Here are a few pictures from our stay. I didn't really get any good ones of the actual rooms, but they were nice. The master bath even had a steam shower = love after the marathon!
Bongo Room. Apparently this is like the breakfast place in Chicago. We went to the new location in Andersonville that just opened not too long ago. We were able to walk just a few block north of our condo to get there. We all had some kind of egg breakfast...scrambles, omelets, croissant sandwich, etc. But the waitress said we had to try a pancake since we hadn't been before...we said ok, we'll share one. Well it was a good thing we did because it was AMAZING! It was a pancake with pieces of pretzel and caramel and vanilla creme syrups on top. Oh my gosh! I think we licked the plate!
Friday lunch at Pleasant House Bakery. It was a super small local place with daily specials and local, fresh ingredients. There was a limited menu, so we all had fish & chips. Which, I have to say, were very good. Cole even had some too. We almost didn't stay, but were were hungry and decided to just go for it. We were happy we did.
Cole played with Nina on the bench while we were waiting.
Friday night dinner at Quartino. Tony and I went here when we were in Chicago in 2006. (It's been awhile!) They have Italian food in kind of a tapas style where you order several things for the table to share. My Dad wasn't a huge fan, but the rest of us liked it. It was kind of crowded, but we had a 6:00 reservation which worked out well for having a little one. There were also other kids there, so we didn't feel bad bringing Cole.
Sunday night reward dinner at Gino's East. Deep dish, Chicago style pizza is where it's at when you are starving from running for hours! We also got there before 6:00 and only had a few people in line in front of us. The pizza takes 45 minutes to cook, so we were ready with our order right away. We left stuffed and happy!
Monday lunch was at Portillo's hot dogs. We had to hit up all the Chicago style places and didn't think the Wiener Circle was "family friendly". We did run by there during the marathon though. Portillo's was really good. Tons of choices other than hot dogs too and very good chocolate cake for dessert. We found out that Cole doesn't really like hot dogs right now, but we ate tons of french fries that he wanted to "dip" every time.
We drove by Wrigley Field on our way to lunch.
Nina and Cole were chilly walking in downtown.
After lunch on Monday we went to the Shedd Aquarium. It's right on the water and has cool views of downtown Chicago.
We saw this huge shark swimming right above us!
Two of my favorite pictures from the weekend:
Our family photo after the marathon expo. Cole actually looked at the camera and smiled!
Tony and I ready to "Own Chicago" in our 3rd marathon together!