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Hubby’s Birthday Trip: Chicago Part Trois

July 1, 2013

It was hard to follow Book of Mormon and that amazing dinner, but I aimed to impress the next day as well.  My feet were beginning to heal (pun intended) but were still quite painful, so I was confined to my running shoes for the remainder of the weekend.  Hubby and I decided to take up the hotel on their offer to check out their cruiser bikes for the morning.  Hotel Allegro offers these beautiful bikes FREE OF CHARGE to the hotel guests as long as you sign their waiver.  The waiver basically says that if you lose or damage the bikes you will be required to pay for the full replacement value of the bikes…no big deal…except that the replacement value was roughly $2,000 for both bikes.  The hotel gave us helmets and a bike lock to go with the bikes, so we were set!  We rode through the Chicago Loop district looking for a place for breakfast 🙂  We ended up getting too hungry to think or adventure and stopped at the Corner Bakery for a quick bite.  We parked the bikes at the bike rack outside and sat near the window so we could see them while we ate.

Next, we took the bikes for a ride along Lake Michigan.  It was pretty cold (for Memorial Day Weekend!!!) so we decided to ride to the museum park at the end and check out the aquarium or the Field Museum.  We chose the field museum because it was less crowded than the aquarium (take note of this).  We locked the bikes up outside to the bike rack, using the lock the hotel gave us, and we looped it through both frames to make sure they couldn’t be stolen.  We LOVED the field museum and took in as much as we could.  We stayed for about an hour and a half and walked out to bike back.  As we came out of the museum, I looked over at the bike rack and my heart dropped.  I only saw one bike…

We assumed that the bike had fallen over and hurried down to check.  Sure enough, we’d be robbed.  We were in utter disbelief and exchanged several exclamatory remarks (it would have been an “earmuffs” moment if we had children).  When we began to look at the 20 other bikes locked up, we noticed something.  We were the ONLY ones that did not have a U-Lock on our bikes.  You know, the one that is made of solid steel???  We had one of those curly-q wire coated in plastic locks that could easily be cut with bolt cutters.  That is exactly what happened.

We called the hotel in a panic and announced we would be late because our bike was stolen.  I jogged the 2 miles back and Hubby road the other bike.  When we got back, we were both in bitter moods…awesome way to begin the weekend, right??  The manager was extremely apologetic and told us not to worry and they would figure something out.  Easier said than done.  However, Hubby was determined not to let this ruin his birthday weekend, so we changed and decided to go on a walking tour instead…what? Were the crooks of Chicago going to steal our shoes next??  If you reference Part Un, you’ll notice that not having shoes doesn’t prove much of a barrier for me 🙂

We headed over to Navy Pier!  (Check out Hubby’s hands 🙂  We have this joke about how he gets really awkward in solo photos and has weird hands…cracks me up!)

The pier was pretty impressive, but we aren’t really big into carnivals or carnival food.  I can see how this place would be buzzing on a warm Saturday night though!!  They even had some neat performers out and about.  Great for people watching!

Not the most complimentary photo (note: double chin), but you can tell that we love each other 🙂  Oh, and you can see the city backdrop!

Great view!

When we got back to our hotel, we were surprised with a delicious cheese and fruit plate along with a bottle of Kendall Jackson Reserve Cabernet.  They apologized again for our experience with the bikes and said they were working with their legal team to sort things out.  Although we appreciated the gesture, we decided we would have preferred to not receive the platter and have them deduct the $40 value of the cheese and wine from our $2K bike replacement bill!  We kept our chins up and headed out to the big birthday dinner I had planned for us:  Quartin0

The lighting in the restaurant was terrible but it had an authentic Chicago Italian kitchen feel.  The gluten free menu was very generous and the food AMAZING!  We were so stuffed that we rolled out of the restaurant.

Inside the restaurant…next time we go we would like to sit upstairs…much cozier!

The sampler platter was HUGE and sooo good.  $25 and this would suffice as a meal in itself for two people.

Insalata Mista…delicious.

Gluten free pasta with vodka sauce.  Absolutely delicious!  So simple too 🙂

I apologize for those photos!  Like I said, terrible lighting, but I was so busy drooling over my plate that I didn’t really care much 🙂

Have you ever been to Chicago??  What is your favorite place to eat there?? It is a foodie’s paradise!

xoxo

Alyssa

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 1, 2013 4:01 pm

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  2. JimDDS2000@aol.com permalink
    July 1, 2013 4:11 pm

    Enjoyed this — sent a comment — but, not always sure it goes thru { in fact, I doubt it! } anyway —- in the picture with your double chin

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