Chicago Day 2: Lou Minalti’s Pizzeria

Lou Minalti’s Pizzeria is another recommendation from Nanzaro’s twitter follower.


The Uber ride from Millennium Park to River North was less than $9. It’s about the same amount if we take the “L”. It’s definitely more convenient.

There was a short wait for our tables as the place is busy. While we were waiting for our table, we were asked to order the pizza first. Apparently, the deep dish pizza takes 45 minutes to prepare.


The decor is very rustic, with bottles embed in walls. The wall on the 2nd level is decorated with skis, roller blades, skateboard, etc.


Ben ordered an appetizer to start with. We shared a Stuffed Spinach Bread.


The Stuffed Spinach Bread was cheesy.


After the appetizer, it took a long time before the rest of our orders came. We should have asked for the pasta to be served first instead of all items served the same time. (more…)

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Chicago Day 2: Millennium Park

After a short rest, we went to the Millennium Park again while there is still day light.


This is the back view of “Looking Into My Dreams, Awilda” sculpture from the world renowned Spanish sculptor, Plensa. It stands 38-feet.


The Millennium Monument is a tribute to the individual, corporate and foundation benefactors of Millennium Park. It is a gift from the William Wrigley, Jr. Co.


A bride taking photo with the Cloud Gate. The third wedding we came across in Chicago. (more…)

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Chicago Day 2: Dylan’s Candy Bar

On our way back to the hotel via Magnificent Mile, we came across a candy store which looks very inviting with colourful candies.


The candy store we came upon is Dylan’s Candy Bar. Dylan Lauren is the daughter of Ralph Lauren.


We just enjoyed the view of candies in rainbow colours.


It was so tempting to get some but we managed to fight off our temptation. So, here are more candies for your eyes. (more…)

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Chicago Day 2: Navy Pier

After window shopping at Water Tower Place, Ben brought us to the Navy Pier.


When Ben first visited Chicago in 2008, he was not aware of the free trolley service and he actually walked to the Pier. So, it’s walkable from the Magnificent Mile.


The free Navy Pier Trolley was packed.


Navy Pier is a pier built along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. It serves as a commercial pier, for entertainment, as a Navy training center and a public gathering place. (more…)

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Chicago Day 2: Pepper Palace

While we were enjoyed the Garrett Popcorn on a bench nearby, we noticed a shop specializes in pepper a few doors away from Garrett Popcorn.


The store is called Pepper Palace. Nanzaro, the spicy food lover just has to check it out.


A chart of the most spicy peppers in the world.


There is a tasting table of some of the hot sauces. (more…)

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Chicago Day 2: Garett Popcorn in Water Tower Place

After touring the Water Tower, we went to Water Tower Place, a shopping mall adjacent to Water Tower.


We came upon Garrett Popcorn which is on our list of things to eat in Chicago.


There is a small line here.


I asked Ben to get a medium size but he got the large one instead. (more…)

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Chicago Day 2: Water Tower

After lunch, we walked along the Magnificent Mile to take in all the luxury retailers.


We arrived at the Chicago Water Tower which houses a large water pump to draw water from Lake Michigan.


Chicago Tower is the only surviving building after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.


The Chicago Tower now serves a a Chicago Office of Tourism art gallery.  (more…)

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Chicago Day 2: Shake Shack, River North

After the River Walk, we went to look for a place for brunch.


We came upon Shake Shack where there is already a line up before the restaurant opens at 11:00AM. We joined the line up as Nanzaaro wanted to try Shake Shack.


You order and pay at the counter.


A pager is given to notify that your order is ready for pickup.


Ben had the ShackBurger which is cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato and Shack Sauce. Shake Shack claims that their burgers is made with 100% all-natural Angus beef, free from hormones and antibiotics. All burgers are cooked medium unless otherwise requested. (more…)

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Chicago Day 2: River Walk

We started the day 2 morning with the River Walk again.


The River Walk was quiet in the morning.


We stopped and take a closer look at the Vietnamese War Memorial.


You can click on the above photo to read the memorial.


This flag represents citizen’s concern of United States military personnel taken as prisoners of war (POWs) or listed as missing in action (MIA). (more…)

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Chicago Day 1: Ghirardelli, River North

After a short rest back in the hotel, we headed out again around 7:30PM. Ben brought us to the Millennium Park while there is still some light.


My first view of the Cloud Gate, also known as the The Bean.


The reflection of the skyline on the stainless steel is amazing.


We were still full from the late buffet lunch from Reza’s, so we decided to skip dinner. In place of that we went for a sweet treat at Ghirardelli.


We had been to the Ghirardelli in San Francisco and Nanzaro is really keen to revisit this confectionery. (more…)

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