cool.  Nothing opulent or over the top, just a good old place to stop for a “spot of tea”!  Part of the fun of this place is the hotel and the neighborhood that it’s in.  It’s just outside of the Loop so it’s a little less “traffic-ey” than being right downtown.  It was about a mile walk from our tour ending, but it’s a great walk … or if you’d rather, a very short “El” ride on the green line.  Either one is good because you’ll see different views on each of them.  We did both.  Walked to and El’d back.

The walk to the The Allis runs up Clark Street, along the river, and through the old “packing district,” so it’s very interesting, with some great historical sites to see and beautiful views of the city skyline.

We arrived just in time for our 1:30 reservation and ready for a few hours of snacking and chatting and drinking lots and lots of tea!

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There’s really nothing that compares to delicious food being served to you and time with your girlfriends.  Being able to sit around and chat without having to say, “oh let me get you this” or “do you need more that”?  Don’t get me wrong.  I love being able to serve up a good tea party, but when you’re being served … it’s all the more wonderful!

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Check out those tea trays … filled with finger sandwiches, scones, lemon curd and clotted cream, banana bread, chocolate cake, and so much more.  There was no way we were going to finish all of that and our tea, but we gave it our best shot!  Everything was delicious and you can’t beat the company!

And I know you’re never going to believe this, but we ended the day with … MORE FOOD!  Eddie found a great Greek restaurant for us and we just couldn’t say no!  So off we went to Greek Town and the delicacies of fine Greek food.  The Athena is a generous host for anyone in the mood for Greek food and good wine.

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The service was over-the-top and the food and drink even more.  It was a wonderful end to a wonderful day.  We decided to take a walk home … because that’s what we do when we eat like this … and it was a perfect night for a walk.

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I know it looks cold, but it’s really not once you get walking … by the time we got home, we were warm and feeling good enough for another cup of tea to get us ready for bed.  Another night, another hop on the bed, and chatting til midnight … you know the drill when you’re with the girls!

Ok, talk to you tomorrow!

 

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One thought on “Tours & Tea

  1. Joannie says:

    Hi Sweetie! I am so glad that this whole Chicago experience is so wonderful for you, and you always make us feel like we are there! I hope your Christmas was wonderful! Love you! Can’t wait to see you in Feb.

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