After a wicked Megabus ride, I was ready to tear into some delicious pizza from my favorite pizzeria, Lou Malnati's. I get the same pie every time - thin crust cheese with a spinach mix (enhanced with garlic, basil and onion).
I didn't choose a very attractive route to get there; however, finding an unexpected piece by Roa made up for it. Roa is from Ghent, Belgium and likes to paint animals and rodents.
This street art trip cost me 2+ hours on foot and I was ready for some beer. I wanted to patronize a new venue and chose Fountainhead. It was apparent that I made a good decision after perusing the beer menu. I ordered a Surly Damien and a 3 Floyds Dreadnaught. They were both what the doctor ordered and I was ready to hit the road again.
I wanted to get back downtown to Millenium Park before dusk. I never grow weary of watching the crown fountains or trying to take a cool photo in front of the cloud gate (aka the bean). I even spied a graceful, enormous head sculpture.
|Do you see me?|
I had time to kill before dinner, so I decided to do one of my favorite things - wander. I love the suspense of never knowing what I might come across. I strolled along the Chicago River and some side streets around Millenium Park.
Here are some miscellaneous sightings from the day:
|One of my favorite artists - Obey Giant!|
My beer buzz had worn off and I was hungry. I lost track of time and didn't get to relax at one of my best-loved restaurants, Native Foods. Fortunately, I chose a location within a few blocks of Union Station. I placed a large order and the smart woman who took it suggested that I get it all to go. For this reason, I don't have a pretty photo of the delectable food.
What I ordered: Sweet Potato Fries, Native Chili, Saigon Rolls and Lemongrass Broccoli. I polished it all off at the restaurant with the exception of the Saigon Rolls, which I had to save for the next day.
As you can see, one can do a lot on a Monday (or any day) in Chicago. I booked a couple more of these day adventures, and plan to explore different neighborhoods each time. Until next time Chi-Town!