Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chicago

The month of February has been filled with travel for both Patrick and I. I still have quite a few recipes to blog from before and after my trip to Chicago, so hopefully in the next week or so I will be able to catch up. The original plan was for me to be traveling for three out of the four weeks in February, and Patrick was only scheduled for a week out of town. Well, they cancelled two weeks of my travel and added a couple trips to Patrick's schedule. Last week I was in Chicago to train people on our system. The funny thing was that Patrick was in Stevens Point, WI at a client, which coincidentally is actually one of my clients as well.

We left Sunday night during the SuperBowl, so by the time we got to the hotel and unpacked it was already the fourth quarter of the game. We ended up watching the game in the hotel bar Aria, an empty sushi bar. I am pretty sure we were the only people there, but it was good to grab something to eat and watch the rest of the game.

We stayed at the Fairmont in Millennium Park in Chicago. It was a really nice hotel and it was convenient to everything. Here is my hotel room on the 31st floor and the view from the room.

Fairmont Chicago

View from Fairmont Chicago

Most of the week involved a lot of work and dinner at some fun places. We got to eat at a lot of good places during the week. Our Chicago counterparts took us to the MidAtlantic Club on Tuesday night, basically an exclusive club on the 80th floor of the Aon Center. It was too bad that there was a snow storm that night because it would have been a great view from up there. We also went to dinner at the Tavern on the Park that night. It was really good, I had the Butternut Squash Ravioli and it was amazing.

Some other good eats that we tried out during the week were: Aria, Mity Nice Grill at the Water Tower Mall, Sopraffrina for lunch a couple days, Giordano's Pizza, Coco Pazzo, Sweet Water Tavern, along with our daily trip to Starbucks.

Last Friday was our last day in town and it was finally not snowing and pretty decent outside, so we took a little lunch time tour of the city. I had been wanting to see "the bean" in Millennium Park all week since we were staying in Millennium Park and it was apparently right across the street from the office. We finally got to the bean that day. Kathleen also wanted to stop at Zara, a clothing store she discovered in Europe and just recently opened a store in Chicago. So, our lunch time adventure included the bean, Zara and lunch to go from Au Bon Pain.

The Bean Chicago

The Bean Chicago 2

The Bean Chicago 3

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