Our day in Crete and Pizza in Chicago

Trip Start Jun 10, 2010
Trip End Jun 14, 2010

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Events at my aunt's farm in Crete were scheduled to begin at noon, so we got an early start that morning to pick up the rental car and head south. 

The car rental pickup was a few blocks from the hotel.  On our walk, we watched city workers cleaning up confetti left on the streets from the previous day's Blackhawks victory parade.  We also happened upon The Picasso in Daley Plaza. 

Crete is 30-40 miles south of the Loop but took us about an hour and a half driving time to get there from the city due to heavy traffic.  As we were leaving the city, Andy directed my attention to Cellular Field, home of the White Sox.
My aunt has a beautiful farm in Crete and some very sweet furry companions.  Snowflake, a friendly white resident of my aunt's farm, greeted everyone she could and invited anyone passing by to pet her.  We were happy to oblige.  

About 6 months ago, my aunt and uncle started planning this big event on their farm.  At the time, it was to be a celebration of their life together. However, only a couple of weeks before the celebration my uncle passed away.  His wishes were that my aunt would carry out the plans for the event.  He was a jovial soul who would want people to have a great time.  My aunt carried out his request. That day she was surrounded by those who loved and respected my uncle, who mourned his death but celebrated their own special memories with him. My aunt was also honored by everyone there for her unwavering commitment to my uncle and the love they shared. They were married nearly 39 years.

The memorial service for my uncle commenced at noon. My dad led a couple of congregational songs, the minister spoke some kind and thoughtful words in memory of my uncle and comforting words for the loved ones left to mourn. The minister's brother led us in a closing song and then my aunt spoke a few words to conclude the service as well as to direct our focus on the events of the day.  

Most of the kids enjoyed the moonwalk while the older "kids" enjoyed a game of cornhole.                 

My aunt planted a Spruce Pine in memory of a former coworker who passed away last year.  

At the end of the day, it started raining but all was fine....a blue grass band set up under a tent and started playing for everyone.  

Andy and I said our goodbyes and headed back to Chicago.  We were able to drop the rental car off at Midway Airport and take the train to the Loop.  Back at the hotel, we put on some warmer clothes and ventured back out for dinner.  Deep dish pizza was on our radar!

It was a 45 minute wait at Giordano's so we walked across the street and went into the Skydeck at the top of the Willis Tower.  I didn't realize I was afraid of heights, but then again I had never been 1,353 feet above ground....looking straight down!  I inched myself onto one of the decks just long enough for Andy to take a few pictures.  I didn't look down. On the architectural river cruise we learned the decks move in, flush with the side of the building for the automatic window washers.  I think that would have made me more nervous had I known that at the time I was sitting there. The Skydeck is the highest observatory in Chicago and offers spectacular views of the city on a clear day.  We were lucky to get views at sunset on a fairly clear day. 

After recommendations from a few people and research of our own, we knew Giordano's was a must for our Chicago Deep Dish Pizza experience - and we were NOT disappointed!  We got the smallest stuffed pizza available and still had a slice left (I really hated having to leave it too!)  10 inches of homemade deep dish crust stuffed with cheese, pepperoni and Canadian bacon.  YUM! http://www.giordanos.com/

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