Chocolate Adventure - Chicago

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One day, my sister wanted chocolate.  And not just a candy bar, she wanted CHOCOLATE. So she googled Hershey's and found that there is a store in Chicago, which is within reasonable driving distance.  We decided to make a day of it and drove to Chi-town the following Sunday.  Now, the funny thing is, we've lived our entire lives in Southern Illinois and had never been to Chicago in our 20+ years.

Being Sunday, it wasn't too crazy downtown, so we found a parking garage and took off on foot (in the drizzling rain).  On our way to the Hershey Store, we walked along Michigan Avenue, but without umbrellas, we didn't get to enjoy the stoll like we'd like to, and we ended up arriving fifteen minutes before they opened.

I'll take one of everything...
  But when they did open, we were greeted by the overwhelmingly intoxicating (in a good way) aroma of chocolate - sweet, decadent chocolate.  We shopped, we breathed (I couldn't get enough of the aroma) and we ate dessert for breakfast.  There is a bakery in the store that offers all sorts of chocolate baked goods.  We got a Hershey's Brownie and a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup cupcake and split them.  They were to DIE for - DELISH!  Everything a chocolate-addict could ask for.

Even though Emily was perfectly content on just driving to Chicago for chocolate, I wasn't having it.  So, I planned for a day in the Windy City.  From the Hershey Store, we dropped our purchases off at the car, and walked to the Hard Rock Cafe (I have a goal of going to every one in the world).

Gino's Supreme deep dish pizza
  For lunch, we got a true taste of Chicago - deep dish pizza at Gino's East.  We got the Gino's Supreme: sausage patty in the bottom with peppers, onions, and mushrooms.  It took 45-minutes to bake, and we were starving by the time the pizza arrived, but it was worth the wait.  It was awesome! We each polished off half the pizza (okay, we'd only gotten a small, but it was deep dish).

While in Chicago, we also checked out the landmark Navy Pier, but it probably wasn't the best day - it was rainy, cold, and nasty.  We souvenir shopped and walked outside a bit, but really didn't enjoy it.  We decided to call it a day and headed for home.

I did like the city of Chicago a lot better than I anticipated.  I've always had a disdain for the city since it dominates Illinois on every level, and I am proud to be from Southern Illinois - an area that tends to be forgotten. 

iramalama says:
I am a rarity...I don't like chocolate. I know...stone me. But I definitely go for some Reese's Pieces. That Reese's-themed cafe in the pic is a hoot! Love it!
Posted on: Jan 22, 2010
osgoodst says:
you should've visited the melting pot and get the chocalate fondue. Where you able to find cheap parking? Its funny I used to live a block from that place and never visited, how sad!
Posted on: Jan 09, 2010
marksreynolds says:
One of the places we didn't get to visit during our Chicago trip...Hershey :(
Posted on: Dec 13, 2009
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Ill take one of everything...
I'll take one of everything...
Ginos Supreme deep dish pizza
Gino's Supreme deep dish pizza
My FAVORITE! Reeses!
My FAVORITE! Reese's!
lunch at Ginos East
lunch at Gino's East
A rainy day in the windy city...
A rainy day in the windy city...
Road trip!
Road trip!
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