Surviving Chicago: Day Six

9:15 a.m.
• Osmium
So I was pretty sure this place was called Osmium (as it says online and it’s also printed on their window), but their sign out front and their cups say Dark Matter Coffee.
* Note: Matthew just told me it’s Dark Matter Coffee presents Osmium.
That’s not confusing at all.
Other than that and the guy behind the counter trying to sing along to the music, it was an interesting find.
Matthew tried something different called the Gingersnap Trainwreck (which tastes to me like Christmas) and I just had my normal Vanilla Decaf Latte.
When it comes to coffee, I don’t venture too far from my norm.

11 a.m.
• Greer Stationary
I wanted to stop in here to look around after I saw one of my snail mail buddies post about it on Instagram.
It’s a cute store with a lot of good stuff for writers and artists. I had to tell myself a few times while walking around. I was on the verge of convincing Matthew that I needed a sketch book they had, but then I reminded myself that I have plenty at home. Sometimes I’m good at telling myself no … *pats myself on the back*

• Aston Martin
Let the drooling begin.
I don’t have much to say about this place other than that the cars look pretty and someone with the name of Bond drives them.
Matthew on the other hand …
Well, I’ll just let a few photos do the talking.

Dragging him out of a place like this isn’t an easy task, but it has to be done … usually at the point when he starts to talk about turning in a job application. He doesn’t care which position he works, as long as he has a view of an Aston.

12:15 p.m.
• Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings
I’ve always had a hard time with dumplings … the smells are too strong for me. I usually lean toward more bland foods, but it’s vacation and there’s something about traveling and experiencing new places that make me want to try new things.
So I did and the beef & onion and chicken & coriander dumplings were perfect. They know it too.
As we left, Matthew said, “Thank you. It was excellent.” The waitress responded with, “Of course, we are the best.”

6:15 p.m.
• Pat’s Pizza and Ristorante
This was our chance to try some Chicago Tavern-Style pizza.
I think we’ve decided it’s not the best tavern-style we’ve had, but I will say the crust was the thinnest I’ve ever had.

So here in Chicago, it looks like in the battle of the pizzas, the deep dish gets our vote.

9:30 p.m.
• Fireworks
Every Wednesday and Saturday during the summer, Chicago has a fireworks show on Navy Pier.
We heard the pier usually gets pretty crowded, so we came over to a lookout point on the water by the planetarium … which has actually ended up with more people than we thought it would.
By the end, we kind of decided that although the fireworks were visible to us, we think the pier would’ve actually been the better option.
It was a good show though.
The distance may have been a bummer with the fireworks, but the skyline view from our spot was worth it.
I was too focused on handling an umbrella while trying to take photos, so I didn’t get a good landscape shot of the skyline, but this one I got gives you an idea.
Sorry about zero fireworks photos, the distance wasn’t exactly ideal for iPhone shots.

Extra tidbits:

— We’ve dealt with rain twice so far and we’ve gone through two three umbrellas. We accidentally left one at Qing Xing Yuan and the wind killed the second and third ones. So we’re on number four at the moment. It shouldn’t surprise us … this happens every time we’re on a vacation where it rains. However, I do believe this is the vacation when we’ve lost the most. Oops.
— I can’t get Hamilton out of my head, but that’s not a bad thing.
— We’ve gone off itinerary plans twice and I think we’re both experiencing a bit of anxiety about it.

“I give you Chicago. It is not London and Harvard. It is not Paris and buttermilk. It is American in every chitling and sparerib. It is alive from snout to tail.”

– H. L. Mencken

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