Visit to Chicago, 26, 27, 280513

May 30, 2013

DS’ mother, LS, asked, “So how was the great Chicago trip?” and the answer is….

Well…the attractions were nice. We managed to do quite a bit…the “Ferrist” Wheel, the Carousel, and a really lovely night architecture cruise. The decision to have Italian food at Capi’s

was a good one..the food was excellent

next day, breakfast became a very protracted lunch, thanks to a dreadfully long wait for a table, and an equally long wait for (good) food at Yolk:

by the time we got out of there (we actually gave our names and went and tried our luck at Waffles, which was just as bad, so we came back!) the Aquarium was also getting crowded. As Derek puts it, we admired the incredible length of the queue, and we came back to the hotel, and drove over to Evanston in the afternoon, and though we didn’t see the House Where Lynn Lived, (or the House Where Al Capone lived!) we did visit the Bahai’i Temple, and then went to the Indian area, and I met up with an FB friend of mine, Manini Rao, and her son Hrittik and we had excellent south Indian food at the Udupi Palace

My friend’s son had a dosai with us, and she had a coffee. Hrittik, who’s a very sweet 6, and Boodi got along famously! DnA did their Indian grocery shopping while I took care of the kids…here, too, the crowd and noise factor was immense, and it was raining, and cold. The groceries, supposed to be half the price of St.Louis, turned out to be the same prices…PLUS very crowded shopping conditions!

On Sunday morning, we made it in reasonable time to the Shedd Aquarium. . Boodi didn’t get very interested in this place, though Anjana and she did see the Dora the Explorer show, and the exhibits were good. The crowd and noise level got more and more stressful, and we were very, very happy to be out. We were done by about 1pm or so. We had so many leftovers from our other meals that we just came back to the hotel, picked up our bags, and drove back. The little one did not seem happy in the car after a couple of hours, and we had to make multiple stops to try and pacify him…we got home around 8.30pm, I think.

MOTS (Moral Of The Story)….do not visit touristy attractions on a long weekend! However, we still managed to have quite a good time, and certainly Boodi and Bobby (don’t ask me why, but Mohan calls him that and it seems SUCH an apt name for him, much more than Kalyan…it reminds me very much of Big Bob!) bore up very well to the trip. Here he is, praying that we get home soon…

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Boodi Ma is sitting next to me trying to ruin my phone, and she said “hi to Nanna” in a tiny voice when I told her I am emailing you. I’ve got a pic of her latest tee, and you’re guaranteed to like it!

I’ve been posting albums on FB, you can go through them…I’ve not posted the Aquarium photos yet. Will get to it soon….Bobby-Booda has been rather fidgety the last couple of days, and it’s been difficult to get time on the laptop.

STL is warm and humid…and I’m hoping that we have a mild time of it….! I do hate the warm weather. DnA spent almost the entire night de-bugging the garage :( I spent the night awake fighting off mosquitoes…we’d left the front door open while we all went over to talk to Sandy and Michael next door (tomorrow they complete 42 years of marriage!)


Art of Lust/Rust/Dust:  photo DSC08045_zps0a76a9b4.jpg Q was the letter we learnt to fear in Chicago!  photo DSC08100_zpse5858b3e.jpg When we came back to the hotel, from our 11th floor room we saw an Indian wedding (baaraat) in progress at the Chicago Hilton next door: indn wding navy pier, chicago, 260513 photo DSC08359_zps859d7f7c.jpg The Museum had this creature who is slightly older than I am:  photo DSC08323_zpsaaaaa940.jpg Architecture was beautiful everywhere: aqrm,  chicago, 260513 photo DSC08310_zps1a1ca441.jpg The gulls were bold and beautiful: gullchicago, 260513 photo DSC08307_zps76daee93.jpg Sculptures dotted the Millenium Park:  photo DSC08274_zps5bf4795d.jpg Just like Forest Park, Millenium Park had a lot of Segways:  photo DSC08256_zps00149ca6.jpg Scraping the sky...  photo DSC08255_zpsb70ae3b5.jpg The Memorial Day weekend fireworks from the Architecture Night Cruise were lovely to watch:  photo DSC08181_zps154671f4.jpg Imagine, some designer busts his gut to design these buildings, only to have them dubbed the Corn on the Cob!  photo DSC08165_zps77694656.jpg Here's the Sears Tower:  photo DSC08142_zpsd677eaf7.jpg More beautiful, illumintated buildings:  photo DSC08136_zps6a5491ea.jpg  photo DSC08121_zpsa3412205.jpg  photo DSC08120_zpsd554432b.jpg What are tourist attractions without junk items?  photo DSC08098_zps51366740.jpg the famous Ferris Wheel on the Navy Pier:  photo DSC08084_zps592d8694.jpg The dancing fountains:  photo DSC08078_zps2dfcfc96.jpg  photo DSC08038_zpsaa7255e4.jpg  photo DSC08016_zpsc7be487c.jpg Tiramisu and cappucino, a great combination at Capi's: trmsu cpcno navy pier, chicago, 260513 photo DSC07961_zps9d61e532.jpg Carousing on the Carousel:  photo DSC07938_zpse0007354.jpg Exchanged looks,and vows, at a wedding in the Crystal Building:  photo DSC07931_zpsa6ef4896.jpg the Carousel and the Wave Slinger,from the Ferris Wheel:  photo DSC07893_zpse31f0a1b.jpg Two lines in Lake Michigan:  photo DSC07895_zps8a266dd9.jpg

Let me end with this picture of happiness at the prospect of the “Ferrist Wheel ride!”

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For more photos of the first day, see my FB albums,





Haven’t got around to the second and third days yet!