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.
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.
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.
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.
At Gino’s, I had a glass of red wine:
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.
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?