Have been out and about – bought a day travel card, because my feet’s are having a rough time. Wanted to go to the Old Town – to take some photos of the beautiful houses and surroundings … so off I went around 7am –nearly nobody on bus 151 and it was already then +89F/31C.
Walked around could find the streets I recalled from last time I was here … ended up on beautiful streets by mistake when walking back from Lincoln Zoo – couldn’t for my life find them today.
Had some kind of breakfast at “The Twisted Baker“ on 1543 N Wells St – the best café in Chicago, lovely cakes and pastries, great coffee– but a breakfast bun they didn’t know much about, on the other hand their lemonade was heaven sent. I paid $13.00/€10.50/£8.40 for medium cappuccino, large lemonade and a breakfast bun with terrible scramble egg and poor bacon.
After my tour on Chicago River yesterday – I have a bit sun soar arms – so I tried to walk on in the shade along the streets – but still it was extremely hot and bothering. Walked around for a couple of hours – then enough is enough and bus 36 back to La Salle from North Ave. At least I gave it a try.
Yesterday I was out and about 7am too .. walked down to Navy Pier, just to have look – a bit too commercial from me, but I ended up on the stain glass museum and that was some beautiful stuff.
No fee – as I walked through the Navy Pier in doors there was the exhibition. Walking back into city centre I stop at “Fox & Obel” food market for my breakfast and talk about breakfast – the biggest breakfast I ever had, but didn’t come cheap – $25.007€20.20/£16.10 – that gave me a “Truffled Egg Benedictine”, cappuccino, orange juice and yoghurt with fresh fruit and muesli. Love the whole set up of the shop – a bit like “WholeFood”.
At noon did I take the “Chicago’s First Lady” Architecture River Boat tour – 50 min long and to a price of $38/€30.70/£24.50 – it was a very interesting tour and I go a nice pink sun tan that became inclued in the price. After that I been out on deck in that terrible sunshine – I could hardly make up the stairs to the hotel. Went to bed and had a good snooze – looked at TV and around 7pm I went down stairs to get myself a burger. I was really craving for one.
Hyatt’s “Café 151″ – was so busy – we had the North American Championship in Irish Dancing at the hotel. The competition has been held over at Sheraton, but most of girls stayed here on Hyatt and the award ceremony will be held here too – tonight. Here are kids absolutely everywhere because the most the whole families where with their daughters.
The burger was okay … loved the horseradish sauce and onion jam that came with it, somethig I will adopt – otherwise nothing that made a massive click and with a small bottle of Perrier the whole experiences cost me $25.007€20.20/£16.10 – include tips.
9pm the 4th of July fireworks started and it was only 5 min walk to the end of Wacker Drive and the view as fantastic plus only a couple of 100 people there, so no big crowd. The firework isn’t worth mention, big disappointment for me. Where expecting something big and grand, I’m after all in US and Chicago – but it was very tame, even the natives said the same thing. Not one Wow.
The ambulance services and fire brigades are so busy – have heard them none stop from early morning to late for days now.
This evening I had booked “ZED451″ for dinner, but I don’t feel for it – so I changed it for tomorrow evening instead and this evening I will go to “The Purple Pig” – only 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel, my feet’s are suffering for the moment.
Chicago is are still holding it’s no 1 position – and it’s great to be back - the heat not much the city can do anything about. Everybody are so friendly and helpful – doesn’t matter what is, nothing is a problem. I just LOVE Chicago. Plus it’s screaming CLEAN! At least where I have been.
“I’d rather be a lamppost in Chicago
than a millionaire in any other city.”
William A. Hulbert
Photos provided by and thanks to; thetwistedbaker.com