Chicago Visit – Day 2

The second day of our Chicago trip started early for me.  Everyone was sleeping so I slipped out to the Starbucks across the street to get a little work done.  It was relaxing and fun to people watch in a different city.

Once we got going, we hopped onto the Big Bus and took it over to Navy Pier.  We had just enough time to enjoy a smoothie and green juice before walking over to the Shakespeare Theater to see the opening performance of Peter Pan.  What a treat!  The theater itself is beautiful and worth a visit – there isn’t a bad seat in the house.  The show was well done and so enjoyable.  If you’d like to hear more about it – I did a separate post HERE.

After the show, we walked around the Pier and enjoyed the beautiful views.  Since it was lunchtime we decided to eat right there in the Food Court.  There was definitely something for everyone, so it was quick and easy.  We also indulged in a little sample of Garrett’s Popcorn courtesy of our Big Bus Tour – yum!

Since time was getting short, we called an Uber and had the driver take us to the Adler Planetarium.  If you have any interest in space (my son is currently all about astronomy), then this is a must-see.  There was a lot of information, multiple exhibits, and some fun interactive areas.  We spent quite a bit of time making a hovercraft and testing to see if it would work – I love these type of hands-on projects.

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Hard to believe but by now it was time to eat again.  My daughter loves Italian food, so we searched out the Italian part of town and headed in that direction.  We enjoyed walking the cute little streets and checking out all the options.

We finally decided to try Davanti’s and I am glad that we did.  It was one of the best meals I have ever enjoyed.  All of the food was amazing and as it’s served family style we shared everything.  We ordered several pastas along with some appetizers and a bottle of wine (50% off on Wednesday’s).  So delicious.  They even brought us out ice cold glasses of limoncello before dessert.  I will definitely return next time we visit Chicago.

After dinner we went back to our hotel, chilled and went to bed early as tomorrow as going to be another full day.

Do you have a favorite restaurant in Chicago?  Share in the comments and I’ll add it to my list for our next visit.

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  1. Chicago is full of amazing places to eat. You can never go wrong with trying out a new random place you see on the street. I have yet to come across bad food in Chicago. I’ve been living here for 3 years and I have yet to visit the Adler Planetarium and I’m dying to go.

    1. The Adler was very cool – my son is especially interested in astronomy so he loved it. There are lots of special events there too that I think could be fun.

  2. Starbucks is a great way to start the day when you need some wifi! It’s been over 30 years since I visited Chicago….maybe it’s time to go back!

  3. There’s just so much to do in Chicago! Sometimes I forget that because I feel like I’ve only been there for a weekend or a few days while my husband was on a business trip. And coming from NYC, sometimes I’m a bit citied-out, but I think I need to get to Chicago and spend a bit more time really being there. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. The best food I ate in Chicago was a pecan butter, homemade jam breakfast panini on some amazing bread. I still think about it sometimes…

  5. I was in Jr High School and visited Chicago for a Band Conference, many years ago. I do not recall the name of the restaurant, however, it served pizza and we were allowed to write on the walls with a sharpie marker.

    1. Missy, that sounds so fun – anytime you get to do something a little out of the ordinary (like writing on the walls) makes a normal event special!

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