First up, Jason had booked a Pizza Tour. We met at the meeting point, Pizano's, and joined our tour guide and a group of about 15 people. The guide was awesome and full of knowledge about pizza and the city of Chicago. At Pizano's we tried a deep dish pizza and a thin crust sausage pizza. We then boarded their company bus and went to Coalfire. Here, we tried some pizzas made by a coal burning oven. Their specialty was to add whipped ricotta on the top. We had 2 types and they were both delicious. In fact, I would have to say that was my favorite stop. Next, we headed to Pequod's, for another version of deep dish pizza. Wow! It was topped with lots of cheese and meat- quite tasty and filling. Our last stop was called Flo and Santo's where we had another version of thin crust pizza. We were told this place was like a fusion between Italian and Polish cuisine. On one, the toppings were unique to Chicago, since they were topped with giardiniera (pickled veggies). Overall, we had an awesome time on the tour. Our guide didn't just tell us about pizza- he also shared Chicago trivia/facts and pointed out places as we rode on the bus from one pizzeria to the next. We also loved chatting with the other people in our group. It was fun to get to know others and share about our traveling experiences. We would absolutely do another food tour!
We treated ourselves to breakfast before heading off to the Chicago Art Institute.
Walking along the pedway to go catch the next L Train, I convinced Jason to make a quick stop at the Chicago Cultural Center. We found some unexpected treasures- look at this beautiful Tiffany glass dome!
Here's me looking at you looking at me! :)
I call this our All-American day. Jason is not a Chicago Cubs fan, but as a baseball fan, he couldn't pass up the chance to tour the historic Wrigley Field. Even though I am not a baseball fan, I really enjoyed the tour! The guide was passionate about his Cubs and it was neat to see the stadium through his eyes.
In the Visitors changing room
In the pressbox
On the field
From there, we headed over to Hot Doug's, a very well known hot dog place. It was worth the wait in line!
Here are a few more random pictures...