Even after a whirlwind of a Saturday, there wasn’t any time for us to sleep in Sunday morning because we still had a few things we wanted to see before I had to leave to go home.
Like I mentioned before, Cloud Gate, or the “Bean” as it’s most commonly known as, was extremely crowded with tons of tourists when we visited on Saturday. I had read on a couple of blogs that the best way to avoid tourists at the Bean was to get there first thing in the morning, so we decided that we would try first thing in the morning on Sunday.
All of the blogs were completely right! Seeing the Bean first thing in the morning was definitely the way to go (along with going to Willis Tower and the SkyDeck)! There were maybe 10 other people there while we were there, so we got some pretty cool pictures.
Once we were done taking pictures, we decided to make our way over to Navy Pier because that was one of the places that I heard that you had to visit when you go to Chicago. We decided to walk to Navy Pier because on the map it didn’t seem that far. That little distance on the map turned into a longer walk than we were anticipating because of the heat and humidity. So definitely keep that in mind if you’re trying hard to get your steps on your FitBit!
I have to admit, once we got to Navy Pier, we were kind of disappointed. It seemed like there wasn’t a ton of stuff to do, unless you wanted to pay for it. Plus, I think that we got there too early on a Sunday for most of the activities to be opened. I will say though, the views of Chicago from Navy Pier were amazing! Even with the overcast skies, the skyline was stunning!
Chicago Style Pizza
After all of our walking around, we were very hungry and ready for some lunch. And when in Chicago, you have to do what the Chicagoians do, and eat some deep dish pizza! We got some recommendations from several different people, and they all said that we needed to try Lou Malnati’s if we wanted some authentic Chicago-style deep dish pizza. So, we walked from Navy Pier over to Lou Malnati’s, like we were going to do anything else.
We arrived right around 11:00, so we beat the lunch rush (apparently it’s pretty common to have a long wait). When we sat down our waiter told us that the pizzas would take about 45 minutes to cook since they’re deep dish (that explains the usual wait, and it’s another reason to arrive early). We decided on our order pretty quick since we were both starving, so we opted for a small Malnati Chicago Classic and an order of mozzarella sticks to hold us over until our pizza was ready.
We both really enjoyed the pizza, and we left completely stuffed, like every other meal that we’d eaten in Chicago. The pizza was extremely cheesy, and all of the ingredients tasted really fresh. Although we enjoyed the deep dish pizza, I think that I’ll stick to the “New York” style of pizza because the deep dish almost tasted “cake-y” to me (if that makes sense). Plus it was really filling, more filling than pizza normally is.
After we were done with lunch, we headed back to the hotel to pack up our bags and head out. Chris headed to another hotel since he was staying in Chicago for work, and I headed to the airport. Chicago was an absolute blast, and I can’t wait to go back for another visit. I feel like there’s still a ton of things that I need to see!