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A few weeks ago my husband and I went to Chicago for our anniversary weekend. Our vacation didn’t start the greatest because our Delta flight was canceled due to weather issues in Atlanta. Luckily we were awake at 11:30 pm when we got the notification that our flights were canceled so we could book new flights through a different airline. What sucked tho, was that we had to drive 3.5 hours to another airport to fly out. But we made the most of our trip anyway and had a GREAT anniversary weekend! My husband planned the whole entire trip and surprised me with everything we did, yep he’s a keeper! Here’s what we did.
We got to town and took a cab from the airport to our hotel (we learned this was way more costly than taking the train). The cab cost $50 and took about an hour to get there. Note: On our way back to the airport from our hotel at the end of our trip we took the train which was $6 per person and took about 40 minutes to get there. MUCH CHEAPER!!
Once we got checked into our hotel we took a Lyft to the John Hancock building to experience 360 Chicago. The views from up there are breathtaking and pictures really do not do justice to the live experience this is. This was my first time to Chicago and I never realized how big Chicago really was.
We both tried Tilt, which is a window that “tilts” out from the building and gives you a unique view of the city directly below!
After our touristy visit, we went to Ditka’s for dinner. You can read about my experience and review here.
For our last event of the night, we went to Comedy Sportz Chicago. It’s a 90-minute improv show where two teams battle it out and the audience chooses the winner. It’s a clean show and is open to people of all ages. I love improv and this was such an entertaining treat! The hubby did a good job planning!!
After the show, they do a show called “Get on Up!” This is a chance for the audience to try their own skills at improv. We stayed since it was free and participated in the aftershow. It was so much fun, except for the part where I had to eat like 10 peeps (gross!). I definitely recommend checking this show out. It was a lot of fun and you should stay for the show afterward and try improv for yourself. I mean, why not, it’s free!
Twins Day!! We got a Lyft to the Guaranteed Rate Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox. Being from Minnesota, of course, we were sporting our Twins gear. There were actually quite a few fellow Twins fans at this game.
We had some pretty awesome seats!
I got the chance to have a Miami Vice while I was at the game. YUM!!
After the game, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the night. We got dressed up and headed out to our next adventure. We went to The Dinner Detective® Murder Mystery Dinner Show. What an amazing and fun experience!! You get there and are given a name card to put your name on, except you aren’t supposed to put your real name. You’re told to put down a made up “character” name (any name you want). After you have your alter ego you can get a drink and go find your table. At the table, there is a sheet with instructions regarding the game and gives you suggestions for questions you are supposed to ask other guests to help you figure out who the criminal is. There are appetizers, a salad and a main course throughout the whole show.
There are detectives to help you figure out the mystery and they give you clues throughout the show. At the end of the night, they let you guess who did it. You need to be as detailed as possible as to why you picked your answer. They collect everyone’s guesses and deliver the results. If you are ever in a city that has this go check it out! This was my favorite activity of our entire trip.
Sunday was our last day in Chicago and our anniversary. Our first activity of the day was lunch at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria. I’ve never had Chicago style pizza and let me tell you, it was delicious. Seriously, this pizza was SO good! Of course, you have to eat it with a knife and fork. According to Chicagoans, it’s not a pizza unless you have to use utensils to eat it. One downside is that the pizza takes a long time to cook (about 35 minutes). To start off, we got the 4 Cheese Garlic Bread as an appetizer while we waited for our food.
4 Cheese Garlic Bread
I ended up going with the traditional pepperoni deep dish pizza. My hubby got sausage. The sauce, by the way, is definitely fresh and homemade.
Sorry, I didn’t get a good picture of our whole pizzas, we were hungry and couldn’t wait to dive in!
After lunch, we walked over to the next item on our itinerary. Untouchable Tours – Chicago’s Original Gangster Tour. I really liked this tour. Not only do you get a great history lesson of all the Chicago mob greats, but you also get a unique view of the different parts of the city. You get to experience Chicago as it was in the 20s and 30s and see gangster hot spots and murder sites. It’s definitely a real touristy thing to do, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
For our anniversary dinner, we dined at Lawry’s The Prime Rib. We were seated at our table in this very old looking, dimly lit room where they adorned our table with a red sash. Everyone would know it was our anniversary.
The waitresses are dressed in pilgrim dresses and the chefs are wandering around in these giant metal rolly things.
What are they going to serve us, alien?? 😛
The waitress takes your order and brings out their famous spinning bowl salad to begin your meal. This “famous” salad has romaine, iceberg, spinach, egg, shredded beets, croutons and their Vintage dressing. Personally, I didn’t care for it too much, I don’t like egg in my salad.
Those carts I was talking about earlier, those are for the prime rib which my hubby ordered. Get this, they bring it to your table, slice off your hunk of meat right in front of you, add your side of potatoes and voila! dinner is served. I got the ribeye with Au gratin potatoes and fried onion strings.
My ribeye was absolute perfection! Definitely one of THE best steaks I’ve ever had.
The best part of the night, which was the biggest surprise of the entire trip was a horse-drawn carriage ride. Oh, and I got a dozen roses too!! It’s going to be fairly tough to top this anniversary and it’s only the third one! My hubby did an amazing job, I’m so very lucky and grateful to have such a wonderful man who takes the time and effort to make things special for me.