We hopped on the bus, and my mom insisted I ask the driver if we were on the right one.
We hopped off the bus and found the right one and arrived at Mies Van der Rohe Ave, where two blocks away our hotel waited.
I guess I should really call it a motel since it was one story and all the room entrances were on the outside. But we only found one roach, so I guess it was worth the deal!
No, really, it was a hotel, and a vintage one at that. And had 18 floors. It's The Seneca, and it's a nice change from the backpacker's I stayed in during my week of travels in South Africa.
The above image is the first to greet us as we walk out the Seneca doors to explore the city!!!
Our first destination in exploration? Giordano's Pizza! We sat down in a booth in the corner and came face to face with our menu, which listed all of the choices of their world famous stuffed pizza. Because, as we all know, Chicago-style pizza means deeeep dish.
Roger Ebert looks over my mom's shoulder as she scanned the menu items.
That's why, in order to avoid cross looks thrown your way, you should not order a thin crust pizza.
But that is what we ordered (with cheese, mushrooms, onions, and black olives, to be exact) and it was probably the best pizza I have ever had. The cool round taste of the olives, the thick and lumpy cheesiness, the the perfect edge the onions provided, and the mild juice of the mushrooms complemented the thin and beautifully crunchy crust and left me wanting
Taking the 137th bite
more more more!
As much as I enjoyed the pizza, I tried to eat with a brisk pace so that we could make it back to our hotel room for the new episode of "Hoarders." We still had the Navy Pier to go to, and at this rate we would make a good-timed tour and be back with plenty of minutes to spare before the show started.
A hastily-taken photo of the girl at the table across from us. She turned to stare at us about every 5 minutes. Either she thought we were crazy or she knew we were totally awesome. Or maybe I just had the air of somebody famous.
At the Pier, we walked past a lot of dinner cruise ships. They looked pretty swanky, and had names like The Oddessy and The Anita Dee. None had the real pirate-garb thing going on like the Tall Ship Windy, which looked like a for-real pirate ship (just use your imagination to replace the American flag with a skull and crossbones).
The Tall Ship Windy
She did pause enough to snap this photo of myself sort of underneath the restaurant sign
We finally walked past the funhouse and steps leading up to the ferris wheel and finally arrived at The Smith Museum of Stained Glass. The museum is completely free and open to the public. The glass panes that were on display were absolutely gorgeous. Interesting to think that many of the elaborate and colorful pieces stood above some wealthy person's door or staircase.
End of Day 1.