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After 7+ hours of traveling, Megan and I finally arrived in Chicago around 6 PM last night.  I was so excited to check out the city – I’ve never been here and it’s gorgeous.

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Let’s go back in time a bit…

 

Our flights involved one delay after the other.  Luckily, we had Internet and magazines to keep us busy.  I snacked on an apple, crackers, and a fruit leather as well.

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Chicago has great public transportation.  We took the train from the airport to a stop about 0.5 mile from our hotel and dragged our very heavy suitcases around.

 

Once we got settled in, we hooked up with fellow blends Julie and Chandra and decided to just lay low and see the city for a bit.    First, I asked them to help me finish stuffing the swag bags – the other members of the planning member did the bulk of the work earlier but I had one more thing to slip in.

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The swag is pretty great this year!  The bags don’t close!

 

Then, we walked to Gino’s for their famous deep-dish pizza.  The 1.0 mile walk to the restaurant was a great way to see the city, and the mile back was a nice way to get the heavy pizza to settle in my stomach.  :)

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At Gino’s, I had a glass of red wine:

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And about 2/3 slice of a Vegetarian pizza and 1/2 of a cheese and spinach.  They were HUGE pieces, but really great.  The crusty was similar to pie crust – super buttahy and flaky.  Two thumbs up.

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After a great night’s sleep, I’m meeting friends (old and new) in the lobby for a run, and then it’s a full day of conference activities.

 

Have you been to Chicago?  What’s your favorite city architecturally?

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  • Nicole, RD August 13, 2010, 8:22 am

    I am from Chicago and this makes me miss home! ENJOY!

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  • megan August 13, 2010, 8:23 am

    Sounds like a great evening – can’t wait to read all about the conference!

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  • Estela @ Weekly Bite August 13, 2010, 8:25 am

    Can’t wait to read about the conference :)

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  • Kristen August 13, 2010, 8:26 am

    I’ve never been to Chicago- but I hear it is really beautiful. I’m in New York City this weekend and am excited to explore some of the architecture here but I have a feeling that once I see Chicago, it will be my favourite.

    I hope everything goes well at the summit!

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  • Teri [a foodie stays fit] August 13, 2010, 8:27 am

    Yes, I’ve been to Chicago. And Gino’s is delicious! yum!

    I love NYC architecturally . There is just so much old and so much new combined together, perfectly. LOVE that city!

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  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 13, 2010, 8:31 am

    I like Gino’s

    The pizza in Chicago is so filling though. Me and 3 friends split a small (which is only 4 pieces!)

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  • Jen @ Jen is Green August 13, 2010, 8:37 am

    Never been to Chicago but that deep dish pizza looks amazing!

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  • Anne @thefitbridesmaid August 13, 2010, 8:37 am

    I lived in Chicago for about 9 months. I absolutely love it. It is so clean and friendly. Plus, you can’t beat the deep dish. I keep trying to convince Matt to move there, but he’s not so sure on the weather.

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  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) August 13, 2010, 8:38 am

    I have never been to Chicago – I would love to go one day, though! A friend of a friend lives there and is always raving about how fantastic it is.

    My favorite city, architecturally and for its culture and food, is New Orleans. Once you sober up, there’s plenty of fantastic food and entertainment to enjoy, and then you get plastered again, and then once you sober up from that there’s shopping and breathtaking buildings. I’m convinced it’s my soul city. :-)

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  • jen August 13, 2010, 8:39 am

    I went to Chicago for the first time last summer for a conference and I LOVED it. Gorgeous, gorgeous city! (In the summer, at least!) I wish I was there at the HLS!

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  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat August 13, 2010, 8:43 am

    I looooove Chicago but my favorite city is probably New York :)

    I’m glad you went to Gino’s…if you are going to eat Chicago pizza, that is the best place! Have fun, wish I could be there.

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  • Julia @ Brit Bride August 13, 2010, 8:46 am

    Have a blast girls x

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  • Marina August 13, 2010, 8:50 am

    I would love to try that deep dish pizza :)
    Have fun girls, I wish I could be there :)

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  • Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure August 13, 2010, 8:58 am

    Oooh that pizza sounds yummy, have a great time!

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  • Wei-Wei August 13, 2010, 8:58 am

    I don’t remember ever being to Chicago! The pizza looks amaaaaazing. And what IS that big reflective thing in the first photo?!

    Wei-Wei

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    • caitlin August 13, 2010, 9:59 am

      It’s art! it looks like a kidney bean :)

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    • Courtney August 13, 2010, 1:34 pm

      It’s called Cloud Gate, but everyone calls it “the bean”. It’s in Millenium Park along with a bunch of other cool art! :D

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  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances August 13, 2010, 8:59 am

    Everything looks like so much fun! :) have a great day!

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  • Kelly August 13, 2010, 9:02 am

    Even though I’m a thin crust pizza girl, I think I need to get to chicago and try authentic deep dish. Ya know, just for reference. Have fun!

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  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well August 13, 2010, 9:02 am

    I’ve been to Chicago once. I was there for a school conference and maybe had two hours to look around the city one morning. I loved what I saw though. I loved the relfective bean. :) I really want to go back one day since my Stepdad is from there. So, uh, make sure you eat at a lot of awesome places and report back so I can save your posts for my next trip.

    Have fun at HLS!!

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  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 13, 2010, 9:03 am

    I think I’m just and East Coast girl because that pizza just doesn’t do it for me. I like my crust super thin.

    I’ve never been to Chicago but my favorite cities architecturally are Paris and Prague. Prague surprised me with how beautiful it was.

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  • Carrie August 13, 2010, 9:04 am

    Welcome to Chicago! Long time reader, first time commentorhere. I’ve lived in Chicago for 5 years, but it’s always been my fave city architecturally, the Trib and Wrigley buildings especially. And Gino’s is awesome (though I prefer Giordanno’s :))

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    • caitlin August 13, 2010, 10:00 am

      are you coming to the fun run on sunday? we’re meeting at 8 am in the congress plaza lobby! come up to me and say hi!

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      • Carrie August 13, 2010, 10:14 am

        I could use a fun run! Looking forward to meeting you :)

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  • Susan - Nurse on the Run August 13, 2010, 9:04 am

    I grew up in Chicago and I LOVE it….my favorite city, especially in the summer! So much to do, so much to see….and eight million times better than the winter!

    Deep dish is great, and super filling…delish!

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  • Dana P. August 13, 2010, 9:07 am

    Chicago is amazing! You probably won’t have time, but I highly recommend the Museum of Science and Industry. It’s really cool!!

    Last night I was reading the recent issue of Glamour magazine when all of a sudden there is a page about Operation Beautiful. I exclaimed “Oh my goodness!” and my husband looked at me like I was strange. I’ve been following your blog for a year now and I was so excited for you to be featured in the magazine. Congratulations!

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    • caitlin August 13, 2010, 10:01 am

      Yay! thank you for reading :)

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    • Courtney August 13, 2010, 1:33 pm

      Science and Industry is really cool, I agree! They have an entire new section about the human body, which features some gross plastified bodies :/, but also neat interactive exhibits, like one that measures your pulse while standing and while exercising. I also recommend the Shedd Aquarium if you have time :)

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  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place August 13, 2010, 9:11 am

    glad you are enjoying my city! have a great time this weekend

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  • Jen August 13, 2010, 9:15 am

    I love Chicago! It has great architecture in and around the city. Other than Chicago, my current city (Buffalo) has some great historic buildings too.

    I wish I could be there for HLS, sadly the scheduling didn’t work for me this year- hopefully next year! Have a great time!

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  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 13, 2010, 9:15 am

    My first time in chicago was last october – my husband and I went there for a week right after our wedding. I LOVED every second of being there – so much to do and see and great public transportation!

    We are thinking about going there again this year for our anniversary :)

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  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 13, 2010, 9:17 am

    Looks like a great start to Chicago. I have only been there once in high school and never got to see the city. I really want to go back though. Favorite city ever is Paris! I LOVE it! Have fun today!

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  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 13, 2010, 9:18 am

    Those pizzas look so amazing. I love walking to and from a restaurant. It really settles my stomach to walk around after a good meal.

    You look so beautiful in that flowery dress! Have a great weekend!

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  • Alyssa August 13, 2010, 9:22 am

    Gino’s is awesome!!!!! Did you see how you can write stuff all over the walls in the bathroom? Crazy and definitely a fun place! :)

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  • Lisa @ Foods on the Move August 13, 2010, 9:23 am

    Looking forward to hearing more about the Summit. I was in Chicago a year and a half ago, after a flight delay. Rather than waiting in the airport, we made the most of it by going into the cityf for the day.

    Architecturally, Rome is the most beautiful city I’ve been too. I fell in love with the old structures, and couldn’t believe the Parthenon is right outside of a subway stop. Unbelievable.

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  • Megan August 13, 2010, 9:26 am

    I live in the suburbs and love this City! If you have a chance while you are here, you should do the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s boat tour– it is about 1.5 hours but totally worth the time. You learn so much and get to see the City from the river. With your planning background, you would be in heaven :)

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  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans August 13, 2010, 9:35 am

    Chicago looks so nice! I never travel in the US but it looks like a good city to start in.

    Toronto would be a great host city for next year’s conference *hint hint* :)

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  • Heather August 13, 2010, 9:35 am

    Glad you are all enjoying the city! I’m just 40 minutes away in NW Indiana & LOVE being so close to Chicago.

    Now you need to try Lou Malnati’s pizza too. Better than Gino’s ;)

    Have a FAB time!!!!

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    • Kelly August 13, 2010, 9:48 am

      I agree, Lou Malnatis is the best!

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      • Courtney August 13, 2010, 1:26 pm

        Nooo Gino’s is so much better! :D

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  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale August 13, 2010, 9:40 am

    I live here, so YES! I grew up downtown, and I’m a hardcore Chi-town lover!
    We have some amazing architecture here. Chicago is home to some very famous architects: Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, and even Frank Llyod Wright for a time. Anywhere you go downtown, you’ll see stunning works of art just looking at buildings.

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  • betsy August 13, 2010, 9:41 am

    Yes I grew up not too far from Chi town! You must get the famous Garrett’s popcorn! Caramel and cheese combo is the best. Oh and the best pizza is Pizanno’s..get the thin crust! Have fun!!!! Such a fun city!

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  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 13, 2010, 9:44 am

    Omigosh! That pizza looks INSANE! It’s hard for me to choose my favorite city architecturally. If we’re staying in the US, its Portland. Canada its Vancouver, BC. I’ve never been to Europe, but since I absolutely love Palladio, Vicenza would be amazing to visit.

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  • Kelly August 13, 2010, 9:45 am

    I am from the suburbs of Chicago and went to art school in downtown Chicago, so I love it there!! :) You’ll have a great time.

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  • tanyasdaily August 13, 2010, 9:47 am

    lot’s to do there!

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  • Augie August 13, 2010, 9:51 am

    I LOVE CHICAGO. I LOVE IT. It is my favorite city in all of the US. I went there to run the Chicago Marathon back in 2004 (and 2006)and I fell in LOVE with it. Everything there is interesting to see. everything. I am enjoying your pics!! Enjoy your time there and also the fabulous runs!

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  • Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life August 13, 2010, 9:52 am

    That’s one intense pizza! I have never visited Chicago, or many BIG cities in the US. Drivien through them, yes, but not visited. The best architecture I have seen would be in Harrogate, England. In all the places I’ve lived, that was hands down the best in terms of the downtown atmosphere. The buildings were historic, and the churches and castles in the surrounding area were beautiful.

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  • Amanda August 13, 2010, 9:58 am

    I’ve been to Chicago several times and tried all of the “top” deep dish pizza places and Gino’s is my absolute favorite! So jealous of your delicious pizza. Architecturally my favorite city is Paris, because it truly is one of the most beautiful cities.

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    • Courtney August 13, 2010, 1:22 pm

      YAY! I’m glad you like Gino’s- my great uncle founded it so it makes me so happy when people say it’s their favorite :D

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      • Amanda August 13, 2010, 1:39 pm

        It’s the best pizza ever! I wish I lived closer to Chicago sometimes so I could have it more although it’s probably best for my waistline that I don’t haha.

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  • Rachel August 13, 2010, 10:08 am

    Never been to Chicago but would love to visit. Already planning on attending the HLS next year! I feel like the only blogger on the planet not there right now :(

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  • Heather (Heather's Dish) August 13, 2010, 10:15 am

    i’ve never been to chicago, but i ADORE san francisco! i love the houses there…so distinct and beautiful!

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  • Jessica (Fit and Clean) August 13, 2010, 10:22 am

    If I had known about the Healthy Living Summit ahead of time, I would have LOVED to join you! That sounds so much fun, and I LOVE meeting new people with the same interests that I have. Enjoy your time in Chi town!

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  • Bethany August 13, 2010, 10:29 am

    My favorite cities are Chicago and San Fran. Love them both. Enjoy your time and I can’t wait to read about the HLS on your blog and many others that I also follow.

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  • Cate August 13, 2010, 10:31 am

    I LOVE Chicago. My plan is to move there someday soon. It is just an amazing city and Gino’s definitely has great pizza.
    I hope you have a great time there and I look forward to reading about the summit! :)

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  • Beth August 13, 2010, 10:33 am

    I’m glad you like it! I live here, but my favorite city architecturally is Paris, for sure. Hope to meet you later!

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  • Heather August 13, 2010, 10:39 am

    never been there! The swag bags look awesome!

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  • Sarah August 13, 2010, 11:00 am

    welcome to chicago!! i live downtown and love it:) hope the summit goes well and can’t wait to here about it! maybe one day i will start a blog and join the fun:)

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  • jessica August 13, 2010, 11:00 am

    I LOVE CHicago — as a Minneapolis girl, it is only a hop, skip, and a jump away. I think it is my favorite city in the US, actually. Maybe San Fran. We’ll see. But anyway, I love it, and there are so many great options for running along the lake, etc. The runs go by so fast beacuse there is so much cool stuff to look at!

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  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 13, 2010, 11:02 am

    I’ve not yet been to Chicago, but it’s definitely on my travel list. My boss is from there and is always talking about its wonders. As for my favorite cities architecturally, I’m torn between San Francisco an New York.

    That pizza almost looks like soup! Deep dish amazes me.

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  • loreejo August 13, 2010, 11:02 am

    LUV Chicago and usually go a couple of times/year, even if just for a day trip from here in Tulsa. It’s a nice weather break in the middle of the summer! I also love that picture of Megan! :) Have fun ladies!

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  • Cati @ crave and create August 13, 2010, 11:03 am

    I went to Chicago in February (first time) for a conference and loved it! Going back in a couple of weeks to visit a grad school friend, and I’m excited to have more time to just tour the city this time. Of course, I had to have pizza (and will have it again!)–amazing how the crust is so buttery and flaky without seeming overly greasy, isn’t it?

    My favorite city in the US Boston!

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  • Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 13, 2010, 11:22 am

    Jeez! Those swag bags are huge! BTW – I was at my grandma’s the other day and was reading her Woman’s Day magazine and saw an article about OB! OB is everywhere – Congrats. :-D

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  • Corinne (breathe and savor) August 13, 2010, 11:22 am

    I JUST came back from Chicago. If you get a chance (which you might not since you have a busy weeekend ahead of you) go on the architecture boat tour! The bean is soo beautiful, I love your nighttime pics :) Have fun

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  • Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks August 13, 2010, 11:23 am

    Aw, Chicago! I’ve spent lots of time there, and it is a great city. Have fun!

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  • Mac August 13, 2010, 11:30 am

    I’ve never been to Chicago (other than to the airport)which I think is a sin since I live in WI, 6 hours away. I have heard AMAZING things about the pizza there though and it will definitely be my first meal when I finally make the trip!

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    • Courtney August 13, 2010, 1:20 pm

      You have to go to Gino’s East! It’s the oldest and best- you can sign your name on the walls and furniture :)

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      • Mac August 13, 2010, 1:58 pm

        Awesome! I will keep that in mind :) Enjoy the rest of your time there!

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  • Cynthia (It All Changes) August 13, 2010, 11:32 am

    I want to see the bean. It’s such a cool piece of architecture. Sounds like you ladies are already off for a blast.

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  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 13, 2010, 11:32 am

    I am from Chicago so I am a bit biased toward it, haha. I think our architecture is just beautiful. My favorite building is the Tribune Tower on North Michigan. It is so beautiful!

    Enjoy your weekend! And if you are so inclined to try more pizza, go to Giordano’s. I personally think they have the best deep dish :D

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  • Sarah August 13, 2010, 11:35 am

    The Bean – i love the bean- and living in chicago – its definately my favority city. if you have time try and do an architecture tour and get Lou Malnatis pizza it is the BEST oh and try and go to Goose Island or at least go to a restaurant that serves Goose Island

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  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa August 13, 2010, 11:35 am

    I grew up in Chicago and I am loving all the pictures of the city! I also love the trib building. My favorite deep dish in Chicago though is Lou Malnati’s. So good. I sometimes get it shipped to me!

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  • Amy @ Amy Starts to Run August 13, 2010, 11:37 am

    I am also from Chicago and just got back from a trip there. I miss it and my trip back made me homesick.

    I’m also partial to Lou Malnati’s, but Gino’s isn’t half bad ;)

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  • Stacey August 13, 2010, 11:47 am

    Have fun on your run! Oh, and buttahy and flaky pizza crusts are the BEST. There is a local pizza restaurant nearby and they have the best crust EVER..it’s chewy and buttahy and oh-so-good..that’s pretty much the only reason I go there :D

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  • Amber K August 13, 2010, 11:56 am

    I have never been to Chicago, but from all of the pictures I’m seeing it looks neat! Although I don’t think I’d like Chicago-style pizza.

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    • Courtney August 13, 2010, 1:19 pm

      Even if you don’t like it, you will love the crust! At Gino’s, it’s cornbread and buttery :)

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      • Amber K August 13, 2010, 1:22 pm

        See, that’s why I’m not sure. I like thick, chewy, doughy pizza dough. I don’t know what style that is, and I know it’s not cool for those who fear carbs, but it is what this girl loves!

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        • Courtney August 13, 2010, 1:48 pm

          I love that kind too, haha :P

          If you go to Chicago, try Scoozi. They have wood-oven pizza and the best chewy ciabbata bread in the world! :)

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  • Natalie August 13, 2010, 12:01 pm

    i live only about 3 hours from chi town! it’s amazing! we don’t go there a lot but it’s such a fun place :)

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  • Lisa August 13, 2010, 12:05 pm

    Chicago is an awesome city! Too much stuff to see and do in just one trip. I’d love to go back!

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  • Kacy August 13, 2010, 12:17 pm

    I LOVE Chicago, glad you’re having fun so far. Also glad you had deep dish while there, it’s a must!

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  • Jaci August 13, 2010, 1:11 pm

    I love Chicago!! I hope to come to HLS next year…can’t wait to see where it is :)

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  • Courtney August 13, 2010, 1:18 pm

    So glad you liked Gino’s East!! :) My great uncle was one of the founders- I’m glad you went there instead of other, worse-quality establishments *cough* Lou Malnati’s *cough*

    Enjoy your stay! :D And did you sign the wall while there??

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    • caitlin August 14, 2010, 12:03 am

      HEHEH NO but i shouldve!

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  • Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul August 13, 2010, 1:20 pm

    Chicago is fantastic! My best friend lives there, as well as some family, and I love visiting the city, eating the pizza, and taking in the friendliness of the midwest. And Gino’s is dee-licious! Enjoy your time in the city!

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  • Jaime Runs August 13, 2010, 1:28 pm

    Chicago is one of my most favorite cities, both for vibe and architecture. I think Chi-town has some of the best architecture in the US. Plus, it’s just such a nice city to visit (when it’s not a zillion degrees below zero!) — people are super friendly.

    Last time I was there, I missed out on the deep dish. Next time, I’m definitely going to indulge.

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  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing August 13, 2010, 1:36 pm

    oh WOW that pizza looks amazing!!!!

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  • Jill August 13, 2010, 1:39 pm

    (Warning: First time commenting!) :)

    I looooove Chicago!! It’s architecture, it’s people, it’s weather! (ok…maybe not the last one!:)) I am a little biased, though, because I’ve lived in the burbs or the city all my life. As a lifetime resident, welcome to Chicago!! Glad you are enjoying it :)

    I wish I were able to come down to the fun run this weekend and meet/run with you (although I know you’d be miles ahead of me!) but I’m actually heading to Orlando to visit my fiance’s p’s! I started reading your blog a few months ago after deciding to make some changes to my eating habits and overall “life” habits. I’m so glad I happened upon your blog because I’ve really been inspired by you! It’s amazing how something so small like your first “You are Beautiful” note turned into such a whirlwind and incredible path for you! It just goes to show that when you are passionate about something, anything is possible. Thanks for being an inspiration and enjoy the weekend!

    PS – hope you also get to enjoy some of the air and water show. It’s a great weekend for it and I’m bummed I’m missing it! (although I’ve been watching them practice all day as they fly over my building!)

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    • caitlin August 14, 2010, 12:04 am

      **waves hi** thanks for reading :) and i hope you have fun in ORL!

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  • chelsey August 13, 2010, 1:40 pm

    I am so glad you are loving Chicago! I am also very excited you like Gino’s East – a lot of times people who aren’t from chicago can’t appreciate the deep dish. Looks like you’re having a blast!

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  • Brie @ Brie Fit August 13, 2010, 2:07 pm

    I am so, so, so homesick for Chicago right now!

    For an awesome dessert, get a Rainbow Cone! http://www.rainbowcone.com/

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  • Camille August 13, 2010, 2:19 pm

    I’ve never been to Chicago, but my boyfriend is from about 30 minutes outside the city, so we are trying to get over there to visit soon!
    I would say that, architecturally, San Francisco is my favorite city. All in all, though, Boston is my favorite (in the US at least!).

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  • Katharine August 13, 2010, 2:27 pm

    I’d have to say that Chicago is my favorite city in terms of architecture. If you have a chance, I highly recommend the Architecture Riverboat Tour. Truly awesome. Enjoy your time in Chicago!

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  • Maureen @ Notes on a Visual Life August 13, 2010, 2:40 pm

    London is my favorite city architecturally speaking!

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  • Janna ~ Just Flourishing August 13, 2010, 2:52 pm

    I have never been to Chicago…well except for the airport. But I would love love love to go!

    I thought Barcelona was pretty amazingh architecturally.

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  • ashleigh August 13, 2010, 2:56 pm

    Looks like fun so far!

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  • eri August 13, 2010, 2:58 pm

    i’ve been to chicago about 6 years ago for a wedding!
    looks like you girls are having a great time!

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  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up August 13, 2010, 3:15 pm

    the pizza looks amaaazing. Can’t wait to hear more about the HLS! :)

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  • Heather August 13, 2010, 3:25 pm

    I’m originally from Chicago, so I may be a little biased but I truly do believe that it’s the most architecturally beautiful city there is. Nothing beats that skyline!

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  • Jennifer @ Frost Bites August 13, 2010, 3:54 pm

    You’re gonna have a great time in Chicago! I was there for the first time about 2 years ago and fell in love with the city…went back less than a year afterwards….love the food, shopping, sites…everything! Aaahhh, ‘am jealous…

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  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 13, 2010, 4:03 pm

    I’ve never been to Chicago, but it looks great! I think my favourite city in terms of architecture (that I’ve visited) is Montreal. It has some gorgeous cathedrals!

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  • Ellen@FirednFabulous August 13, 2010, 4:32 pm

    I’ve only been to Chicago once…when I was like 12. That’s when I was first introduced to cheese stuffed crust pizza. I thought it was the most glorious thing EVER!

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  • Allison August 13, 2010, 4:37 pm

    Glad you’re enjoying Chicago. As a Chicagoan, I truly think it’s the best city ever! I am planning on blogging about the Healthy Living Summit on Monday, so hope everything goes well. In honor of healthy living, check out this great article on 5 foods you should remove from your diet today!

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  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 13, 2010, 5:34 pm

    I haven’t been to chi-town since I was a kid, though I grew up in Indiana, not far. They have fantastic pizza. I know there’s a NYC vs Chi-Town pizza war, but to me, there’s no competition.

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  • Tammy August 13, 2010, 6:28 pm

    Hey Caitlin! Just wanted to let you know you are getting some exposure down here in Little Rock, AR! They just featured you on our local news with a link on the local news page to your site. YAY!

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  • Maureen @ Notes on a Visual Life August 13, 2010, 6:47 pm

    Wow! This story just came to me in an e-mail! This is pretty amazing!
    http://www.athensnews.gr/articles/13402/09/08/2010/29779
    This brings a new meaning to “running a marathon”!

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  • susan (stepping off the coaster) August 13, 2010, 7:04 pm

    wow, i was just in chicago and must have stayed pretty close to where you are b/c i also saw the giant reflective bean AND ate at gino’s!

    the hard rock hotel (not the restaurant, the hotel) is near there… and if you get a second to have a drink, the bartender (i think from bolivia) in the restaurant attached is a total riot and makes amazing drinks!! ;)

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  • Laura (Starloz) August 13, 2010, 9:23 pm

    Ohhhh, exciting day.

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  • eatmovelove August 13, 2010, 9:35 pm

    I guess Chicago Deep-dish pizza is the real thing then?! :)

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  • Britney August 13, 2010, 10:47 pm

    My parents are from Chicago but I’ve spent a shockingly small amount of time actually in the city. The grandparents now live roughly an hour away, and usually the time spent in the city is in an airport, before I’m whisked away to visit with family.

    I have to admit that I don’t really notice architecture, but I had a great time in New York City on Easter enjoying the beauty of the city.

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  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 13, 2010, 10:48 pm

    Chicago is great! I love how much diversity there is there from museums and restaurants to the culture and lake!!!

    I know you’re going to have an awesome time.

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  • Vicky @ eat live spin August 13, 2010, 10:49 pm

    I think I need to visit Chicago! The Bean looks amazing! I have to see it in person.

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  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) August 16, 2010, 11:54 am

    I have never been to Chicago … so far my fave city architecturally is NY (Manhattan to be exact).

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