Hello from Chicago, where I’m sitting here typing and urging Fuzz to eat her room service bagel with cream cheese and fruit. It’s overpriced, but we love, love, love room service because it’s yet another way to avoid getting dressed.
We arrived last night at Midway airport and used a car service to get to our hotel near Oak Street Beach. If we’d had fewer bags and weren’t worried about the weather, we would have taken the Orange line, but we decided to make life easy and spend a few bucks on a sedan. Luckily, rush hour traffic heading towards the city wasn’t bad.
Our hotel is called The Hilton Suites. It used to be a Double Tree and has the typical Double Tree layout and furniture, but no cookies or free breakfasts. Still, the service is great, the location (next door to the Hancock Building) is perfect and the views from our 29th floor window are pretty spectacular. Fuzz’s bed is right next to a large window and she can look out at the city as she goes to sleep, which turned out to be pretty late last night as we checked in at 6:00, did some $hopping at American Girl $tore and ate dinner at Frontera, which was very good if not a bit loud. They have a new air condition, so we were freezing. But they fixed it after a few people complained. It’s as lively and fun as usual. Fuzz ordered the marinated skirt steak tacos and I had and a kids’ order of quesadillas, which turned out to be little fried puffs filled with Chihuaha cheese – definitely not your usual quesadillas. In fact, I don’t think there was a flour tortilla in sight. Fuzz loves dessert, but she’d eaten quite a bit of tortilla chips and suggested we buy candy at Walgreen’s and eat it later. So we paid the check, walked from Frontera back to Michigan Avenue and stocked up on snacks for our hotel refrigerator. That’s another advantage to Hilton Suites – along with it being divided into two rooms, you get a refrigerator and a microwave.
So last night was fun and we are ready to spend our second day running around town. First on the list is the Art Institute.
The bad news is, I forgot my camera battery and am having to take pictures with Fuzz’s digital camera which is not as spiffy as mine. The really bad news is I brought the wrong cord and can’t load pictures onto the computer until we get home. ARGH.
Let’s put it this way. There are a lot of American Girl photos. And you should see Samantha! She looks like a new doll with her fancy ($15) hair cut and new outfit which matches Fuzz’s. But I have to say, the quality of the American Girl human clothes seems pretty good. Plus, they have some very stylist designs. Speaking of which, Samantha’s cut-up bandana skirt was a hit with the ladies at the American Girl Salon. They thought it was very cute and held it up and showed each other. I was pretty proud of Fuzz. It was a project runway moment.