Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I Feel Like We've Been Here Before...

Chicago, that is!

I'm sure you had enough from the last three recaps, but this weekend was completely different I swear! I thought I had seen most of what Chicago had to offer, but now I realize that one can never really see it all as a tourist. Plus, it's a whole new ballgame when it's on someone else's dime. Have a I mentioned that I love my job?

The first night was all about going to see The Book Of Mormon, so we ate at Rosebud Prime, which was right next door to the theater.

Totally didn't plan these outfits to match. Great minds just think alike.

Good ambiance and decent food, but I'm not going to rave about it. I will, however, rave about The Book Of Mormon, because I now see why it is touted as the most happening show on Broadway. You have to know beforehand that it is from the creators of South Park {per usual, it pushes everyone's buttons}, but if you enjoy Religious Satire, you will LOVE this. It takes me back to my College days studying Chaucer and Voltaire, both of which I think would be fans. It does stir up a ton of controversy, but anything having to do with religion will do that. The head of PR for the LDS Church said it best:  

"... parody isn't reality, and it's the very distortion that makes it appealing and often funny. The danger is not when people laugh but when they take it seriously—"

After that, we took an awesome little Pedicab ride to the House Of Blues to continue the fun. The ride was a new experience, the venue was awesome, and the music made me want to go back to New Orleans asap. I hadn't known it, but Chicago is known for Blues, Soul, Jazz, and Gospel, which I loved getting to experience this time around.

Then it was up early so that we could enjoy our only full day in town. Jess and I were left to our own devices, so we decided that shopping was to be the main dish with a side of sightseeing, and the weather was perfect for it at 65 and sunny.


I was in LOVE with that dress, but it ran SUPER small and they were running out of sizes :( If anyone comes across a size 6 at the H&M where they live, I will PAY YOU A REWARD to send it to me. I'm not kidding...I'm assigning you all this mission.

We lunched at Native Foods, and it was great to get a healthy meal to offset the room service and dinners out. All the protein was soy based and the options were awesome like the Caribbean Jerk Salad and the Twister Wrap that we chose.

I didn't mention this before, but I was super sad that we didn't get good pictures with The Bean last time. The thing has water spots all over it and distorts things at weird angles, so they simply didn't turn out how I thought they did. This time I paid attention to that, and made up for the bad ones. Plus I enlisted the help of other tourists. I just kept my eye on my camera in case they tried to run off.

Did you know that there are Casinos near Chicago? Neither did we.

The Horseshoe Casino was only a 25 minute cab ride away, and it made for a great night. We won money, had a good table for Blackjack, and enjoyed ourselves until the wee hours of the morning. The only bad part was that being 25 minutes from the city, cabs stop coming out there. We had no clue, so at 4AM when we are desperately trying to go home, there was no way to get home

We were kind'a freaking out, because we were beginning to feel like we were being held hostage in the Hammond Twilight Zone. Luckily, we kept talking to anyone that would listen, so a random Valet we talked to found us a "taxi", and by "taxi", I mean a guy that had a car. Normally I would not have even entertained the idea, but when you are stuck in the middle of nowhere and need to get some sleep before  a flight, you don't question the lack of licensing and safety standards.

Long story short, we made it back to the hotel and passed out at about 6AM. Getting three hours of sleep sucked, but at least we ended up with a good story to end the trip. Now I think I've had enough of Chicago for awhile. Seriously.



18 comments:

P!nky said...

Phew, glad you are safe! you know how to party lady!

xoxo

scrapperjen said...

Glad you enjoyed! You had a perfect weather weekend to be here.

Helene in Between said...

looks like you two had a blast! you both looked gorgeous! i really want to see book of mormon!

Cece said...

How fun!!! And on the company dime. Even better. So glad the mystery cab did not kidnap you never to be seen again!!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Looks like you had an absolutely fantastic time :)

Brittany said...

So much fun!! haha I would be freaking out if I got stuck somewhere, in a different state than your own no less! Good thing he was a good person and got you both back to your hotel :)

Jen said...

Such a fun trip you had! :) I would love to visit Chicago!

Jenn said...

I've never been to Chicago and have always wanted to go. Sounds like you had a good time, minus the mishap!

Corie said...

I'm always SO nervous about asking stranger to take a picture! But I think the pictures you got were worth it!

Jamie @ You Gotta Have Hart said...

I love the House of Blues and it always makes me want to go to NOLA! My fiance has never been, poor little Alaska boy, and I would love to take him at some point! Let me know if you ever make your way there-- the drive from Pcola isn't too bad! :) PS- the food from the Native Foods looks DIVINE!

Lindsey Marie said...

Love the aztec sweater love the h&m dress on you. I would definitely continue hunting that down if I were you, looks bangin! Chicago looks gorgeous!

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Jean said...

That bean is so famous! I always get paranoid about giving my camera away to a total stranger, but I usually pick good ppl (so far, not to jinx anyone either).

♥ ♥ Just a Girl in Love w/ a Soldier ♥ ♥ said...

You look beautiful in the dress!!! Glad you had another fun time in thy windy city!!!! Your dinner looks FABULOUS!!!!

Nicole said...

It may have been scary at the time, but it made for a great story and blog post!

ifs ands Butts said...

Native Foods sounds just like my cup of tea! I'll look for your H&M dress in Germany :)

Courtney B said...

Love that quote! I haven't heard it before. It's the best thing to keep in mind for a lot of things that are thrown at us (people in general, not mormons. I'm not weird like that) and we don't know how to handle the situation!
I hope someone found that dress for you because girl, it was made for YOU!
The perks of your job are amazing :)

Kim said...

Sounds like it was so much fun! Glad you made it home safe! :)

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

That shot of you guys in front of The Bean is fabulous! When we go back next time, we need to get one of us like that! Ours were all at night time so the reflection on it wasn't nearly that cool! Glad you had fun, doll! That dress is beautiful! I wish I had an H&M near me. If I did, I would totally look for ya! ;)

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