Sunday in Chicago – Eat, Drink, Walk

Hungry Suki, Thirsty Suki, Travel

Eating: After packing up my belongings (including all the Healthy Living Summit swag) and checking out of the hotel, I joined a group of fellow attendees heading out to get some of Chicago’s deep dish. We walked up to Gino’s East of Chicago:

Gino's East Gino's East

Some of us ordered the vegetarian and spinach ones to share.

Gino's East

Gino's East Gino's East

Gino's East Gino's East

I’m not big on pizzas, but being in Chicago, I HAD to try the deep dish. There was little more crust than I liked, but in terms of flavor, my tastebuds were certainly enjoying the experience. I liked that it was a milder sauce that didn’t make your face scrunch up from how sour it is!

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Drinking: After the tasty deep dish experience, I parted ways with everyone else and made my way up to Goose Island Brewing Co.. When I asked the hotel for directions on how best to get there, the concierge mentioned how far it would be… It was NOT that far! I bought a day-pass for the public transit, so it was a quick ride and walk.

Goose Island

For $8, you can sample four of the beers on tap. From left to right: 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Nut Brown Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Matilda.

Goose Island

Per Melanie’s suggestion, I also tried just a sip of their Bourbon County Stout. Yum, but strong! After the four-beer sampler, I wasn’t about to order a full glass of this one.

While sipping on the beer, I struck up conversation with two guys [Aldo and Juan] sitting next to me. Juan was from the area, so in addition to giving me his souvenir glass from the brewery tour, he also kindly offered ideas on where to walk around before my evening flight. I didn’t take a photo with them, but they do have my blog info, so if you happen to be reading this, HI ALDO! HI JUAN!

Walking: He had suggested Wrigleyville, so after finishing the various beers, I headed up to Wrigley Field.

Wrigleyville

Wrigleyville

I loved how easy it was to get around. If it wasn’t so hot and humid the rest of the weekend in Chicago, I probably would’ve gotten out there and explored more. With a little bit of time leftover, I hopped back onto the train towards the Loop.

More Drinking: I stopped in at Intelligentsia as I’d heard others raving about it. Now that I’ve checked out their website and found their multiple locations [including CA], I’ll have to ask my LA friends about it.

I ordered an Iced Mocha, which was refreshing. Summer in Chicago is hot!

Intelligentsia Intelligentsia

Intelligentsia

With the walking, the heat, and the carrying of all the luggage to the airport, I’m sure I burned off whatever I consumed during the day. I highly suggest those 1-day, 3-day transit passes for anyone visiting Chicago. It makes the trip a lot easier on the pocket [less than $6/day when a trip is usually $2+].

  • Gregg

    I was literally IN the neighborhood by Wrigleyville for most of my trip! Lindsay and I did the Goose Island place too. Very tasty.

  • http://www.theTsaritsasez.com/ Alexandra the Tsaritsa

    How did the deep dish compare to Zachary’s?

  • Gregg

    I was literally IN the neighborhood by Wrigleyville for most of my trip! Lindsay and I did the Goose Island place too. Very tasty.

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      I was trying to send you DMs that day b/c I noticed you were showing up on my local FourSquare page! :P

  • Anonymous

    How did the deep dish compare to Zachary’s?

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      Good question – I have no tried Zachary’s yet!

      In terms of Bay Area deep dish, I have only been to Patxi’s [the one in Hayes Valley] and Little Star [the one on Divisadero].

      • http://www.squidopus.net neil

        It’s better than Zachary’s, of course :)

        I tried Patxi’s once a few years ago and didn’t like much, but now that I live 2 blocks away, I think I aught to try it once more.

        • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

          Yeah, when you’re two blocks away, you might as well give it another shot. :P

  • http://twitter.com/ElisaQueen Jean C

    Ooh! I’m looking for ideas on what to do in Chicago on a quick 1-2 AYCJ trip so I’m happy to see all your posts.

    I’ve been to the Intelligentsia in Venice Beach, very trendy. Line out the door on a random afternoon.

  • http://twitter.com/ElisaQueen Jean C

    Ooh! I’m looking for ideas on what to do in Chicago on a quick 1-2 AYCJ trip so I’m happy to see all your posts.

    I’ve been to the Intelligentsia in Venice Beach, very trendy. Line out the door on a random afternoon.

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      Glad I can help! I also visited DC last year if you wanted to check those posts. ;)

  • neil

    It’s better than Zachary’s, of course :)

    I tried Patxi’s once a few years ago and didn’t like much, but now that I live 2 blocks away, I think I aught to try it once more.

  • http://cookeatburn.wordpress.com/ Kristie @ cookeatburn

    How was the Matilda? :)

  • http://cookeatburn.wordpress.com/ Kristie @ cookeatburn

    How was the Matilda? :)

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      Pretty good. It was even suggested by the bartender. :)

  • http://twitter.com/karaemurphy Kara Murphy

    Oooh, great pictures of Chi-town and the food/beer. It’s been awhile since I’ve gone and I’d like to change that myself.

  • http://twitter.com/karaemurphy Kara Murphy

    Oooh, great pictures of Chi-town and the food/beer. It’s been awhile since I’ve gone and I’d like to change that myself.

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      It was my first time there, and I’m not sure when I will be back, so I had to try a bunch of different things. :P

  • http://theshubox.com sarah (the SHU box)

    i love that you hit up the bar by yourself — i have never done anything like that (unadventurous, perhaps :) ). but you made it sound like a lot of fun!

  • http://theshubox.com sarah (the SHU box)

    i love that you hit up the bar by yourself — i have never done anything like that (unadventurous, perhaps :) ). but you made it sound like a lot of fun!

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      Sometimes you just have to step out of that comfort zone. ;) I tell myself that now and again, and it usually ends up being a great experience that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.

  • http://girlcando.wordpress.com/ Stina

    312 is possibly my most favorite beer ever. How did you like it?

    I should go to Goose Island one of these days. I’m the worst Chicagoan ever. I don’t like hot dogs or deep dish pizza, and I’ve never been to so many of the quintessential Chicago places before.

  • http://girlcando.wordpress.com/ Stina

    312 is possibly my most favorite beer ever. How did you like it?

    I should go to Goose Island one of these days. I’m the worst Chicagoan ever. I don’t like hot dogs or deep dish pizza, and I’ve never been to so many of the quintessential Chicago places before.

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      I liked the 312! The Goose Island beers I tried were pretty solid. :) You SHOULD go there one day; just don’t accidentally go to their distributing plant instead. I’m not sure if there is beer to try there.

      I know what you mean though… It’s kinda like living in San Francisco and not really eating sourdough all that much.

  • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

    love your food porn
    and also your camera is adorable!! so little and red. makes mine look fat and pink.

  • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

    love your food porn
    and also your camera is adorable!! so little and red. makes mine look fat and pink.

  • http://carlosrull.com Randomguru

    never been to Chicago, so I’m digging your post! ;)

  • http://carlosrull.com Randomguru

    never been to Chicago, so I’m digging your post! ;)

  • http://burpandslurp.com Sophia

    DEEP DISH!! I am SO drooling right now! I am usually not the biggest fan of pizza crust, but I heard that deep dish crust is different. I’ve never tried it, but it’s in my list of “MUST EATS BEFORE I DIE!” :-)

  • http://jamieann.net Jamie

    It’s very funny. I’m a Chicago girl, born and raised and will always prefer super thin crust pizza. Glad you had fun here!

  • http://jamieann.net Jamie

    It’s very funny. I’m a Chicago girl, born and raised and will always prefer super thin crust pizza. Glad you had fun here!

  • http://icedjasminetea.wordpress.com/ Maddy

    Mmm.

    How did you find out about the Healthy Living Summit, and end up going to it? It’s something I’d like to think about doing.

  • http://icedjasminetea.wordpress.com/ Maddy

    Mmm.

    How did you find out about the Healthy Living Summit, and end up going to it? It’s something I’d like to think about doing.

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      I found it through some blogs I was reading at the time, and then it opened me up to a whole community of healthy living bloggers. :) You could look into going to FitBloggin’! It’s in Baltimore in May. Let me know if you need a link.