We spent a great weekend in the Windy City. It definitely lived up to its name as a cold front came through just in time for our arrival. The temperature stayed a brisk 64 degrees for most of our stay, but the Pirate still felt at home in his tropical shirts and flip flops. You can take the Pirate out of the Caribbean, but you can’t take the Caribbean out of the Pirate.
We enjoyed catching up with Jim at Trader Vics for a fun evening of Mai Tais, food and laughs. We believe some business was conducted as well. Back in the 1940’s, Trader Vics was the originator of the Mai Tai cocktail. They still make the best Mai Tai we have ever tasted, shaken well with chipped ice in a frosted glass with a orange/cherry/pineapple spear. They are so good, you forget about their potency! We had too many to count and then made our way to the Underground Wonderbar to hear some live jazz. The Wonderbar is a local joint that has a great vibe. It reminds us of the type of place you would find in New Orleans, especially the Marigny.
After a late night of carousing, there is no better way to welcome the day than catching a game at Wrigley Field. We hopped the train to Wrigley and watched the Cubs play the Mets. While we are not huge Cubs fans, there is no better place to watch baseball than Wrigley Field! We then spent the afternoon walking downtown and shopping. We found some fabulous deals and shipped all of our purchases back home to avoid paying the sales tax. Chicago has a 10.25% sales tax! Incredibly steep.
One of the highlights of our trip was being able to visit Aunt Sylvia and Uncle Al and the whole clan in Lombard. Everyone came out to visit us and it was wonderful to see them all. Aunt Sylvia went out of her way to make us feel welcome and prepared a huge and delicious meal. We left happy and stuffed. On the way back to the city, we drove through the Pirate’s old neighborhood and even stopped at Gene and Jude’s for some authentic Chicago Red Hots. They were awesome.
Chicago is always a fun time. We did all of the quintessential Chicago things- deep dish pizza, strolling Michigan Ave and State Street, lunch at the Berghoff, and pictures in front of the Bean at Millennium Park. We can’t wait to go back again next year!