The next morning we awoke to this magnificent view
We wasted no time setting out to explore the city
Ahh...my love for fleur de lis, and they were all over the architecture downtown
Christmas displays were going up all over town, I just love the big cities at Christmas
The Drake Hotel was putting up there Christmas right behind us
We then took a stroll down to the Lakefront
Not a soul in sight, and the weather was magnificent for this time of year
My favorite spot was an old church right on Michigan Avenue. One of the most traveled roads downtown, but then you enter into what feels like a secret garden in the middle of the city. It was just a simple courtyard of a church but it was so peaceful, and the noises around you just seem to dissipate when you stepped inside. I just stood inside for a long time enjoying my serenity and the architecture of days gone bye.
My husband must have taken this picture when I was having a quiet moment inside
We were then off to an entirely different experience, the Hershey's Store
My husband deciding what deliciousness we will enjoy Hmm...
he went with the smores
Another masterfully designed building downtown
The lionhead fountain was inside this gothic building
Next was Grant Park
We were sad to see that the fountain had already been drained for the winter, but the weather more than made up for it.
If you look really closely you can see my husband and I's reflection right in the middle
After heading back to the Hotel for a little R&R from walking all day we headed out for dinner at Gino's East. Everyone we talked too said this was the place to go for the best Chicago pizza.
It is know for its graffiti wall decor, but better known for its food.
My gorgeous husband, who I'm so blessed to have
This is the bacon cheesburger deep dish pizza! I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a little sick that night, but it was worth it for sure.
And then as if that is not enough we had to get the famous Garrett's popcorn
My husband wasn't convinced that it was the best caramel popcorn he had ever had, but I sure was and continued eating it for the next several days.
These were pictures taken on our walk back to the hotel
This is it for the night...
More pictures to come soon in Part II