Weekend in Chicago

Mel and I decided to take off for Chicago this weekend for no reason other than because we could. We’re starting to get a little bit paranoid that our lives are about to end as soon as Kung Pao shows up, so it felt good to go on a trip before babies take over our lives.

We bought a hotel room through Hotwire, which I’d never heard of before, but apparently all the cool kids are doing it. You get to specify an area of the city that you’d like a hotel in, and it tells you the price. What it doesn’t tell you is which hotel you’ll be staying at. So it’s a little bit of a risk, I guess, because you could end up staying someplace bizarre. But we lucked out and wound up at the Chicago Hilton for less than a third of the usual price. SCORE FOR US! Except that since I’m just a Country Bumpkin, I pretty much have zero appreciation for things rich people like, and I would have been just as happy staying at the Super 8. But whatevs. The place was nice – even if they did stick us in a “parlour room,” which means it didn’t have a bed and so we slept on a pull-out sofa-bed. The view was fantastic, though.

Ok, here’s a bunch of pics I took:

Chicago Hilton

Chicago Hilton

Melanie with Kung Pao

Melanie is demonstrating the "football carry" pregnancy pose.

Chicago Lakeshore Trail

Chicago Lakeshore Trail

Chicago Lakeshore Trail

Chicago Lakeshore Trail

Chicago Navy Pier

Chicago Navy Pier

Chicago Skyline

Chicago Skyline

Chicago Lovers

This is what Chicago looks like.

Leashes Disguised as Backpacks

Leashes Disguised as Backpacks

Chicago L Train

I'll call it the "L" Train if I feel like it.

Chicago El Train

Chicago El Train

Chicago Bridge

Chicago Bridge

Chicago Billy Goat Tavern

Billy Goat Tavern - Not as good as people say it is.

Bean at Night

Bean at Night

Chicago Bean 1

Bean

Chicago Bean 2

Melanie doing a Fonzie impersonation at the Bean.

Chicago Bean 4

Who's looking at Whom?

Chicago Street

Here are the backs of some people's heads.

OK, and that’s the end of the virtual tour. I hope you enjoyed it.  We had a great time hanging out in Chicago for the weekend!

How about y’all?  Ever been to Chicago?  What’s your favorite part?