Looking for something to do during summer in Chicago that doesn’t include going to the top of a skyscraper? Want a little adventure and a lot of eating? I got you covered…
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If you’re a foodie like me, then walk, run, hitchhike, it doesn’t matter. Just get yourself to Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe . This is an absolute MUST! There are several locations, but the new one on E. Pearson St. in Downtown is a great starting location for our adventure since everything we’re doing is downtown. I started my morning at the one in Schaumburg, but that’ll change next time.
Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe in Schaumburg, Ill.
BE CAREFUL! The servings are huge, and we have a lot of eating to do today but don’t worry, you’re going to walk it off. Please don’t eat like this every day. I’m begging you.
This is the 2 Egg breakfast which, includes a pancake on the side. However, you’re able to sub other items. The choices are ridiculous, and I had the most amazing Caramel Apple Pecan French Toast. My wife went for the Banana Coconut Creme Pancakes topped with Walnuts. I would go back to Chicago just for this place.
Now, it’s time to head to our next destination. No matter where you start from, try to head South on Michigan Ave. (AKA The Magnificent Mile). There are tons of shops and things to see. Just keep walking. I’m trying to save you money. Just keep walking. Till you reach Millennium Park.
Views from the Riverwalk…
Here’s a few shots from the rest of our walk…
I caught this Window Washer in action.
When you arrive at Millennium Park, take in all the sites. It’s a great place to relax, get wet, and people watch. There were so many great shots to take, and believe it or not, I’m holding back from overloading you…
Time for lunch! There are sooo many food places where we are going, but I’m taking you to a Chicago tradition for the locals. We’re going to Portillo’s Hot Dogs . I got the Chili Dog w/Cheese. Oh so gooooood. Don’t worry, they have really good salads too if you’re going to insist on eating healthy today, but really, please stop that.
After Portillo’s go East 9 blocks to the coast of Lake Michigan. At N. Lake Shore Dr. there are plenty of underpasses to cross the road…
Once across the road, head North and go to Lincoln Park for the most amazing views of the Skyline, as well as concrete and sand beaches where you can jump in Lake Michigan, play volleyball, or just relax on the shore. the long walk is worth it for the spectacular view. See? You shoulda went for the hot dog instead of that stupid salad! You also have the option of going South to Navy Pier, and ride the ferris wheel, but we went North. Here’s some shots…
And now for my favorite part of the day! If you do nothing else from my suggestions, you must go kayaking in the Chicago river. This was the most amazing time! We rented our kayaks through WaterRiders . They were very courteous, extremely helpful and I would definitely rent through them again. Don’t forget to wear your swim clothes because water does get in the kayak at times.Trip-tip 4:
Check out the view!!
Kayaking will take a couple hours. Now that you’ve burned off that chili dog, it’s time for dinner, and tonight we’re having authentic Chicago style deep dish pizza! The great debate between locals… Giordano’s or Lou’s? Tonight we’re going to Lou Malnoti’s . Be prepared to wait! When we got there they had a 30min. wait, but they let you place your order for your pizza with the to-go person before being seated. By the time we were seated, we still had at least 15mins before the pizza was to come out. Quite a bit different from that of Gennaro’s in New Braunfels! We started off with the calamari. There were no legs. Just beautiful, fat rings of meat… and the sauce, oh my!
Next came the Pizza. So full of rich sauce and toppings. We ordered a large for 4 people. I ate the most (whaaaat?) with 2 slices. Everyone else barely got past 1. Buncha Sissies.
After dinner, and if you time everything right, you can head back to the shore and watch the fireworks they shoot off from Navy Pier. The show is only on Wednesdays and Saturdays though, and the timing changes. So, check the schedule on the website.
I know we’ve done a lot of eating today, but there’s one last thing you have to try or at least take to go. Head over to Garrett for Kettle Popcorn, and ask for a bag of the mixed. It’s a mixture of caramel and cheese kettle corn. You’ll never be satisfied with simple popcorn, or any other kettle corn again!Trip-Tip 5:
Enjoy your day!