$1.50 Trip to Chicago!

We live 50 miles NW of Chicago.  One of the greatest cities in the world is in our backyard and we don’t take advantage of it as much as we should.  Um, turns out Tony as big a fan of the city as me, so whenever I can get a chance to go to Chicago with my Mom, sister or daughter, I jump at the chance.

As luck would have it, Hannah and her boyfriend both had the day off so we met downtown at the train station.  Our train station window is only open during rush hour in the morning, so I had cash to buy my ticket on the train.  I got a paper, got my seat on the top level of the train, and when the conductor walked by asking for tickets, I heard a clicking of a ticket being punched, and then he moved on.

I looked down and there was a 10-ride ticket right in front of where I was sitting.  When we got to Chicago, no one claimed it around me, so I picked it up and as luck would have it, it had one punch left for my trip home.  Someone must have left it by accident!  It would have cost me $13.50 round trip for my ticket!

The restaurant we were eating at was right by Hannah’s work.  She hooked me up with a lot of bread!  Hannah said that anything already made or sliced can’t go to a food coop, so she brought me three cheese miche bread, sundried tomato and sourdough bread.  I think I love bread just as much as I love cheese!

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We stopped by Hannah’s school to return some books she rented now that her semester is over.  That went by really fast!

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Tamarind was a multi-cultural restaurant.  I was tempted by a few Indian dishes, but in the end I decided to go with a beef pho.  It has shaved pieces of tender beef, beef meatballs and a side of fixings to add – you know I spiced mine up!

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My soup came in this gorgeous container – it had noodles on the bottom, but sadly I forgot to say no onions!  There were long strands of onions, luckily I was able to pick them out from the noodles, but it was kind of a pain in the ass.  Why do onions even need to exist?  Hannah insisted on buying lunch – thanks Hanners! 😀

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We then walked to Macy’s (Marshall Field’s back in my day) to see the Christmas windows.  I was a bit disappointed because back in the day, you started at one end and it told a story from window to window.  These windows were all individual and didn’t seem to have a theme going at all.

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We then went to Old Navy, H&M, and a few other stores on State Street before heading to Michigan Avenue.  If we had planned a little better, we would have gone ice skating at Millennium Park.  When Hannah was little we used to go ice skating every Friday night for open skate night – we had our own skates back then and it only cost us $1 each for 2 hours of skating.  Hannah would skate circles around me, I never got very good at it!

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We then headed over to the bean:

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The weather wasn’t bad at all – about 39 degrees, not a whole lot of wind.  We walked for miles and I loved it.  That’s one thing about living in the sticks, you never can walk to anywhere.  You could walk for 45 minutes and never actually get to anything!

I caught the express train home – my trip to the city took an hour and fifteen minutes.  My return was only 50 minutes. Open-mouthed smile   While I don’t miss the commute to Chicago, I do miss being able to go to different restaurants on my lunch break.   Frontera Grill and Heaven on Seven were two of my favorites.

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So we smiled, laughed, ate and enjoyed our day in Chicago!   Sure beats going to work if you ask me. Open-mouthed smile

Updated:  I forgot to add two pics from my Instagram!

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I ended up making smoked sausage and Zataran’s black beans and rice for dinner.  We both agreed that the red beans and rice tastes better, but it wasn’t bad.

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Now back to reality.  Off to get ready for work – looking forward to my lunch time workout today, and I am making chicken enchiladas for dinner.

Make it a great day!

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  • Jenn@slim-shoppin
    December 18, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Next time I’m coming with you! Had I had any vacation left – I would have gone in a second. Great pics!

  • Kim of Mo'Betta
    December 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

    That sounds like so much fun!

  • findingradiance
    December 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

    What an awesome day. John and I loved taking the train in from the suburbs on weekends when $5 would get you a weekend pass. Loved going into the city for Intelligentsia coffee! 😀

  • Carrie @ Season It Already!
    December 18, 2012 at 8:59 am

    What a nice little trip! We love Chicago. I’ll have to check out Tamarind next time we are there… 😉

  • Jane
    December 18, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I think it is awesome you have such a great relationship with your daughter. Sounds like you had a great day!

  • myjourneytofit
    December 18, 2012 at 8:59 am

    That last shot of you and Hannah needs to be printed out and framed – what a great picture! Sounds like such a fun, adventurous day – so nice to have adult children who you like to spend time with, isn’t it?

    • biz319
      December 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

      yep! hope you are having fun with your boys!

  • Renee@Mykitchenadventures
    December 18, 2012 at 9:25 am

    What a fun day to spend with your daughter! I agree…time flies by! My son insisted on buying me lunch yesterday too…lol

  • Bonnie
    December 18, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I love Chicago too! We go in at least twice a month and I usually go in more than that. The Macy’s windows don’t seem to have a theme and they aren’t as “magical” as when it was Marshall Field’s–or, at least I don’t think they are.


  • spunkysuzi (@spunkysuzi)
    December 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

    What a fun day! Love to see pictures of you and Hannah

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    December 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

    What fun! I have never been to Tamarind, but it sounds like I need to. I love onions. 😉 Glad you had a great day in the city.

  • Heather Mursch
    December 18, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Gosh, I love Chicago so much. You have me a little home sick now, and I’m not even from there!!!!!!! 🙂

  • Erica
    December 18, 2012 at 10:28 am

    What a fantastic day! Well deserved 🙂 haha- I love onions…always cracks me up when you talk about them. However, I hate mushrooms, so I totally know how you feel. Cute picture of you and Hannah

  • Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds
    December 18, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Biz….I can’t live in a world without onions…Though I can sure live without those bean sprouts!!!

  • Aimee
    December 18, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Such a great day. I have been to Chicago once years ago and I loved it. I am eyeing the marathon so I can visit again. It seems to be my ticket to travel lately. I run for trips!

    You and Hannah are adorable. Seriously!

  • Helen
    December 18, 2012 at 11:31 am

    What a fun, fun day to have this time of year! Remember my boss who passed away a couple years ago? He owned a condo right across the street from Millenium Park! He loved Chicago so much.

    I live a 2 hour train ride from NYC and often wish I went more often. Mr. Helen is not a fan so I always need to either go with a friend or alone which I think keeps me from going more.

    • biz319
      December 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

      I didn’t know he had a condo in Chicago! What is it about our men not wanting to visit busy cities?! 😀

  • Errign
    December 18, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Looks like an awesome day with Hannah in Chicago 🙂

  • Tami
    December 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    What a wonderful day in the city Biz!

  • artcolony2
    December 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I miss Chicago so much!! I bought a Chicago Street Food cookbook before we left. We have been in Texas nearly two years. I am not sure if I could handle a real winter again.

  • Louise
    December 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Christmas in Chicago was always fun when I was a child……I loved going into Marshall Fields and looking at the decorated windows. My mother and I would eat in Marshall Field’s. They always had most biggest Christmas tree I ever saw in the middle of the store. Good memories.

    It is good to make memories with Hannah, she’ll always remember “Christmas with Mom in Chicago 2012.”

  • Kym
    December 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    It looks like you had a wonderful day in the city. I have never been to Chicago. It looks like fun. I want a Chicago deep dish pizza. I saw one on a TV show once and have been trying to find something similar. My taste buds randomly crave it even though I have never had one. It was a good visual. Your deep dish is the closest I have seen. I made one and it was spectacular. You and Hannah always seem to make the most of whatever time you get together 🙂

    I can’t wait to see your new weigh in results. Your photos show your hard work has paid off. I’m jealous, proud and inspired but lack the proper amount of motivation 🙁

    • biz319
      December 19, 2012 at 11:24 am

      The coat covers a lot Kym! And THANK YOU for your lovely gift!! I can’t wait to post about it tomorrow! 😀 (p.s. how did you know I loved snowmen?!)

  • Kristen (swanky dietitian)
    December 18, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    How fun!
    I love Chicago! I have only been once but seeing your pictures makes me want to go back!

  • Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
    December 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

    This looks like such a fun trip! I haven’t been to Chicago in years.

  • Rhonda
    December 19, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    How lucky to find that ticket! I have never been to Chicago, which is sad because Tom was born in Palatine. His parents lived there for a few years and really loved it. Too bad he is a Cubs fan though, right? 😉 you can follow me on instagram, I am ‘wiliger’

    • biz319
      December 20, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Thanks! I will find you!