First Stop: Chicago

Michael and I took an early flight on the morning of Friday, July 5th from TF Green Airport in Warwick, RI to get to Chicago O’Hare International Airport to attend my friend’s engagement party! We landed at 7:30am and took a shuttle to get to our rental car site. Upon arrival, we made an executive decision to attempt to check into our hotel, which is the Holiday Inn in Skokie. We got to the hotel at 8:30am and made our inquiry. To our surprise, we were able to secure a room (non-smoking king bed), AND the gentleman at the front desk also upgraded us to a V.I.P. room at the hotel, since it was not too busy.

We grabbed our belongings and headed up to the room, which overlooks the indoor pool area. Michael selected our breakfast destination, which was Annie’s Old Fashioned Pancake House, about five minutes away from our hotel. This was definitely one of the best decisions of the day! Check out these red, white and blue pancakes we got.

They were so warm, fluffy, and absolutely delicious! The server also gave us complimentary coffees because the pancakes came out about five or ten minutes after we got the omelette we ordered. We only ate about half our meals and packed them up for breakfast tomorrow (since there is a micro fridge in our room).

After we ate breakfast, we were ready to head back to the room for some R&R before the engagement party. We had about 2 hours or so, then we were off! The church was very nicely decorated with purple, white and green balloons and candies. And, the event kicked off about 1pm in the afternoon with a nice introduction and a mime performance by the bride-to-be’s mother. We left around 3pm and took a nice walk around the neighborhood (we visited a few artsy stores), and then went back to the hotel.

I ended up making reservations to this restaurant for brunch, which I had thought was at the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), but it turned out to be at a totally different location (when we got to the Willis Tower)…I blame “Bing!” because I typically use Google, but my phone directed me to Bing’s search engine. It was so funny because we got to the Willis Tower, and saw the “Skydeck” and walked into the building through the Franklin Street entrance and the two security guards informed us the restaurant we were referring to was at a completely different building!

We ended up going through the “Skydeck” entrance, and it would have been a two-hour wait to get to the top! So, we decided to head to Millennium Park after we checked out Garrett’s Popcorn, where I got to indulge on a medium “Chicago Mix”. Michael ordered the Caramel with Pecans popcorn!

The first Falcon Travel Frisbee was placed at one of the sites near Millennium Park, and we ended up trying a Chicago Dog at Park Avenue Cafe:) sooo good!!!

Check out some of our pictures from the trip:


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