Every year at this time Jaz is in Chicago to attend the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting. It’s been a tradition that we meet no matter how busy and tight her schedule becomes.
This year is extra special because last Saturday was her wedding anniversary and also this time they brought along their two sons, one with his family. She never travels alone anyway, many times her hubby comes along also or with their son, Juancho.
Unfortunately for them Saturday was misty with intermittent showers with the sun peeking and hiding behind thick clouds. It also got colder in the evening but I was glad that they were able to visit the Field Museum, Navy Pier and sampled Chicago deep dish pizza.
They left on Monday for New York so what else to see in Chicago when you only have two full days? With the kids around, it was nice to plan something special for them. I planned on taking them to Au Cheval, voted one of the top 5 best hamburger in the city and consistently for many years the best in the country by Bon Appetit but fate was not on our side – the small place was busy the whole time and they don’t take reservations.
Even the bigger restaurant, Little Goat, had a wait of almost 2 hours. Good thing we were in the vicinity of Greek Town so we ended up in Santorini where they immediately set up a table for 10.
Quite a contrast from the previous places we just came from, Santorini was half empty. Almost summer and yet there was fire in the fireplace, a relief from the wind and cold breeze outside. Service was efficient and we were able to sit together, stay longer after lunch enabling us to catch up with each other while we sent the young ones on their way to see The Willis Tower, the Beam and United Center.
We eventually decided to leave the kids in the city as Jaz needed to go shoe shopping so I drove her to Nordstrom where they have a shoe for any size and shape of feet. Jaz is a firm believer that having a happy feet is one of the secrets to happiness. And I agree!
Now I hope they have better weather in New York.