Phew! What a day. Reporting live from Gate M5 of the International terminal at Chicago O’Hare! We arrived early in preparation for a long and difficult check in process, but whizzed through the baggage check, security check, and found our gate in under 15 minutes! Our plane boards at 7:30, which gives us two hours to laze around. I’m taking advantage of down time to update on our full day of Chicago touring!
We woke up around 8 and took our time getting ready for the day. Our uber driver picked us up about 10:15 and our main destination today was the Art Institute of Chicago downtown. This morning’s uber driver was not blaring house techno, in fact, he played no music at all. I didn’t mind 🙂
We headed in the general direction of the Art Institute, but visited a few places in that area before we entered the museum. Of course, we had to find the bean! This was definitely a popular attraction and it was actually kind of fun to try and find a small space to get your picture that wasn’t totally overcrowded.
After we snapped a bunch of pictures, we headed out in search of some coffee and a snack before our museum experience. Rob and I love love love coffee and try to always find a good local coffee experience when we travel. We hit the jackpot with Goddess and the Baker! This was a beautiful shop a block from Michigan Avenue and was a delight to find! I ordered a Mayan Mocha with an extra shot which was creamy and spicy at the same time. We also ordered fancy toast! Heaven will serve toast like this I’m quite sure of it. A bit pricey for the experience (30 bucks) but a must-do while downtown when you need a little pick-me-up! After this, we were totally ready to take on the next stop.
The Art Institute is an incredible museum and we didn’t spend nearly enough time there. It’s 25/person for admission and you could very easily spend an entire day from open to close there, and really, you need several hours to feel like you truly took in all it has to offer. We only allotted for around 2.5 hours, so some wings and floors we didn’t even see and we kept a pretty solid pace moving from room to room. I only took pictures of pieces that really made and impression on me and I included a few Rob took as well. This was a wonderful experience (and would probably be even more thrilling on some type of mind-altering drug). Art is crazy like that. Started off the tour and noticed this really ancient artifact from the early 1990s. 🙂
After walking over four miles, we worked up another appetite, and hit up what would be our last food experience while we were here; Chicago Deep Dish pizza. Again, a topic of much debate! We settled on Lou Malnati’s, and off we went! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves! We split a small Chicago classic pizza and 4 beers and waddled away toward the airport afterward 🙂 All in all, we couldn’t have fit any more activity (or food) into our small layover here.
It’s an exciting experience even spending time in an International terminal of an airport, much less preparing to leave one to another country!
Until next time, Windy City! Next Up: Reykjavik, Iceland!