By the time we finished with the temple, ran back to our hotel and changed, and drove into downtown Chicago (no train this time), it was already 4:45. We had both looked forward to going to the Art Institute, but alas, it closed at 5:00 Saturdays and it was no use trying. Next time we'll get there.
In looking for a parking garage along "The Magnificent Mile," we found something that was almost as good as the Art Institute. Ghirardelli! It's always a must stop for us while in San Francisco so we (especially Joel) were very happy to find it in Chicago. Joel had a brownie sundae and I had pumpkin spice caramel hot chocolate. Mmmmm.....good!
And since we couldn't go see real art, we just had to be satisfied with the chocolate art that Ghirardelli provided for us.
We also ran a super secret errand for my mom at The American Girl Place. I cannot wait for my girls to open their gifts from Mamah and Grandpa on Christmas morning and I cannot wait to take them to Chicago to that amazing store (which is so much more than just a store!)! They have all been obsessed with The American Girl dolls for months.
So after we stashed the loot in the car, we just walked around the city for a while and took as much as we could in.
Like Orchestra Hall in the daylight.
Then we got kind of hungry. And we decided to go to that deep dish pizza place that Joel once went to when he was in Chicago almost 20 years ago. I honestly had no idea what the big deal was about Chicago Deep Dish.
But after waiting more than an hour in the line outside of the restaurant, and another half hour inside, I get it.
We were promised it was worth the wait, so I hoped they were right. Although, I didn't even order pizza. Believe it or not, it's not my favorite thing to eat, so I got pasta. Which was great. Joel ordered the deep dish. And it took 45 minutes for them to cook it!
Pretty much every surface in Gino's is covered in graffiti. I'm guessing it's because it's the only thing to do after you have waited so long for your food and have long since run out of conversation options.
Joel says the experience was worth the wait. The pizza? Not so much. But this is the food snob speaking, so don't let that deter you from trying the deep dish.
After we ate it was time to drive back to the hotel and get a good sleep for the seven hour drive back home in the morning and back to regularly scheduled life.
Which is just a little bit easier to stomach after a heavenly weekend such as ours.