The week between my birthday at the end of September and our wedding anniversary at the beginning of October became Birthversary week four years ago when my adorable husband Jim and I got married. Every year we try to do something fun — like have a mini adventure or two — for my birthday. Then we finish up the week with a nice dinner out (dressing up required) for our anniversary. This year our mini adventure was a trip to Chicago. When we happened upon the bronze couch in the park, we knew we had to try and recreate our favorite wedding day photo. I think we did a pretty good job considering the couch was a bit stiff and I had no pillows to prop myself on.
Our adventure began at Chicago’s Navy Pier. We didn’t spend much time walking around the midway, but I did manage to cross one more thing off my bucket list: eat a Chicago style hotdog in Chicago.
Check and check. Oddly, there was no ketchup on the Chicago dog — it was a hot dog with onions, mustard, pickle relish, hot peppers and a slice of dill pickle across the top. I’m not usually a hot dog person, but the combination of hot peppers and pickles made the dog go down easy. I was happy to see they offered a Milwaukee dog, which was a bratwurst covered in sauerkraut. That’s more my speed.
We took a few more photos before heading to the day’s main event — an architectural boat tour of Chicago. Yes I got my seasick husband to go on a boat tour…and no, he didn’t lose his Chicago dog during the ride. The river was actually very calm. A birthday miracle!
Our tour guide was fantastic. He was an architecture student in Chicago and called himself an architecture nerd.
I quickly discovered my favorite buildings on the tour — which coincidentally were built in 1959 — the twin towers of Marina City.
We had a rare treat during the tour — the Van Buren Street bridge went up just as we were going underneath!
Here are some midcentury homes on the river. No one knows exactly how much they are worth because all of the original owners still live there. I suppose if I had such a great spot in the city, I wouldn’t move either.
The weather was absolutely ideal for the tour. Sunny, about 70 degrees and beautiful fluffy clouds that were reflected in the buildings as we passed.
I’m not sure you could ask for a more perfect day to take this tour.
Since I got my adorable husband Jim on a boat, I let him pick the restaurant for dinner. Jim picked well — his love of noodles led us right to The Slurping Turtle. All of us thoroughly enjoyed being allowed to slurp our food — especially my 7 year old nephew. The food was delicious and another birthday miracle happened — my mother-in-law who doesn’t like fish at all — ate sushi and liked it! As dinner went on, we all started trying to take photos of each other slurping noodles…that’s when this happened:
That’s what I get for daring her to try sushi!