Well, I really hate it when you guys leave, but it “sorta” makes up for it when someone else is on the way! So, before the girls left, we spent our last day cramming as many things as we could into the day. We took the bus down to visit the Museum of Science and Industry …
Then back up to the Art Institute …
and finally, made a wish at the fountain inside the famous Marshall Field’s Department Store (which is really Macy’s but nobody calls it that!) …
We’re hoping our wishes of them returning soon come true! These two crazy girls are a bunch of fun when they’re together and there’s not a moment to miss! They are a blessing to one another and also to us! But alas, the time came. We sent them off with hugs and kisses and said, “so long” to Marissi and Choochie … see you again soon!!
But then … guess who’s back??? In the very next moment, we were able to say, “Welcome Back” to Tina!!
Woohoo! My exploring buddy is back! Tina was able to make her way back to us in between work trips out here in the “Mid West”! This is her third time to visit us, and by now, she knows the city almost as well as I do!
On the first day, we started with Tina’s favorite morning beverage … a “cup of Joe” … or in this case, an “Affogato,” which I learned is Italian for “dessert for breakfast”! Haha!! Since I had no idea what she was drinking, I had to look it up! Here’s what I found:
An affogato (Italian, “drowned”) is a coffee-based dessert. It usually takes the form of a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso. Some variations also include a shot of amaretto, Bicerin or other liqueur. It is considered one drink, not a combination of coffee and ice cream.
I gotta give it to her though, because this place is soooo cute!! It’s literally on a brick stoned alley, in a brick building, in a space about 5 feet wide. If you don’t know it’s there, you will miss it … and believe me … a lot of people know it’s there!! For you coffee lovers out there, you’re going to want to hit up this place!
After she filled up, we continued by taking a walk through the park to make our way “up town” … the park is in full “spring” mode, which by the way, my allergies are not at all happy about! But, the flowers are beautiful and the buds on the trees make you remember that life is about change.
When we reached the river, Tina and I hopped on the famous (and fun) Architectural River Tour for my “first tour” of this season! By the time you get here, I’ll be a pro at it!
It was such a lovely day and a perfect one to be on the river. Yes, I know my hair is crazy, but that’s because there was a little wind on the river … and you know my hair has a mind of it’s own!!
After our tour, we needed a little protein so we headed over to our favorite little “Shake Shack” for some tasty burgers and fries!
In the summer, those big glass “garage doors” behind us will go up and the sunshine comes in! These Chicago stomps sure know how to make the best of their “in and out” spaces!!
Next stop? The Fourth Presbyterian Church. You know, that place famous for the movie, “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” Tina wanted to check out the architecture since we had just been on the tour and we felt like experts.
Fourth Presbyterian Church Architecture
Since 1914, more than 8 million people have entered under the carved stone tympanum over the Michigan Avenue entrance to Fourth Presbyterian Church.
The “tympanum” is the arched stone carving that sits above the doors. I didn’t know it was such a big deal or I would have taken pictures of it for you. Apparently, I was more impressed with the inside.
After all that exploring, we logged over 20,000 steps and met up with Eddie at a new chicken joint for dinner.
“The Roost – Carolina Kitchen” is The Place to Eat Fried Chicken!! Let me just say that for those of us who are “Donahue’s Chicken” fans, well, this one takes the coop!! OMG, their fried chicken is to die for! And their biscuits, you ask??? I cannot think of a better homemade southern biscuit that I’ve ever eaten!! I’m not sure if you can see, but Tina caught Eddie and I in the window, both snapping pictures of our food. Frankly, I’m surprised she didn’t catch us stuffing our faces!! Oh well, it would have been worth it! HAHA!
It was a great way to start our visit! But we have so much more to see!!
Ok, talk to you tomorrow!