Day 4: Do We Have to Leave?

It had been three days of high mileage walking and exciting explorations, so we decided to sleep in a little. After all, we were on vacation. When we finally pulled ourselves out of bed, we took some time to exercise and get ready, and then we hit the streets for our last day in Chicago. Our first stop was at a shop and restaurant called Eataly.

If I lived in Chicago, I would frequent this place. It was filled with the aroma of freshly baked bread, brick oven pizza and delicious pastries. Not to mention being a store with all the latest kitchen gadgets. We limited ourselves to just buying lunch, but, what a lunch it was. We ordered a margherita pizza and the daily special; prosciutto and ricotta ravioli with a sweet onion pesto glaze seasoned with orange zest, bread crumbs, and parmesean. I’ve been craving it ever since, as well as the gelato we picked up on the way out.

We decided to try our luck again at the Shedd Aquarium. Luck was on our side this time as we were able to get in in minutes (thank you City Pass)! We wandered excitedly through most of the exhibits during the next few hours, and even got to get poked in the back and sprayed with water during the 4D movie. Fun stuff. We loved watching the dolphins, but the penguins were our favorite. There was one penguin in particular that was walking half bent over like a grouchy elderly man. We could almost imagine him gruffly saying things like, “crazy kids” and “cut that out” as he waddled by the other penguins.

Kyle couldn’t leave Chicago without a Chicago style hot dog so we picked a couple up before heading to our hotel to pick up our bags. The weather was also on our side as it only started trickling down as we walked our final time to the train that would take us to the airport. I don’t know how we were fortunate enough to get amazing weather the whole weekend, but we enjoyed every minute of it. So much so, we didn’t want to leave.

Thanks for a great weekend, Chicago! We’ll be back!

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