Now that our oldest is away at college, I feel a strong nagging as we approach losing our middle daughter to the commitment of adult life. As each year passes, traveling as a family becomes more and more difficult. I want to do as much as possible with the time we have, while they are still younger.
Our trip to Chicago was the outcome of shear determination. Once my mind was made up to get there, nothing was going to get in the way. Why had I decided I had to get to Chicago? Well, long story short…… Matt hunts in Michigan UP every November. He suggested we meet up in Michigan to spend Thanksgiving together. I agreed, but Anna had to be in Indianapolis the weekend before. I try my hardest to stretch out our trips up to see family, so I decided to head up early, and drive Anna to and from Indianapolis. Instead of driving back to Michigan, Jojo and I stayed with my Aunt Sure in South Bend. This sparked the idea of “Why not go to Chicago too?”
In order to have as much time in Chicago as possible, we hopped the South Shore Line commuter train from South Bend to Chicago. It is reasonable, more relaxing than driving, and no worries about parking in the city.
Where We Stayed
Once we arrived in the city, my friend Sandi brought us to her house, where she was gracious enough to let us stay for the next two nights. She has been renovating an old home on The South Side for several years. We slept in the renovated basement, which used to be the carriage house portion of the home. It has the original wood staircase, and beautiful exposed brick.
Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza
The famous Giordano’s was within walking distance from Sandi’s, so the girls and I walked over for dinner. Anna and Jo got to have their first Chicago deep dish style pizza.
She also told us about La Michoacana Premium, right around the corner from Giordano’s, for dessert. They make gourmet popsicles. Anna had strawberries & cream, I had pistachio, and Jojo had cookies & cream. I could not believe how many pistachios were in mine!! They we delicious!
Much more planning went into how, and when, we were arriving and leaving, than what we would actually do while there. I thank my Aunt Sue, and my girlfriends, Sandi and Kristi, for being so flexible during our travels.
Please share your hidden finds from Chicago. We would love to find new places next time we visit.