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Chicago!

Chicago!

Jay and I spent the last weekend in Chicago. We went for a work conference for him, and then stayed a few extra days in the downtown area. It was so much fun, and so exhausting! I mean seriously... travelling while pregnant is a whole new ballgame. We did lots of walking. Lots of very very slow walking (I have pregnancy-induced Sciatica, which means my legs just aren't really functioning how they used to). 

These pictures above are from our walk back to the hotel from dinner on the first night. It was so romantic and Christmas-y, walking through the city all decorated for the holidays! I thought there was no way I would make it to our South Loop hotel from the North Loop, but I kept thinking "I could go another block or two!" and then suddenly we were there. 

We made a pilgrimage to the Cook County Court House, because.... we love the Blues Brothers. And it had a Christmas Market going on... so cute (but made it impossible to take good pictures of the building)! We also got a cab ride with a cabby that I think learned how to drive from watching the Blues Brothers. It was an authentic Chicago experience. Hahah! We also found out that people in Chicago looooove honking at other cars. Sometimes for no reason! Honking all over the place!

We of course had to take a selfie at the Bean (aka Cloud Gate) in Grant Park. I was terrible at aiming the camera at us... there are about 100 outtakes for these two shots. We went to the Bean twice, the first time at night and watched all the skaters on the ice rink.

Finally, there was all the food! Delicious gluten free food! These pictures above are from Garrett's Popcorn, where we got some bags of stuff to take home. There was a huge line and they pump the smell of caramel corn out onto the street where I was standing under the vent with another pregnant lady, joking that they are going to have a pregnant person riot if they don't let us in soon!

We ate pretty safely all over Chicago. One thing that's different about travelling with Celiac disease is that our itinerary was heavily based around where to eat next. I relied often on Gluten Free In Chicago for restaurant suggestions. And they never failed me! The descriptions are pretty spot on and we had no trouble finding places to eat... plus they were all super delicious! My sister also recommended Frontera Mexican Grill, where I was advised to eat only the tacos (less chances of contamination) and we were lucky to get seats at lunch time where we ate so much that we couldn't eat dinner later.

It was such a treat to be able to eat some new stuff (I love the restaurants in Hamilton, but when you can only eat a few places, you get used to the menu at each place pretty quickly!). We ate at P.F. Changs multiple times because I was just so happy to be able to safely order breaded menu items like Mongolian Beef and Lemon Chicken. That Mongolian Beef made me so happy. I think I talked about it for like 25 minutes before we fell asleep that night. HA. 

We are back now and we missed our animals so much... it was so fun to take a trip but I am also so happy to be home (Finnegan! The kitties! A comfy bed where I don't wake up every hour!). 

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