My Heart Will Go On…

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Goodbye, Chicago!  I will miss you and your beautiful sights.  But – my heart will go on.  :)  Healthy Living Summit 2011 will be in an equally awesome city, I’m sure!


Today was my last full day in Chicago (I leave tomorrow morning).  I am so glad I scheduled in a day of “non-working” activities so I could see the town.  Katy, Megan, and I were on our own, and it was so nice to just play it by ear.


After my business lunch, I changed and took a cab to the Navy Pier to meet up with my friends.


Navy Pier = Hot Tourist Mess.  We were really only there because of the architectural tour, which I was really looking forward to.


I was CRAVING something cold and healthy (i.e. not ice cream) so I grabbed a simple apple juice, strawberry, and banana smoothie from Jamba Juice.


We boarded the boat for the one-hour tour of the area’s biggest and best skyscrapers.  It was such an interesting and visually engaging tour. 



Since most buildings within the downtown area were destroyed (the most famous exception being the Water Tower) by the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, Chicago buildings are noted for their originality rather than their antiquity.  (Source)

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The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 110 stories high.   It’s elevators are among the fastest in the world operating as fast as 1,600 feet per minute.  (Source)



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Another fun Chicago fact I learned on the tour:  The myth of Miss O’Leary’s dairy cow kicking over the lamp and starting the Chicago fire is, in fact, false.  Michael Ahern, the reporter who came up with the story, retracted the story in 1893, admitting that it had been fabricated.  The City has publically excused Miss O’Leary, but the lesson is still taught in many schools!


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It was a great way to see the city – I highly recommend a water cruise if you ever visit Chicago!


Afterwards, we walked to a little outdoor spot for dinner.



We shared a hummus platter:


And I ordered the strawberry, brie, and hazelnut salad. 


It came with a creamy and sweet dressing that was just the perfect complement to the salad.


Katy, Megan, and I are sharing a king size bed tonight because Katy’s flight was pushed back.  :)  Should make for an interesting night’s sleep!  We’re waking up, running, traveling to the airport, blogging, and heading home.  I’m excited to see the Husband and pups.


Good night, sleep tight!



  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 15, 2010, 10:48 pm

    3 of you in one bed! That’s so cute lol! That looked like such a fun day, and it was definitely a good idea to schedule a “non-work” day in there. Chi-town is super fun!

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) August 15, 2010, 10:50 pm

    does your shirt say “i <3 chips"? thats epic.

    • caitlin August 15, 2010, 10:51 pm

      hahah yes! and i do!

  • Kristy @ August 15, 2010, 11:01 pm

    The Titanic scene photo is amazing! Love it. And good luck sleeping tonight! Hope no one has restless leg syndrome. 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 15, 2010, 11:08 pm

    What a great way to finish a wonderful weekend!

  • Jaclyn August 15, 2010, 11:17 pm

    Ah, looks like you guys had a great day! Would have loved to join for the boat tour, too bad I have to go home–Seattle call! :/

    It was great meeting you this weekend, Caitlin! I had so much fun during…and after, the conference! Congrats on a very successful HLS!! Can’t wait till next year! 😀

    • caitlin August 16, 2010, 7:42 am

      I am so glad you had a good time.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) August 15, 2010, 11:23 pm

    i’ve wanted to try one of those water tours ever since seeing the break-up with vince vaughn! so fun 🙂

  • Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife August 15, 2010, 11:24 pm

    You are such a cute little tourist, I love it! And that pita bread looks on point!

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 15, 2010, 11:40 pm

    I’m traveling to Chicago in two weeks for a convention but only staying one night… I wish I had extended the trip so I can check out this beautiful city!

  • Janna@Janna's Keeping it Real! August 15, 2010, 11:58 pm

    That tour looks right up my alley! I love architecture…old, new, modern, artistic. Love it all! Looks like you gals had a fun time! :0)

  • Amber K August 16, 2010, 12:27 am

    I’m drooling over that hummus platter. Yum!!

    I spread out over the entire bed when I sleep, so I doubt I’d be able to share a bed! My husband has learned to deal with my crazy, sometimes kicking ways. =P

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 16, 2010, 12:37 am

    Ohh I so wanted to go on that architecture tour! Where’s your heart of the ocean? 🙂

  • Wei-Wei August 16, 2010, 12:46 am

    I want to go on that cruise, too! Seems like so much fun. Oh yeah, and good luck sleeping tonight… if it were me, I’d just kick everyone else off. No joke.


  • Camille August 16, 2010, 12:50 am

    Gorgeous architecture!
    I want to go to Chicago even more now!

  • Nicole - August 16, 2010, 12:53 am

    Nice Titanic reference….that first pic makes me lol!

  • Aimee August 16, 2010, 12:53 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! I think that HLS should be in Utah next time, because we have loads of healthy things to do here! 🙂 Good luck in that king sized bed with 3 people! LOL

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) August 16, 2010, 1:37 am

    Thanks for taking us on a little tour with you. 🙂 I can’t wait to go back and REALLY see Chicago. The only time I’ve been was for work and didn’t get to see much. Have a good night’s sleep in the king! haha

  • Laura (Starloz) August 16, 2010, 1:44 am

    Oh, those tours would have bored me three years ago but now i love architecture!

  • Marina August 16, 2010, 4:37 am

    You girls look so cute 🙂
    I hope you get some good night sleep :))

  • jassy August 16, 2010, 5:51 am

    chicago is a pretty interesting town, right?! 🙂

    i better recommend that outdoor spot to my cousins there in chicago 🙂

  • Tina August 16, 2010, 6:24 am

    The more pictures I see of Chicago, the more it makes me want to go. Almost like the more mentions of there being a HLS 2011 makes me super excited at the thought of going next year.

    I think that’s so crazy how the story was proved false back in the 1800s but still is taught at schools! What’s up with that? LOL

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 16, 2010, 7:21 am

    I’m obsessed with the pic of you and Megan. Favorite movie EVER.

    It was so great to meet you in person this weekend!! You ladies did an absolutely AMAZING job of organizing the summit. Three people in one bed…well the hotel ghosts probably wouldn’t even bother then 🙂 Hope you have a safe trip home!

    • caitlin August 16, 2010, 7:45 am

      hahah the ghosts know not to mess with us!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 16, 2010, 7:22 am

    It is so great that you took a little time to have some fun since life has been so crazy lately! I hope you got some sleep and that you have a safe trip home!

  • eatmovelove August 16, 2010, 7:29 am

    Wow, beautiful tour.

    Caitlin, your book is in Canada, and I picked it up this weekend…and it is beyond beautiful. Seriously, the idea, the under-taking, the hard work and the people who came together to make this possible – all with YOU as the driving force…it’s beyond admirable and inspiring. I look forward to reading the rest of it – a great bed-side read as well. And especially for someone like me, who has no self-acceptance and beats herself up on a regular basis…

    I’ll do a review on my site when I’m finished.


    • caitlin August 16, 2010, 7:46 am

      thank you so much. that means a lot to me!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 16, 2010, 7:49 am

    I love the Chicago buildings. There really are some crazy looking ones! Last time I was in the city I took a boat ride too!

  • Kaci August 16, 2010, 7:49 am

    Looks like such a fun time! I think I have hubs convinced to take me to Chicago for my 30th. I’ll have to take that tour! =)

  • Katie August 16, 2010, 8:20 am

    As a native Chicagoan, I have been on various boat tours numerous times and I still love going on the architectural ones! Glad you enjoyed my city!

  • Chelsey August 16, 2010, 8:26 am

    You’re right, the cow story IS still taught! I can’t even believe I may have told some students that was true. Yikes! Thanks for making me a better teacher this morning 🙂

    I’m glad you had fun!

  • Stacey August 16, 2010, 8:32 am

    Love the post! All of us back at home have to live vicariously through you, haha 😉 Your day looks like total fun, to be honest, I’ve never thought about Chicago being much of a tourist city, but you have proven me wrong. Once you get back we should do a bloggie meet up (now that you are living in the QC 😀 )

  • Stacey August 16, 2010, 8:32 am

    Love the post! All of us back at home have to live vicariously through you, haha 😉 Your day looks like total fun, to be honest, I’ve never thought about Chicago being much of a tourist city, but you have proven me wrong. Once you get back we should do a bloggie meet up (now that you are living in the QC 😀 )

  • Holly @ Self-love and Running August 16, 2010, 8:41 am

    Chicago looks amazing. My brother is going to grad school there and I want to visit and tour the city so badly!

  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 16, 2010, 9:05 am

    I love everyone’s posts from HLS — looks like everyone had a great time!

  • Dori August 16, 2010, 9:09 am

    You should definitely read Devil in the White City. It gives an amazing account of the history of Chicago’s architecture (and the fire) at the time of the World’s Fair. I think you’d really enjoy it!

  • Daniel August 16, 2010, 9:32 am

    The one time I got to visit Navy Pier was during a Spanish trip in middle school. I remember we were walking past a toy store and an employee had an Air-zooka and shot my friend as we were walking by and my friend pretended to start crying. The worker became very apologetic; it was hilarious!

    Sorry to hear that it was a touristy mess when you went but it’s good that you were still able to enjoy it.

  • Kelly August 16, 2010, 9:41 am

    How come no one has blogged about the ghost stories?!? I want to hear them! I officially really want to go see Chicago now!

    • caitlin August 16, 2010, 10:56 am

      hahah no real ghost stories – the hotel was super old and a little creepy at night though!

  • Becky August 16, 2010, 9:42 am

    I wish I had one more day in the city. There was so much to do and see. It was great to run and eat chips with you this weekend!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 16, 2010, 10:08 am

    Looks like a fun day! I love boat rides like that — and I think that tour sounds really interesting!

    I love your shirt 🙂

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 16, 2010, 10:32 am

    I can’t wait to find out where the next summit will be! Maybe I will be able to attend if its on the West Coast.

  • Mac August 16, 2010, 11:32 am

    HLS sounds like such a great bonding experience!

  • Lisa August 16, 2010, 2:21 pm

    I loved that boat tour in Chicago. Very fun!

  • Susan - Nurse on the Run August 16, 2010, 3:31 pm

    I love the architecture tour…I think I’ve been on it at least six times! 🙂

    The “Willis Tower” will always be the Sears Tower in my heart…

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