Jaunt [jawnt, jahnt]
Noun: 1. a short journey, especially one taken for pleasure.
Jaunt…yes, that is exactly what we did over the weekend! We made a quick trip to Chicago for fun. Derek had some vacation days, so we left on Thursday. Everybody needs a little four-day weekend in their lives. Although the weather was less than beautiful, we enjoyed our time eating as much food as humanly possible and shopping as much as Derek could endure. Oh yeah, was it ever a success!
We had to start with our most favorite pizza ever, Lou Malnati’s. Yum-o, is it delicious! After filling our bellies with some deep dish pizza, we headed on out to Michigan Avenue and State Street for some shopping.
Later that night, we had reservations at RPM Italian…Giuliana and Bill’s restaurant. To say I was excited to try this place out would be an understatement. Secretly I was really hoping they would be there and I could become best friends with G.
After dinner, we stopped in Howl at the Moon to be entertained by a few great piano players. In addition to piano, these artists played drums, guitar, violin, and probably a whole lot more. Definitely a talented group of musicians!
Crazy enough, we found out that the Cincinnati Reds were playing the Chicago Cubs the same time we were there!! Of course, we had to go. We had seen Wrigley Field before when my friend Emily used to live right by it, but we had never been to a game there. So, ignoring the cold and rainy weather, we tailgated with the best of them.
Wanting to warm up after the game, we went to Eno, a (get this) wine, cheese, and chocolate bar. Yes, the best thing ever invented. Seriously, I want to start one up in Cincinnati…it was heaven!
Our wine, cheese, and chocolate flight. It was very nice because with each flight, a card accompanied the type of wine, cheese, etc. That way if you found a favorite, you were able to take the card home with you so you knew what to order at your wine shop or specialty store. LOVE this concept!
Friday night, by recommendation of Courtney, we went to the Signature Room at the 95th floor of the John Hancock for dinner. Unfortunately, it was pretty cloudy. BUT, the experience was romantic and the food was delicious!
After grabbing a large bag of Garrett Popcorn, we hit the road. Until next time, Chicago!!