Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? Ours was excellent, but as usual, it went by way too quickly.
On Saturday, Larry and I decided to do something that we’ve never done before in our 8 years of being together: We took the Amtrak from Milwaukee to Chicago for a day trip. Just the two of us. We had an absolute blast.
We boarded the early train and played tourists for the day. Even though we visited some “touristy” places, we also checked out some places off the beaten path.
Our first stop was Willis (Sears) Tower, since it’s right near Union Station. We got there early and we still had a good amount of time to wait. By the time we left at around 11am, the wait was up to three hours! So I suggest getting there very early. And it’s FREE for military members :-)
It was our first time there since they put in the sky decks. I walked out there with no problems…but I think Larry was a little nervous ;-) I’m pretty fearless when it comes to heights and things of that nature so I LOVED this!
After our visit to Willis Tower, we were hungry for some brunch so we headed west to check out Little Goat. Stephanie Izard opened this restaurant shortly before we moved and it’s always been on my list of places to try. We decided to walk there (about 1 mile) and we waited 45 minutes to eat. It was totally worth it. The food was amazing and I’d highly recommend it. There’s also a cute coffee shop/bakery attached to the diner.
After brunch, we headed North and met up with some friends at Old Town Social. After a few drinks, Larry and I headed to Fleet Feet Old Town-the best Fleet Feet I’ve ever been to to check out some running gear. They have everything you need at this store. I’m seriously thinking about Newton’s for my next pair of running shoes and I just found out that they offer military/police discounts with a valid .mil or .gov e-mail.
From Fleet Feet we headed back downtown for cupcakes, a glass of wine at Eataly and a bite to eat at Pizzeria Uno. It wouldn’t be a day trip in Chicago without a stop for deep dish pizza.
Before we knew it, it was time to board the last train back home. We both said that we’d rather do something like that each month than have a bunch of random date nights through the month. It was a nice break from reality. We love our daughter unconditionally, but sometimes mom and dad need a break ;-) It was nice to get home and spend the rest of our weekend with the little princess.
Where’s your favorite place to take a day trip? Chicago is definitely mine! It’s a short 2 hour drive or hour and a half train ride away! Doesn’t get much better than that…unless of course you lived there ;-)