Monday, March 22, 2010
Shaina and I stole away for a long weekend to Chicago. Here's a quick recap:
The United Center is a neat place. We followed LeBron and the Cavs to Chi town to watch them take on the Bulls. Without actually knowing it, we got to participate in their St. Patty's day festivities (even though it was March 19.) We got their early, so I got pictures of the Jordan statue and all their 1990's banners. As for the game...Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng sat out injured and the Cavs played down to their competition. It was actually a lousy game, but the Cavs pulled it out. The United Center is not as entertaining as the Q atmosphere, although Benny the Bull is way more entertaining than Moondog.
We went to La Duce, an Italian Restaurant within a mile of the United Center. It was really good, with a quiet, intimate atmosphere.
Saturday, we went to Shedd aquarium. The downer is that Friday, it was sunny and 65. Saturday it was 30 with sleet, snow and rain. The original plan was that we could walk to every location from our downtown hotel. We decided to give it a shot, and it was the poorest decision of the weekend. It was probably a mile and a half of treachery. There is definitely a reason Chicago is called the Windy City. The aquarium was fun...saw some interesting creatures...watched a 4d portion of Planet Earth and saw a show called Fantasea that featured Beluga Whales, Whitesided Dolphins and a few penguins.
Saturday Night we went to the Chicago Symphony Center and watched Mitsuko Uchida play-conduct 2 Mozart concerti. She was fantastic.
Sunday morning we went to Willow Creek Chicago, a branch of Willow Creek located in the heart of the city. It was neat to worship in the Auditorium Theatre and hear the message from Bill Hybels. After church we went to Giordano's and had our first ever Deep Dish, Chicago Style pizza. It was really good.