What's cooking world? — By Ben on 06 July 2009
Chicago Trip

On my last post I mentioned that the reason this blog was unattended was because June had been a very busy month for us. Among all the things we did in June, the one we’ll remember for a long time was our trip to the magnificent city of Chicago. Although I had been there a couple of times before, this time I experienced the city in a new and exciting way. Jon had never been there before, but the few things we could see and do in four days were enough to make him fall in love with the city. We loved this trip so much that we are already making plans to move there in the future. Some people have told us that the city is nice only when it’s warm, but we both love winters and snow so the harsh Chicago winters wouldn’t be a problem (I hope) for us. But pictures say more than a thousand words so I leave you with some photographic memories of this trip:

This was the view from our hotel room in downtown.


Our first meal in Chicago was at this small establishment around the corner from our hotel. The food was good and inexpensive.



Our next stop was the observation deck at the Hancock tower were we had a breathtaking view of the city.




After that we walked down Michigan Avenue to the river were we took a boat trip to the lake and around the city.






Some pictures taken along the Magnificent Mile.


One of my favorite Mexican presidents have his own spot on Michigan Ave.






This kind of t-shirts and memorabilia were all around the city. This is definitely Obama country.


Compare this picture with the one below taken in May 2002 on the same bridge. Wow, time flies!


That night we had dinner at the famous Gino’s East of Chicago Pizzeria. One large deep dish pizza is enough to feed a small army!


The second day we visited the Pride festival on North Halsted St.




And ate some delicious food at Halsted Cafe.



That day we had dinner in Chinatown. Sorry I didn’t take pictures of this meal :(


The following day we saw the very long (more then 3 hours) Pride parade…

Chicago Pride Parade 09

And ate some damn good Mexican food at a restaurant on Broadway that I can’t remember what it is called.

Chicago Pride Parade 09

We then headed to Millennium Park…





…and Grant Park where we had some Taste of Chicago…









…and took some pictures of the beautiful Buckingham fountain.





As the day grew dark and our trip came close to an end, we rode the L train around the city to take a look at the amazing skyline…



…and some famous Chicago landmarks.


Unfortunately our trip came to an end, but it opened new doors of dreams and future opportunities for us. Hopefully in the future, working hard of course, we’ll be able to move to a big and exciting metropoli such as Chicago. I am a big city boy and after living in Mexico City Jon learned to appreciate the vibrance and life of a big city. Chicago, here we come!

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(23) Readers Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your photos. I grew up in IL and miss Chicago, it is such a fun place. Glad you had so much fun! All of your eats look fantastic!

  2. Sounds like a great visit to Chicago! Good luck in planning your move!

  3. Wonderful town! Thanks for sharing!



  4. Looks like you had a great time, Ben. So glad you love it here and are thinking of moving. I’m biased of course, but I think it’s a great city. :) You just missed the unveiling of these two glass, see-through alcoves they added to the skydeck of the Sears tower. You can look right through them down to the city (kind of scary). You’ll have to check it out next time. Glad you had some good eats, too, and enjoyed the pride parade (which is always an awesome time).

  5. This looks like a fabulous trip. It’s so much the way D and I felt after going to Toronto last summer. STILL want to move there, but I know it won’t be for a while.

  6. Ben, striking photos of a beautiful city that is Chicago…glad you had a blast!

  7. Great photos Ben…it seems like you guys had a great time in Chicago. Good luck with planning the future move there. Very exciting!

  8. So much to see Ben. It has been years since I have been to Chicago. Years ago I worked for Hartford which has it’s roots there:D

  9. Great photos Ben. Glad you loved my city. After 10 years I still havent tapped all there is to see and do.

  10. I’m glad you had a great trip! I wonder if we walked by each other during Pride and didn’t even realize it! :) The weather is really hard though… but it is quite a gorgeous city!

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