Welcome (Back) to Chi-Town!

Hello Chicago! It has been a and early long day, but we got here safe and sound. Fiancé left Philly on a 7:30 am flight and got to Chicago at 8:30 am (with an hour time difference) – not too shabby!

I represented on the plane with my new Philadelphia Runner shirt.


Then after our quick flight – which got in 30 minutes early, woohoo, we were officially in Chi-Town.


Since we arrived during rush hour traffic, fiancé and I decided it would be best to take the L into the city. It was very easy!


Then we checked into our hotel, got into our room and realized we have this right outside our window! Pretty sweet view, right?


After unpacking a bit it was time to hit the town! Fiancé has never been to Chicago, so with this being his first trip, he wants to see lots! Since I was just in Chicago for the Healthy Living Summit, I have a general idea of where some stuff is, so I am tour guide of sorts for us today! I took us right over to the water!


We ended up on the other side of Lake Shore Drive, opposite of where I ran my 16 miles last time I was over here. It’s really nice, there are these great big paths for runners and bikers!

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Navy Pier off in the distance – I’ll be seeing you later on in the trip!

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John Hancock Building high in the sky – Again, I’ll be visiting you later in the trip too!


Then I hung out with the headless horseman for a bit…


Oh wait, it’s just fiancé!


As we continued our afternoon stroll we can across some fun signage!


Being here makes the race on Sunday way more real!


We also came across some ice sculptures of the Stanley Cup, which I thought were random, but fiancé thought it was cool. Boys!

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We then made our way to the Chicago River.


I heart Chicago. It’s so pretty here!



Then we strolled along up to Millennium Park


Did a little fake falling in the fountain…looks real right?! I should be an actress!


And we eventually made our way up to Cloud Gate aka – The Bean!


I love this thing! I could sit here and people watch and take fun pictures all day! I think it’s the coolest!

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The bean is so fun!

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Bean Love.

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After all the walking we were hungry, and fiancé would accept nothing less for lunch than some Chicago Pizza!

Last time I was here for pizza, I went to Geno’s East for some deep dish pizza. It was amazing, I loved every bite!

This time we started off our vacation with some stuffed pizza from Giordano’s, which also comes highly recommended.


We ordered our pie and while we waited we mapped out what we want to do for the rest of our trip! We are very touristy!

Also, stuffed pizza’s take 35 minutes to make. Deep dish pizza’s take 45-50 minutes! When you want pizza in Chicago, be prepared to wait for a little!


After we waited our turn, our pizza finally arrived! Fiancé was excited to enjoy his first Chicago pizza!


DSC_1150 DSC_1151 DSC_1153This pizza was a beast! It was very dense from all the cheese and the bread. I feel like the deep dish pizza I had before, wasn’t this intense!


Posing with my slice…


Followed by nearly dropping the pie on my lap!

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Lots of cheese going on here.

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See why it’s called stuffed? It is stuffed with the ingredients you order. We got ours with pepperoni and peppers.

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Carb loading at its finest!


Are you a deep dish or stuffed pizza fan?

I would have to say that the stuffed was fun to eat, and I am glad I tried it, but I loved the deep dish a lot more!

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  • Reply Lizzy October 7, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    THAT pizza looks incredible!!! Good luck this weekend!!!!!!

  • Reply Carly October 7, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    My husband has been to Chicago, but I have not. Looking at your pictures really makes me want to go!

  • Reply runwritetherapylife October 8, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I love all things pizza bad would even love a stuffed pizza BUT I hate tomatoes. I eat sauces that are totally smooth, but unfortunately, every chicago-style stuffed pizza I have ever come across has tomato chunks and therefore I won't eat it. It's sad, really.

    You're gonna be awesome on Sunday!

  • Reply Anonymous October 8, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Pizza makes you run faster. Go to Geno's and grab a slice for me.

  • Reply Becky October 8, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Yeah…and I also I occasionally leave "Anonymous" comments. Everyone needs a little mystery.

  • Reply Melissa Cari @ Miles for Markets October 8, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Leslie you two are adorable! And you look so happy. You are going to do amazing tomorrow.

  • Reply runnerstrials.com October 8, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Your lovely pictures are making me miss CHicago! You are going to rock on Sunday. I am so excited for you 🙂

  • Reply amanda October 11, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    i am dying to taste deep dish chicago pizza. i need to get my butt to that city very soon!

  • Reply ladypurpl October 13, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Chicago is an awesome place! Can't wait to try some of that deep dish pizza and see some of those awesome places. It's a beautiful place indeed.

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