After getting our kitty cuddles in, we went for my daily visit at The Chicago Diner. This time I had the Titanic BLT Burger (seitan patty, seitan bacon, french fried onions, tomatoes... I had the chipotle sauce on the side because it was a bit spicy) and cheese waffle fries, with an iced chai (which was more like a milkshake). It was so good... again!
I felt like a lazy evening at home watching terrible cable and reading trashy books, plus I was pretty full from late lunch, so I picked up some takeaway from Vegetarian Express. I had a tasty BBQ seitan tamale, and also some guacamole. They give you a huge serving! It was good, though kind of spicier than I was expecting!
The next morning it was time for some proper touristing. I started my day with a breakfast at home, which included the leftover piece of french toast. This was actually awesome as leftovers!
My place was very close to Lincoln Park, so I went on a nice long walk through the park. It was pretty! There were ducks and geese. The SQUIRRELS! were hiding.
The park is also home to the Peggy Notebaert Mature Museum, which I didn't have time to visit but it looked interesting. This is a statue from outside, a Memorial to Extinct Birds.
At the end of the park is the International Museum of Surgical Science, which happened to be free to visit on Tuesdays. There were some fairly interesting exhibits in here, though others were a bit boring and basic (to someone like me who has surgical/medical training). This history of surgery was the most interesting. There were a few gross-out bits (not as many as I had hoped!), but not too much if you are a bit squeamish. They had some really beautiful anatomy artwork.
I was pretty hungry by now, so I hopped on a bus to downtown and headed to one of the several Chicago locations of Native Foods. I had the Oklahoma Bacon Cheese Burger, which was huge! I had to eat some of it before I could actually put it together as a burger, and a side of Native Fries. To drink I had the seasonal special Strawberry and Lavender Lemonade, which was sadly a bit too strong on the lavender and tasted a bit like soap. The Chocolate Strawberry Parfait, however, was outstanding. It was so yummy! The cream is almond cream, which was delicious.
Chicago is famous for its architecture, and certainly is you walk around downtown there are lots of pretty buildings and parks and statues to be seen. I took a bit of a wander through the streets and the parks, before ending up down by the newish river walk, which is very lovely.
I decided the most touristy thing I could possibly do was to do a Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise, which was actually really nifty and interesting! It was super sunny though, so I had to keep moving about the boat to find shade spots and occasionally pop into the inside part. As well as learning about the buildings, it was a good insight into Chicago's history.
After my cruise, it was back for my final visit to Chicago Diner. I was really stressed about what to choose on this final visit, but I ended up going with the Pierogi Quesadilla, which had intrigued me since I first saw it on the menu, and a strawberry milkshake (because that is my favourite flavour of milkshake). I also had some Flash Greens on the side because I needed some kale in my life at this point. The quesadilla was really yummy, because potato and sauerkraut in a tortilla could never be wrong! The milkshake... outstanding. They use real strawberries, and it was so good!
I firmly believe that everyone needs to go to The Chicago Diner at least once in their lives, but preferably more. It is certainly worth an entire trip to Chicago just to eat there, which to be real is the reason that I wanted to go to Chicago in the first place. If I was in that area of the US again, I would 100% go back there and eat at the diner every single day. So good!
Cute Kitty Photo of the Post
I know you were probably expecting a million photos from Tree House, but to be honest I didn't actually take any. Shocking I know! However given that I wasn't looking to adopt, I was very aware that the tour was taking them away from the million things they need to do. But I think that this cute photo of Sahara sleeping that my mum sent me is just as delightful. :)