Our Anniversary to Italy: Part 3 – One Day in Chicago

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Emily Jablon:  Daraius and I went to Europe in September to celebrate our 2nd anniversary for ~2 weeks.  It was my first time in Italy so I was very excited!  In Italy, we visited Varenna on Lake Como, Milan, Venice, and Rome.

Since we were in Europe, we visited a friend in Strasbourg, France and also spent a night in Zurich.  We started our trip with a one day layover in Chicago to see friends!

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Emily Takes Daraius Window Shopping!

Our Anniversary To Italy – Trip Report Index:

A Day In Chicago

The Park Hyatt, Chicago is very well located right off Michigan Avenue (the shopping area).  Strolling around the hotel, you come across many expensive shops such as Gucci and Bottega Vanetta.

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Emily Window Shopping at  Bottega Vanetta

There was even a Bentley and Ferrari shop, and Daraius wanted to go in.

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Emily Appreciating a Car

I liked the luxurious Bentleys and Rolls Royces while Daraius preferred the sleek and sporty Lamborghinis and Ferraris.

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Daraius’ Preferred the Ferrari

At ~$500,000 each, we were dreaming!  Daraius pointed out that the “Dealer Options” on the Rolls-Royce cost more than a regular car!

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A Rolls-Royce Phantom Costs ~$500,000!

A ~5 minute walk from the hotel is American Girl Place, which is every little (and big) girl’s dream.

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American Girl Doll in a Convertible

Dining In Chicago

We stopped at the Hershey’s store, where you can get a pick-me-up.

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Emily Splurging at the Hershey Store

And we also passed a Ghiradelli store.

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Daraius Outside the Ghirardelli Store

There were many cafes and restaurants within a few minutes walk from the Park Hyatt, Chicago including Potbelly

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Potbelly Sandwich Shop

…and Giordano’s for Chicago-styled pizza.

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Giordano’s Stuffed Pizza

There was even a hotdog stand called Downtown Dogs, just behind the Park Hyatt.  Here’s a Google map with the Park Hyatt & a few of the above locations.

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Downtown Dogs Hot Dog Restaurant

For dinner that evening, I met my friend Anna who lives off of Irving Park.  We went to Spaccanapoli, which is a popular Italian restaurant.

We had a mushroom and Italian sausage pizza, wine, tiramisu, and a digestive for dinner.  Her boyfriend Steve came to meet us during dinner, and we had fun chatting about living in the city, travels, etc.

Daraius had some work to do so he went to Water Tower Place, which was across the street from the hotel…

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Water Tower Place At Night

…and went to Wow Bao for steamed pork buns.

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Daraius Went to Wow Bao for Dinner

He thought they were delicious!  And a good deal at $9.49 for 6 pieces.

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Daraius had 6 Baos for $9.49

Exploring Chicago

There was also a Walgreen’s right across the street, which also sold Chicago souvenirs.  Too bad it wasn’t a CVS though!

Daley Plaza & and Grant Park are also a 10 to 15 minute walk away.  On a previous visit to Chicago, we went for an architecture filled walk down Michigan Avenue.

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Emily and Daraius on an Architecture Walk on Michigan Avenue

We also visited the Bean.

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Daraius and Emily at the Bean

And posed for pictures at the Bean.

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Emily and Daraius Hamming it up at the Bean

We walked along the Chase Promenade

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We Walked Along Chase Promenade

…and saw the Jay Pritzer Pavillion.

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Chicago also has excellent architecture boat tours that take you around downtown Chicago in a boat along the Chicago River.

The tours are excellent and we would highly recommend going!  Daraius and I have been a few times, and went with his family when they came to visit last year.

Wendella boat tours are very good and cost ~$29 per adult ticket including taxes and fees.

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Wendela Boat Tours Are $29 Per Person

The Chicago Architecture Foundation boat tours are also good but cost more at ~$46 per adult ticket including taxes and fees.

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Chicago Architecture Foundation Boat Tours are $46 Per Person

Chicago also has excellent museums, including the Natural History Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, and the Chicago Art Institute.  Last year, we spent hours at the Chicago Art Institute and only saw one wing of the collection!

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36 responses to “Our Anniversary to Italy: Part 3 – One Day in Chicago

  1. D,
    I believe you’re standing next to a Ferrari spyder (not quite sure the model), but the Lamborghini is the black car behind you.

  2. Looks like you missed the snow!

  3. Darius!

    So how did you you transfer from the airport
    To downtown and back?

    Thanks!

    John

  4. Great pics, and a great city! BUT, no bowtie?

  5. C’mon Daraius. Find a way to buy that Ferrari on points!

    • @Jana Miller – We were there in September, but there certainly is a lot of snow today!

      @John – We rented a card for 1 day.

      @JakePB – LOL!

      @John K – You only need to spend $12.5 million on a 2% cash back card to get $250,000 for the card! 🙂

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