When asked how he wanted to celebrate the big 3-0 and his upcoming graduation from his MBA program PK made a simple request. He just wanted to watch the Yankees play. As it turned out, the Yankees would be on the road playing the World Series champion Cubs. Luckily, for PK, I have some amazing family in Chicago.
Our trip was a whirlwind of pizza, baseball, and hospitality. When we woke up in the morning my aunt greeted us with fresh baked monkey bread and spinach quiche with a variety of tea to choose from. My cousins bought us lunch and treated us to rooftop beers. They also made sure we had no shortage of hand warmers and blankets for the games, which were incredibly necessary. We had just missed the warm weather and the games were frigid, but bearable.
The games themselves were the best you could hope for when they were the entire purpose of your trip. The Yankees swept the series, but not without drama. At the end of the second game we attended, with one out left and the Yankees up by three runs we decided to beat the traffic and head out and watch the end on the big screen outside in The Park at Wrigley, a green space at the entrance of the stadium. Well, wouldn’t you know, the Cubs tied the game and we found ourselves in The Cubby Bear, a dive bar across the street from the stadium. PK and I watched another seven innings of baseball before we gave up and headed back to my cousin’s apartment. There, my cousin and her husband were still awake and watching the game. I went to sleep but around 2 am the Yanks finally won.
On our last day in Chicago we indulged in my favorite meal of the day, breakfast. My cousin’s live close to Batter & Berries, a breakfast/brunch restaurant with community and private dining tables. PK and I were seated at the long community table and met fellow tourists while we ate the MOST AMAZING French toast I ever had. My little Hobbit heart was so happy and there were even leftovers for second breakfast.
My favorite part of any trip to a new city is walking around and discovering new neighborhoods. Lincoln Park is an area I could walk around for days and days. While it was a quick trip, it was a great one and I cannot wait to go back and do more exploring. I’m still waiting to visit Navy Pier!
Have you ever visited Chicago? If you’re there for a long weekend what is your must-see recommendations?