Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Second Day of our Second Honeymoon

To follow along on our Chicago journey and see all the posts to-date I've done, click the picture below! 
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The second morning in Chicago, we tried REALLY hard to sleep in on our very first wake up without children, but no such luck. We were up and out of the hotel by 8:30am.
First up on our first official day in Chicago was the Bean (it's really called Cloud Gate) in Millenium Park.
I know it doesn't look that amazing in pictures, but Mr. Howard and I went by there three separate times (morning, sunset, and night) because the way it reflects all the buildings in the city is truly breathtaking.
When you stood inside and looked up, it repeated itself a million times. It really was crazy.
After the bean, we went to Frank Gehry's Jay Pritzker Pavillion. I've seen pictures of this lit up at night and it is spectacular...but it is so pretty with the Chicago skyline coming through all the metal during the day, too. We sat on some benches here and drank our coffee for a while (funny story: there were geocachers who kept trying to look for a geocache under our benches - no one could find it, so I have no idea where it was!)
After that we decided to go to Oprah's studios HARPOSTUDIOS. We walked and it was about 3 miles. It was fun getting an idea of where everything was in relation to each other - so we mostly walked in the city. 
It was super windy, so I had to hold my hair down. We wanted to see an Oprah sighting, but didn't.
After that, we went to Wishbone for brunch. We had forgotten it was Father's Day and couldn't figure out why there were SO MANY people around. Wishbone is famous for their Southern Reconstruction cooking, so we wanted to get something a little more traditionally southern.
Mr. Howard had the Dixie Brunch Burger (with a fried egg on it) and I had the smoked beef brisket hash with sunnyside eggs. Holy deliciousness.
After that, we walked another mile or so to Willis Tower (previously known as Sears Tower). For those of you who haven't been there, it is the black tall building in the photo below. Can you see those four glass boxes at the very top attached to the outside of the building. Yep! We went in those!
Here's a photo a little closer up! Do you still see those four glass boxes?
Here we were going up in the elevator to the main tourism and ticket office.
I know we should be scared, but this kind of stuff doesn't bother me at all. I definitely had a little moment when I put my feet on the glass of wondering if it would hold, but other than that - we're pretty brave when it comes to height. I'm MUCH more scared of spiders and public toddler tantrums. Ha! If heights don't freak you out, I would SOOO recommend this (even if you don't like heights - I still think it's worth it to go up in the tower. You don't have to go out into the glass boxes unless you want to!). Willis Tower is 1450 feet tall, or 443 meters, and the deck is 103 floors above the ground. It's completely glass, so you can see through the bottom, sides, and top, and most eerily, you can see all the way to the ground below you. The average sway of the building was about 6 inches, but it's designed to sway up to 3 feet. I couldn't feel a thing, though. 
Here were the views from the building
The views were spectacular. They say that on a good day you can see four states: Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Here I was on the skydeck ledge. I was kneeling.
After Willis Tower, we went to Giordano's for deep dish pizza. It actually takes an hour to cook your pizza, so you have to pre-order your pizza before you even sit down. Even after we sat down, we had a good 45 minutes until our pizza was ready. Don't worry. We occupied ourselves with beer.
I even tried a new beer.
This was what the pizza looked like. We got a veggie one (because it sounded healthier than the one the hubby wanted with like 12 types of meat. Ha!). I have never had deep dish pizza like this EVER before. It tasted like a pie.
And then because Mr. Howard thought that he hadn't had enough food, he went to the Hershey store to get some sort of ridiculous dessert. I didn't even look the dessert directly in the eye, because I could tell simply looking at it, would make it fly on over and take residence on my thighs. Seriously.
Even though we had walked almost 10 miles, we felt like it might be a good idea to walk off some of that pizza and breakfast, so we walked around the Magnificent Mile and came upon the Fourth Presbyterian Church, which has been in use since 1914.  I wish I had gotten a better photo of the Gothic Church, but this was all I got. It was covered in beautiful vine.
We ended our Sunday night by watching the Game of Thrones season finale on our ipad in bed. We obviously have very clear priorities. 


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The last time we were in Chicago, we went to the Sears Tower {now-Willis. We still refer to it the old way. ;)} we went at night to see the lights of the city. Unfortunately, it was cloudy & we were only staying one night. I still went out in the glass box. Part of me, though, was glad it was foggy so that I didn't see how high up we were. :)

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Hahah! I can imagine fogginess would make it seam a whole lot less scary!! =)

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