Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Day Two

After a fun first day of trip, our second day was the driving force behind our trip... the Cubs game! We bought the tickets for the Cubs game way before we planned the trip :) I got lucky finding our fan-freakin-tastic seats on Cubs website on the first day of single ticket sales.

Of we took the train to the Wrigley, super easy and one train change. We decided to eat breakfast around the field so once we got off of the train, I pulled up and found a place to eat within 5 blocks from the field. There was probably closer places, but I went with a breakfast place versus a fast food place.

We ate at a place called Nookies Tree. They had a lot of options for breakfast and they all looked fantastic. I decided on poached eggs over corned beef hash with hash browns, Jim got a breakfast skillet. Everything from the toast, to the coffee, to the patio, to the main dish was damn good. Sure, I was starving at that point, but I think I still would have loved the food .if I wasn't starving.

We walked back to Wrigleyville through a couple of neighborhoods, enjoying the cool weather and looking at the row houses. We weren't really sure where the field was, but we followed the masses. And then when we weren't expecting it, we were face to face with Wrigley field. I got a little emotional when I saw Wrigley... I have been a Cubs fan for as long as I can remember and have many games on TV showing Wrigley and now it was right in front of me.

The famous ivy, score board, and the bleachers. We got to the field early enough to walk around the stadium . We wanted to see all the possible angles that we could. We couldn't get into the bleachers because they had a separate entrance and you needed tickets to get in there :(

View from the upper deck in the right field

I am pointing to where our seats are...

Since we were so close to the field, I was able to get some great photos of the players!

The Cubs won the game against the Brewers, and it was a slug fest! I believe there were 5 home runs in the game and the Cubs won 12-5. So much fun to watch and then cheer the team on in the stands with all of the fans.

Jim is showing us the "w" for WIN

After the game we walked down to Lake Michigan to see the area. The breeze was delightful and we enjoyed walking around.

We decided that dinner would be deep dish pizza, but we were far enough away from the pizza place that we needed a snack and a beer after walking quite a few blocks (unable to find a cab). I can't remember the name of this place, but it was tiny with lots of open space and Goose Island on tap so we were happy. We also ordered fried mac and cheese,,, which was pretty darn good and VERY bad for us but we were on vacation so we had a pass for fried foods.

We finally found a cab and headed over to get this deep dish pizza. It was oh so cheesy an thick with goodness. We both were only able to finish about a slice and a half (we also ordered a salad to share before the pizza). We took the left overs hoping to give it to a homeless person, but son of a bitch, we didn't see one before the John Hancock building. Seriously... we saw homeless people the entire time during the trip except for the time I had some damn fine pizza to share with them.

We got to the John Hancock building observatory right at sunset, so we were able to experience the end of the sunset and night time.

Another jammed packed day in Chicago!!! We ended up heading home after doing some window shopping along Michigan Avenue.

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