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Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
50Trip End Nov 02, 2010
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Kim & Pat's House (Brit's uncle & aunt)
* Before we left Indian Dunes National Lakeshore, we hiked up Mount Baldy. To be honest we don’t remember Baldy’s claim to fame, something like "largest moving dune on the east shore of Lake Michigan," or something like this. Regardless of the superlative, this was a big hike for us. When Mick wasn’t using his crutches, Brit was helping out with a piggy-back ride, so both of us got a workout. When we got to the top, the sand felt perfect (fine and white), and the view of the lake was beautiful. After a few minutes of soaking it all in, Brit decided ran down the sand dune and into her favorite body of water – see the video below.
* After Mount Baldy, and before our hour drive to Chicago, we decided to take a swim in Lake Michigan, as it was a pretty warm day and probably our last opportunity to swim on this trip
* We arrived at Brit’s Uncle and Aunt’s house, in a northern suburb of Chicago, with time to clean up a bit before they both got home. Brit’s Aunt Pat made a awesome lasagna for dinner, and her Uncle Kim made sure to keep our wine glasses full. Brit’s cousins, Michael and Matthew, came over for dinner too. It had been a year since Brit saw everyone, so it was a great catch-up time.
* Our first full day in Chicago, Brit took Mick to her hometown, Evanston. It was a beautiful fall day, so we grabbed a bag lunch at Potbelly’s in downtown Evanston, and then walked through the Northwestern Campus. Brit showed Mick her favorite childhood hideout, in addition to the crazy fish that kept her and her brother entertained year-round – see video below.
* Meet up Brit’s childhood friend Adam, saw his pad at the University of Illinois Chicago, and then headed to his favorite Greek pastry shop, followed by his favorite pizza place, Ian’s, in Wrigleyville. This pizza was crazy creative. We shared a mac n’ cheese slice, a meatloaf slice, a lasagna slice, and then a peach cobbler slice
* Katie, girlfriend of Brit’s cousin Michael, works for the Trump Tower, Chicago’s newest skyscraper. She invited us downtown and took us up to the penthouse, which was reserved for Trump himself, but is now on the market for 35 million! This floor had a 360 degree view of Chicago, and offered the best view we could have ever hoped to enjoy of the city.
* Brit and Mick explore Millennium Park, which is home to some of the most interactive public art ever (and makes for some fantastic people watching)!
* Brit and Mick get their hair cut, thank goodness. Brit gets her haircut by the guy who cut her hair from age 4 – 15.
* Brit takes Mick to her favorite restaurant in the world, Clarke’s. Mick is surprised that their Baked Blueberry Pancake doesn’t look anything like a pancake.
* Ever since New York, Mick has been excited about seeing the new animated owl movie, “Legend of the Guardians: Owls of the Ga’hoole.” Although Brit protested a bit, the movie did turn out to be VERY entertaining, and we’ve been quoting the film ever since.
* The Murlas family takes us out for the best Greek food we’ve ever had (Brit’s fam is of Greek descent). We over-ordered, which is par for the course with this gang, stuffed ourselves, and then went home with a bag full of left overs.
* Meet up great family friends of Brit, Kim, Richard, and Drew Garza, for breakfast at this rockin’ local organic joint. We ended up eating, talking, drinking for almost 3 hours.
* Meet up with Brit’s best friend from middle/high school, Bertha and her 5-year old son Isaiah, who is one of the best kids we’ve ever met. We took Bertha and Isaiah for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory on Michigan Avenue (Brit still had a gift certificate there from graduation). Very enjoyable evening!
* Brit and Mick take Isaiah to Brit’s favorite museum, the Museum of Science and Industry. And, we were able to get there on FREE day, which made even better. Isaiah was very entertained, but who wouldn’t be? We saw a German submarine, a lightning maker, a 150 foot long train set, and still had time to climb a few tractors and see baby chicken hatching.
* Then we took Isaiah on a architectural boat tour down the Chicago River. By the end of the 90-minute tour, Isaiah was a little tired, but chiefed it out. The tour was very worth the ticket price, we appreciate Chicago’s varied architecture much more now.
* We got some informal hang out time with Brit’s Uncle Kim, which was a lot of fun. We talked about everything from the economy and sports to Dancing with the Stars. Kim took us out for Chicago style hot-dogs one night.
* Brit takes Mick to one of her favorite childhood somethings for the last time. Novelty Mini-put was as entreating as Brit remembered, but not exactly accessible, as it was built in 1949. Then met up with Brit’s friend Mona for ice cream
$40 – Gas
$12 – Sandwiches at Potbelly’s in Evanston
$24 – Lunch at Clarke’s
$16 – Owl Movie in Evanston
$10 – Tip at the Cheesecake factory
$12 – Sandwiches in downtown Chicago before the cruise
$60 – Chicago Architectural Cruise
$15 – Mini-put
$ 4 – Ice cream