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.

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

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

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

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Some pictures taken along the Magnificent Mile.

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

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

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

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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!

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

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And ate some delicious food at Halsted Cafe.

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

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

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

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We then headed to Millennium Park…

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

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…and took some pictures of the beautiful Buckingham fountain.

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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…

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…and some famous Chicago landmarks.

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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. Great travelogue, Ben. Your photography really shines, especially on the skylines!

  2. Yay Chitown! We love that city. So much fun.

  3. Ben, it’s been a few years since I’ve been to Chicago and your pics brings back so many good memories and makes me miss the city all over again. I used to enjoy the Taste of Chicago too. Glad that you and Jon went and had a great time.

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