Welcome to Chicago!
Happy Thursday friends! I have been off the grid for the past two days as we made our way from VA to Chicago. Thankfully everything went smoothly and we made it to our temporary housing around 4pm yesterday. Here’s a shot from our balcony:
Our final destination (where we would like to end up) is actually not too far from here, so the views will hopefully be similar. It’s definitely a different experience from growing up in suburbia my whole life. I’m diggin it.
Before we set off on our road trip, we stopped for a farewell pho since the one I made at home actually left us craving it more.
We stopped near Pittsburgh to visit some friends that we hadn’t seen in awhile. They just had a baby a few months ago, so I played with her and ate some dinner. After invading their home, we hit the road again and drove another 2 hours to our hotel in Ohio. Neil made a reservation at an Aloft hotel because it was atypical to hotels where we normally stay. They were out of regular rooms when we got there, so we were upgraded to a suite. No big deal.
We hit the road around 10 am and said goodbye to the Aloft hotel. It was a nice place and I’d recommend them if you are looking for something a little funkier to get your sleep on.
We made our way to the Original Pancake House where I was overwhelmed with pancake choices.
I got the pumpkin pancakes. #basic
Our waitress seemed very confused as to why I could only eat 3 of them and that I didn’t want a box. Do people normally eat 6 giant pancakes in one sitting?
After that we hit the road again and drove another 5.5 hours to the Windy City! Thankfully it was about 55 degrees which was totally manageable for my perpetually cold body. Any colder and I’d be like:
After unpacking we were hungry, so since I had already gorged myself on pancakes I figured we would go all out and get some Chicago deep dish pizza. I need to insulate myself for the coming winter. We went to Giordano’s which has some exceptional deep dish. Granted, this was my first deep dish in Chicago, but it was pretty delicious. Warning: it takes 45 min – 1 hour until the pizza is ready so don’t go if you are extremely hungry.
I was in a cheese coma once we left, so we just parked it on the couch and finished watching Into The Storm which is a horrible movie if anyone is interested.
Since it is an hour earlier here, we ended up going to bed around 10:30 pm last night and waking up at 6:30 am. That was fine by me since we were able to head to the gym first thing in the morning before it got too crowded. I love the fitness center in this building because it has legitimate workout equipment. I am used to the “fitness centers” they have at small apartment complexes which have 2 treadmills, 2 ellipticals, and barely any weight options. This was no apartment fitness center.
There was also a basketball court in the middle of this gym. Now I can polish up my HORSE game.
One of the cool things they also had was a small outdoor track on the 9th floor with this view:
It was smaller than a conventional track, so I could see it getting really repetitive if I want to run a long distance, but the idea was cool! I ran 5 miles on the treadmill, headed back for a smoothie and shower, and now am here with you fine folks. I am looking to try and get out and run in the city sometime soon before the arctic comes, so stay tuned for that as well.
I am meeting Neil this afternoon to look at the places he has narrowed down and come to a final decision about where we want to live. After that I hope to head to the library and pick up a library card. I am really excited because this is no Virginia library. It’s 8 floors and is in a giant, majestic building. Maybe that will be my new home. Everyone have a great Thursday!
Question of the day: Have you ever lived in a city? What did you like about it?