Friday, Dec. 29, 2017:
Third and final full day in Chicago! Time flies when you’re on vacay.
Today we left the hotel a bit later than usual around 10:30 a.m. (had a small breakfast in our room) and took the subway to Chicago Station where we went up the Chicago 360 Building (875 N Michigan Avenue, 94th Floor) (formerly the John Hancock Building) .
The line-up to get in wasn’t bad at all and soon we were on the elevator and up to the 94th floor on the observation deck. It was a foggy cloudy day, but you could still see the landscape and city views all around the building.
We paid $7 extra and also tried the Tilt Thrill Ride feature! We grabbed onto the rails and the floor tilted 45 degrees off the side of the building which was like a thrill ride. It was short but interesting and fun to try. 🙂
After some photos and browsing the gift shop and the rest of the building, we headed towards Portillo’s Hot Dogs (100 W Ontario St) for their famous hot dogs.
It was so festive and busy inside the restaurant. It was arranged like a huge food hall but actually it was part of the same restaurant. The ladies calling out the order numbers added humour by rhyming the call-outs with the numbers. There were a lot of people there.
We tried the famous Chicago style Hot Dog which purposefully has no ketchup and has relish, pickle, mustard, relish, onions, a firm and juicy beef hot dog and steamed bun too.
It was indeed really good and tasty and I liked the beef sausage and how firm and juicy it was.
After this, we also got the Dipped Italian Beef Sandwich to try. It had shaved beef on a French bread that was dipped in gravy. It was pretty good.
Next, we headed across the street where there stood a gigantic McDonald’s which was apparently the very first one in Illinois. It had a second level with two sets of escalators running through it too. There was a nice view from the second floor which we took in.
We headed back to the Magnificent Mile after this. We went into Trader’s Joes to pick up some snacks. We played with the VR simulator which was advertising the Justice League movie.
We popped (get it? :D) into the nearest Garrett Popcorn Shop (625 Michigan Avenue) on the Magnificent Mile and got some of their famous Garrett Mix.
Then we walked towards our subway stop and into Soupbox (50 E Chicago Ave)! It was a soup restaurant selling 12 daily soups. I was feeling for something warm and comforting and not too heavy, so I picked the Fresh Tomato and Basil Bisque in regular size (you could pick a larger size or to be served in a breadbowl too). It came with free sourdough or multi-grain bread and 1 free topping. I picked celery. It was a good tomato bisque soup.
Ken got the Hearty Beef Stew, which was indeed very hearty and beefy.
After this, we went over to Chick-fil-A (30 E Chicago Ave) because I wanted to try their chicken. I wasn’t done with my soup fixing yet, so I also got the Chicken Noodle Soup.
The Chick-fil-A Sandwich was quite good! I really liked the seasoning of the chicken patty! The bun was really soft as well.
The fries were soft and didn’t taste very fresh.
The Chicken Noodle Soup was good for $3. It was good comfort food.
Although we tried to make it to the Christmas Market near our hotel, we weren’t able to make it in time. We played Bananagrams in the downstairs lounge of the hotel. It was awesome that we were able to print out our boarding passes for tomorrow’s flight too.
Hope we can squeeze in more sightseeing and eating tomorrow before we fly home!