My day started with a breath taking sunrise as the plane was landing on Chicago. The Midway airport wasn’t too busy and there’s not too many people, which made walking out quick and easy. Soon as I got out of the gate, the hotel driver was right outside with his van. However, it was too early to checked myself in. So I decided to dropped off my stuff at the lobby and bagged breakfast on busy Michigan Avenue.
It was an animated Thursday morning in the city, people are walking fleet footed in both directions. I think I’m the only one taking my time, looking up and down like a tourist lost in the metropolis. I’ve been to Chicago quite a few times; but with my every visit, there’s always something new for me to discover. After an hour of walking, I came across this remarkable cafe at the corner of the Fine Arts Building called Artist Cafe. The smell of fresh coffee, pancakes and bacon was just too hard to resist, so I decided to have a sit down breakfast instead of getting myself something to go. I have all the time on my side and had to remind myself constantly that I’m on a holiday. Hahaha!
I ordered myself a Ham & Cheese Omelette, French Toast, a side of Bacon and Coffee (non decaf, of course). The servers are dressed casually with bright smiles on their face, that made it a jolly place to have a meal. Also, the lady who took my order was kind enough to gave me more bacon strips and a croissant, free of charge. What a nice treat for a tourist like me, don’t you think? The food was good and it fueled me up to last the whole day. It was a hearty meal that I didn’t bother getting lunch. They gave generous portions and the servers pay attention to their diners. Now, that’s excellent customer service right there!
And after that fabulous breakfast, I decided to walk a couple more blocks and saw this book shop called Prairie Avenue. It’s an artsy book lovers paradise, as this store caters to architecture and interior design enthusiast. I don’t consider myself an art connoisseur, but they did carry books for DIY aficionados like me. So I bought a couple books and headed out the door. A couple more blocks of walking and I’ve brought myself on the north side of Michigan Avenue they call, the Magnificent Mile. Where there’s 900 shops waiting — a shopaholics dream come true! Thank heavens , I left my credit cards back home. I must have been thinking ahead when I did that. Hahaha!
After window shopping and almost six hours of walking, I decided to take a cab back to the hotel. By the time I got there, I was ready to check in. I went up to my room (that was absolutely beautiful, paired with a wonderful view of the Chicago River), rested a little bit, took a shower and headed out again. This time, I don’t know exactly where I was heading. I’m just taking it slow, maybe I’ll get some more fresh air or if the museums open late night; I can probably take a peek. I have no plans in mind and I’ll go where my legs take me. The night is young and I have a whole city to explore!