Thursday, September 30, 2010

Our Heavenly Weekend Part Four: Deep Dishing


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.

Brownie Sunday

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!

Chocolate Art Institute

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.

The Windy City

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.

Orchestra Hall

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.

It's worth the wait

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!

Still more waitingLara with Graffiti

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.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I love deep dish, and those graffiti covered seats look so urban cool!

    Sweet black & white checked jacket, too. You are so beautiful!!

    PS: Still can't get over how much your kids look like your husband! Love the pouting face & smiling eyes.

    PPS: Did Joel serve a mission in Chicago?

  2. WhaAAt Ghiradelli in Chicago? That's just wrong.
    You need to visit ME for some G. :)

    Totally unfair.

    I also won't make you wait that long for pizza, or pasta. :)

  3. I love that last picture of you. It must be you thinking about how wonderful that hot chocolate was? Or maybe you're thinking of Joel since he's taking the picture? Maybe both? I also love Joel's frowny face picture. How fun.

  4. Love, love, LOVE the photo of you in the black and white coat. What a fun weekend! Hopefully there will be many more to look forward to!

  5. Okay, I just have to say that a restaurant with that many patrons and such a reputation is just rude to not expand. My goodness. I could write a whole post on this. It's called increase the price of your pizza and/or open up another location. I understand about the wait being part of the experience, but let's be serious.

    Now that I got (the shortened version of) that off my chest I'll say, Glad you had some fun experiences! And that hot chocolate sounds divine!

  6. I've never been to Chicago.... I have really enjoyed these posts and your trip :)You had me at Ghirardelli
    .....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmMMMMMMMMMMM! ok, yeah :)
    love the pictures....again.

  7. I want to go to The American Girl store so badly! It's probly a little different than when I was young, but it would still be so great:)

    Glad you had a wonderful weekend.

  8. It has been fun reading all your posts about your heavenly weekend!

    My daughter is 21. She (me) loved AG dolls. One of our best Mom/daughter outing was going to an official AG tea party lunch. She was nine then. It was wonderful! I still remember getting their catalogs in the mail and watching her read them over and over! (She has 3 AG dolls tucked away for her daughter who is 9 months old)

  9. Yeah, you know, give me thin crust pizza anytime—but then, I'm not a Chi-town gal, so maybe that's the difference. But I *am* a total pizza snob, and I had all but written off pizza in the Pacific Northwest until I went to a little place called Dove Vivi in Portland last weekend. Fresh corn and carmelized onions on the pizza, no marinara sauce, crust made with cornmeal instead of flour. To. Die. For. It's all I can do not to just drive the 140 miles to Portland right this minute and get my fix.

    Sorry. I got distracted by the pizza. Looks like you guys had a fantastic time, despite waiting forever to eat, and I love your houndstooth coat!

  10. Oh divinity! It sounds like every second was packed to capacity and then some. One day I am going to have to try Chicago style pizza. I hear it is so good. But I am with you on the pizza issue. It's just pizza. No big deal, right?

  11. Every time we go (went) to Chicago, we would order deep dish from Giovanni's (I think that's what it was called) and freak out how heavy one pizza could be. It can kill you, but it is good.

    And you look SO pretty in your photos. I especially love the last one.

  12. Soooo many fun photos - especially love the one catching you and hubbie in the round mirror - very nice!

    Lots of adventures :)


  13. I really loved all the photos. But I especially like the one of you in that black & white checkered jacket. You are very beautiful. It really does sound like a heavenly weekend with your sweet husband. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

  14. Oh, I am so jealous! A heavenly weekend indeed!

    I saw that pizza place on this show on the food network called, "the best thing i ever ate". Yum. I love pizza.

    I love the pictures of you and Joel!!