Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Chicago, IL Day 3

Chicago, IL Day 3: Tuesday

***Warning: Photo heavy post

Tuesday we got up at 8:30 and took a five minute walk to the Tempo Cafe.

I ordered the French toast, which came with a whole peeled banana, and a large cranberry juice since they had run out of grapefruit juice.

My brother ordered the short stack chocolate chip pancakes and was kind enough to drizzle syrup on them prettily.

The service was really nice. You could eat inside or outside. The inside was more of a deli but the outside is what I would imagine a Paris cafe would look like. There were lots of tables with plenty of condiments. The people were nice enough to put together enough tables for us (eight people remember!). The waitress we had was really great at remembering everything and was really accommodating. The prices for this restaurant are also really great and the portions are enormous. I find that all meals in Chicago come in large portions, so if you go be prepared for that.

After breakfast we went to the visitor's centre and got a three day city bus pass for $14/person. This was great because not everything we wanted to go to was near us and it was much cheaper than taking a cab.

We then caught the 146 and that took us straight to the Shedd Aquarium.

There were lots of really good exhibits. We went to the Jellie's exhibit, watched Ice Age 3 4D in a 15 minute nutshell, saw an aquatic show, and looked at all the fishies/aquatic creatures.

The suction part is on the top of its head.


Sea Otter

Sea horses

Sea horses

A type of anemone

Sea star

Baby monkey

Tree snake


Fish with letters on them. How appropriate!

Massive green frog

Itty bitty green frogs

Found Nemo!

Shark exhibit

They grow their own coral at the Shedd Aquarium


Upside down jellies

Teeny tiny jellies

For some reason there was an owl at the show.

Yellow frogs

Really tiny shrimp

The architecture of the building was also really cool. I found that most of the architecture in Chicago was very neoclassical/European/Grecian. The details in this building were AMAZING.

When we were done at the Shedd we took the 146 back and got off at T.G.I. Friday's. I ordered the three course meal for $16.99. You could also get a two course for $12.99. For my meal I ordered pot-stickers as an appetizer, the Black Angus petite sirloin medium well with broccoli and sweet potato fries,  the Oreo madness for desert, and a lemonade to drink. I received five pot-stickers, which were very well done. The meat was good and the presentation was also a nice touch. It came with a sauce but I didn't care for it. The steak was really good. It was a rather tiny 6 oz. steak, but I thought it was enough. The broccoli was not cooked as much as I would have liked. It was still crisp, and when I get boiled broccoli I expect it to be boiled. The sweet potato fries were covered in too much salt I thought. They tasted great, but the salt was too much. The Oreo madness was VERY good. It was basically an Oreo ice cream sandwich with Oreo ice cream in between the two cookies.

Oreo Madness

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake - Dad's order
After eating we walked back to the hotel and relaxed for a bit before heading off to the Land of Nod.

Quote of the day: Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures. - Alexandre Dumas