Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hancock Tower Tree and Navy Pier: Part Three

We needed a little space after the crowd on Michigan Avenue and decided to walk a few blocks to the Hancock Tower and see the Tree in the Square before catching yet another taxi to Navy Pier.  If you are keeping count that's three public transportation forms in one day; stellar in Miss A's book.

Our hope was that the Pier will be all aglow with Christmas lights, but appears we were a week too early. We did see some great lights on our way to the Pier and really enjoyed the City Scape view we could see from the Pier.  Chicago really is a beautiful city at night.  Walking the Pier was so calm and the view of Lake Michigan with a clear night sky was stunning.  

For dinner, we went to Harry Carey's Restaurant overlooking Lake Michigan and in between watching College Football games, eating great Pretzel Rods, and talking about our "highs and lows" of the day, we saw some amazing Cubs Memorabilia.  By now, we were feeling very Chicagoan.

To cap off our evening, we went to the Christkindlmarket, a traditional German marketplace complete with everything from hand carved wooden ornaments, bratwurst and potato pancakes and anything German you could want for Christmas. 

The marketplace is right near Daley Plaza and so in addition to getting a little taste of Frohe Weihnachten, we got to see the Chicago Christmas Tree.  I gotta say our town's Christmas tree at the Train Station is so much better. 

Finally, it was time to walk the few blocks back to Union Station to catch our train back home.  It was a full day in Chicago and one we will never forget.  I think Miss M and Miss A are ready to go back again next Black Friday, as long as we find a way to catch a L Train around town too!  Mr C and Mr P will need a few weeks recovery before they even consider going to the local mall, let alone get in that size crowd anytime in the near future.

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