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no clever title. 🙂

We didn’t have much on the agenda for the second day.  Wake up, take care of personal agendas, check into hotel.  The weather started off nice, but Chicago weather, for me, is sooo unpredictable! One minute the sun is shining, then the wind is blowing you hair around your neck, then the rain is soaking through your sweater.

in The Loop

Anyways, we walked around downtown Chicago, or The Loop, then when we got everyone together again, it was about that time again… EAT TIME!!

she was just.. there

We were hungry! and had this one spot on our list, that my lil also recommended. So we made our way to THE PURPLE PIG.  and on the way ran into Marilyn Monroe, is she from there or something? Anyways, The Purple Pig, oh man, words could not describe, my favorite place by far.  A European tapas place, ‘cheese, swine, & wine’. But we sampled so much there, that I will review the place in a separate post.  SOON, I promise.

The Purple Pig

From there we looked around for some GARRET’S POPCORN, delicious, no picture.  Tip: don’t buy a large bag, a small or medium will be fine to share, unless you REALLLY LOVE it that much.  Then we made our way to Navy Pier in the blustering wind.  I thought I knew blustering wind, but this windy spell was as insane as any other wind I’ve experienced.  Guess they don’t call it the Windy City for nothing.  When we go to the Navy Pier, we walked around, and then I remembered.. CHURRO FACTORY!!  There was supposed to be a location there somewhere… and then we spotted it!! but it was closed =( but then there was a sign for another location… which was open.. SCORE!!!

Navy Pier

We ordered the churritos.  They were good, but maybe b/c of the cold rain, I didn’t think they were fantastic.  I like them soft in the inside and crisp and sugary on the out.  These didn’t seem that warm.  or maybe it cooled down too much while I was busy taking pictures. Yikes! but definitely worth it if you’re in the area :9

After the wet cold rain, decided to head back to the hotel.  While sitting on the bus I heard “WOW BAO” and then I said, “now or never”, without realizing what was going on or even what WOW BAO was.  We jumped off the bus and ended up at WOW BAO, I guess you can describe it as a fast food asian bao restaurant.  We got some dumpling noodle soup, 2 bao combo with thai spicy noodles, and homemade pomgranate gingerale.

Wow Bao spread

I was deathly full when I ate that, had to unbutton the button of my pants.  Don’t judge.

Finally, made it back to the hotel and napped.  When we woke it was time for dinner!  CAFE IBERICO, here we come!  A Spanish tapas place, my favorite kind of place! We shared a bunch of things, so this will also warrant their own review.

Cafe Iberico & Sangria

After stuffing ourselves silly, we walked to the SIGNATURE LOUNGE at the John Hancock Building.  We enjoyed the view, and A DRINK (they’re a tad bit pricey), we relaxed, then headed back.  Of course, not without stopping by a local bar, STREETER’s.  They had beer pong and LIFE SIZE JENGA! but we didn’t play, just had a shot and went our merry way.

Signature Lounge view

On the subway we always saw this “talk to operator”sign, and joked about chatting to the operator… yah it’s probably only funny to the folks that were there, but that’s okay.

Talk to Operator