Our trip to Chicago was brief, but we made the most of it with Tommy’s parents.
As we drove into the city, I realized that I was looking up at the building from the movie “Adventures in Babysitting.” We found parking and made our way to The Bean. We visited Navy Pier and I made Tommy ride on the Ferris Wheel. We did an architecture cruise tour. We walked around at night and checked out all the cool pieces of rock stuck on the walls of Chicago Tribune Tower. (Seriously, it was so neat!)
But I think what everybody probably enjoyed best was our trip to Eataly. Eataly is Mario Batali’s giant retail-restaurant-market-chain. There are locations in Chicago, NYC, Boston, LA, and also around the world.
The place in Chicago is massive. You’re able to do buy a glass of wine and sip while you wander around, browsing all of the fresh items in the market. You can buy bread or bruschetta to kickstart your appetite and eat it while standing at a high-top table. Then you can grab a bite at one of the counters or sit down at one of the restaurants and ciao down… fresh pasta, pizza, panini, meats, and seafood. But save room for dessert… The Eataly in Chicago has a hot chocolate bar, a Nutella bar, espresso and coffee bars, and of course… gelato.
And because we didn’t have enough Italian at Eataly, we went to Geno’s East for deep dish pizza the next day!