For Cat’s birthday this year she decided she could do without a present, but not without catching a game at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are having a legendary season, and my Chicago Cubs fandom has rubbed off on Cat.
Cat sitting in our special elevator at the Palmer House Hotel.
In 1996, for the hotel’s 125th anniversary, acclaimed art restorer Lido Lippi restored the Palmer House ceiling art. He was known as a lead restorer of the Sistine Chapel paintings. Here is more about the history of the Palmer House Hotel
Historic Wrigley Field! Home of the Chicago Cubs!
And one of many places to get delicious Chicago hot dogs.
We had pretty good seats for the game. If you look far enough back you can see the green ivy covering the Chicago red brick home run wall.
Baseball and beer…it’s like peanut butter and jelly.
Cat’s certificate for attending her first game at Wrigley Field.
I do love me some Chicago dogs!
The Cubs had just clenched their division title, and after the celebration the night before, they played the B team. At least we go to see Jake Arrieta pitch and Kris Bryant play 3rd base.
The famous Addison L Train stop. Exit here for Wrigley Field.
Cat & I are headed out for a nice birthday dinner in Chicago. These are the famous Peacock doors that were relocated to the Palmer House Hilton. The doors are hand forged by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Cat’s favorite…squash blossoms. This is our first dish at the Girl and the Goat.
Braised pig face with a poached egg.
After dinner we met up with Cat’s cousin Lisa for some blues at Kingston Mines.
After some great music, and a few drinks, we stopped into The Violet Hour for a nightcap.
We’ve talked about Spirit airlines in other posts. Basically, they’re fine if you’re taking short trips and want to travel on a budget. In this case, we were offered free roundtrip vouchers if we accepted a flight the next morning at 6am. Since the 6am flight lands in Los Angeles at 8am, and Cat and I can still make it to work on Monday, we accepted the vouchers. The airline paid for a hotel, gave us each a meal coupon, and told us to come back in the morning. With an extra night in Chicago, we decided to quickly get down to the river for the architecture tour.
My face in front of our tour boat with some of the skyline in the background.
We were able to get great shots of the city from the boat.
After the tour we were starving, so we headed out for Chicago deep dish pizza. It cost a fortune to get all the way across town to Pequod’s, but it was worth it. Best Chicago pizza we’ve had so far.
The Cubs lost their game, but we still had a great time at Wrigley drinking beer and eating hot dogs. Dinner at Girl and the Goat was fantastic, the blues bands were awesome, the boat tour was cold but beautiful, and the pizza was incredible. Everyone should get to Chicago if they can. It’s like the midwest version of New York.