A tradition of ours for a long time has been to go to a Packers game every year. So this year we decided to head to our arch-nemesis, the Chicago Bears, for my dad’s 60th birthday. If you will notice, this is also on my 40×40 list, so I was so happy that this is what Dad chose for this year – PLUS he was turning the big 6-OH, so we had to do it up. (I’m only two weeks behind on this, too, so I’m super patting myself on the back)
We got up there Saturday, and immediately had to find somewhere to watch the AU game. They were playing number 1 UGA, so we definitely weren’t going to miss that. We found a bar over in Wrigleyville called Waterhouse Tavern– where all the Chicago Auburn Alum Club meets for the games. We even got to take the “El” to get to the game! I was pumped – but it was also kind of frightening. It was such an amazing atmosphere, and we were of course thrilled when we beat them, 40-17. We then walked right across the street to get our bloody mary stuff for our tradition of pre-game bloody’s!
After the game, we took the train back to the hotel to get ready for dinner! We had reservations at Gino’s to get some Chicago deep dish! And it definitely didn’t disappoint – I even got a free glass of wine. Thanks Chicago! We got two pizzas and it was definitely too much – it was soooo good though.
Then, after we’d gotten our fill of pizza, we headed over to Navy Pier to go on the Ferris Wheel. It was so fun at night, and we got the most beautiful views of Chicago. We then promptly went back to the hotel and passed out, because the next day was going to be exhausting!
B and I got up super early to take the train again to get dad’s cake. I had gotten a recommendation (Sweet Mandy B’s) from a friend who lives up there, and had ordered a cake from them. It was the cutest little bakery, already open at 8am. I had to stop myself from getting a pastry, because I was pumped about stadium food – my absolute most favorite thing in the world.
When we got back to the hotel, we went straight to my dad’s room for pre-game Bloody’s! We put a sizable dent into the vodka bottle, and then started walking to the stadium. It was only about a twenty minute walk from our hotel to Solider Field, and there were so many Packers fans! It was so fun getting to see another stadium – especially that of our most heated rival. It is actually a pretty friendly rivalry, as no one shouted nasty things at us or any other Packers fan. At halftime, my sister and I had schemed to get Happy Birthday on their screen that scrolls through the stadium! It was so fun to see his name up there! After the Packers victory, we all went back to take warm showers. It was definitely raining/sleeting during the whole game – but it was definitely the kind of experience you want when you book a Chicago game in November.
For dinner, we had made reservations at an amazing steakhouse called Gibson’s. It is a pretty fancy place, and I had the most delicious steak EVER. They even let us bring that cake in for my dad, and sang and lit the 60 candles my sister had brought. My dad and B had some fancy scotch, and we just enjoyed each other’s company while we ate.
As soon as we got back to the hotel room, I passed the hell out. It had been a super long day, and I was definitely ready for bed.
We took an early morning stroll down to the Bean to get some pictures. It was so great, because it was early Monday morning and there were hardly any people there.
All of our flights left at around the same time, so we all headed to the airport, got some food, and Chicago presents for boogs and searched in vain for a Chicago Christmas tree ornament.
It was such a great trip, and it was so fun to spoil our dad silly for his 60th. I can’t wait to see where we go next year!
(actual funny story about the Christmas ornament: when we got back I ordered one on Amazon, and told B I had a surprise coming for him. He then asked me if it was a surprise for “us” or for him. And I said technically it was for us. He then pried it out of me, and he had already bought one too! Kicker? We both bought the exact same ornament. Married too long or what?)