So on Tuesday I had a lovely daddy/daughter day with my dad. We decided a couple weeks ago we both wanted to do a day trip to Chicago together before I left for camp for the summer. We sat and planned what day would be best and what we wanted to do, that was decided by wanting to just eat the whole time!
Well the days started to slip away fast and on Tuesday we decided to go! We got up super early and drove down to Michigan City to catch the commuter train. The commuter train is always fun, fast, and much cheaper then the Amtrak. Don't get me wrong, I love Amtrak but if I'm doing a day trip I'd rather catch the train in MC and have a longer day in Chicago.
We got into Chicago about 10:30ish and started towards the loop. I showed my dad where R's dorm was and showed him a few of the stores and cafes we liked to go to down there. From there we trekked over to the Magnificent Mile. Dad and I both wanted to go to Eataly for lunch. Dad had not been there before and I had only ever wandered through and grabbed a treat from the Nutella bar.
We were seated right away upstairs, we lucked out and got in before the big rush just after 11am. We were seated in a window seat and were able to peer down at the cars going by and the people wandering about down below. All the workers were friendly and nice and made our experience even greater. Dad and I took a long time trying to decide what we wanted because it all looked so good! I picked a pasta dish finally and he picked out a pizza. As soon as the plates were placed on the table dad and I started splitting things up and chowed down. Holy moly was it delish! If you have a chance to eat at Eataly I highly recommend it, it was fantastic!
The pizza we got had mozzarella, a type of prosciutto, and basil pesto sauce!
The pasta was el dente with a type of parmesan on it as well as some oil and black pepper.
My dad and I share a big love of cheese, we were drooling over all of the cheeses.
Needless to say our first thing in Chicago was a big hit! We were so happy and stuffed after lunch that we had enough energy to continue our day! From Eataly we wondered in and out of countless stores on the Magnificent Mile. We had fun ooh-ing and ah-ing at all of the pretty things we wanted yet could not afford. Half-way through our day we took a pit stop at Sprinkles and picked up a few cupcakes for the week and then kept window shopping.
Around 4pm we were both starting to hit a wall so we headed back towards Millennium Park and took an early dinner at Hot Wok Cool Sushi, one of my all time favorite places to eat in the city. We chowed down and took a break from the rain. Afterwards we decided we saw everything we wanted to and head back to the train station. There we took a table at Starbucks and people watched until our train came.
Overall it was a wonderful daddy/daughter date. I will miss my dad so much this summer but I am glad we were both able to take one last full day off together to just have some fun.
Today is Father's day and sadly my dad had to go into work for most of the day but I hope my present for him makes him super happy and hopefully we will be able to go grab some food tonight, let's be honest it will probably be IHOP. My dad is the best guy in the world and he is so strong. I have always been a daddy's girl and I couldn't be any luckier to have him as my dad. After my mom passing about about 5 years ago he has been very strong and hard working to keep me happy and to keep our family going. Without his constant support and big hugs I don't think I would have accomplished as much as I have these last couple of years.
Thank you dad for being the best! <3