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Thanksgiving Weekend in Chicago by Ann Treacy
December 15, 2009, 12:21 am
Filed under: Chicago

This year we spent Thanksgiving in Chicago. We drove as far as the Dells on Wednesday. Stayed in a hotel and left the next morning for Chicago. We convoyed with Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle Billy. Actually Aine drove in that car and the rest of us in our car.

Thanksgiving Dinner

We got to the Lynches just in time for dinner. I think Katie had 25 people over for dinner. They made 3 turkeys; one was grilled, one deep fried and one was cooked the usual way. There was stuffing, pumpkin pies and a lot of other secondary foods. (Well secondary in my opinion.) Everything was great. The kids had a fun time with their cousins.

Friday Pedicure

Instead of going shopping on Black Friday, Katie, Mom and I went and got pedicures. That’s a trend that I think we should continue.

Horse Drawn Carriage

Friday night all 13 of us toured downtown Chicago on horse drawn carriages. Kate got us great Groupon bargains. It wasn’t too cold – and we got a fun trip around Michigan Avenue towards Navy Pier. I don’t think we had ever done a tour like that – it was fun. On the way to the carriage we stopped in the largest ER hospital in Chicago. We just had to use the bathroom and warm up – but it felt a little bit like ER – without Dr Carter.

After the carriage rides we went to Greek Town for dinner. Greek Town is always fun! Our group of 13 was hardly the biggest group there – we weren’t even the loudest. Our favorite part is when the set the Saganaki on fire.

Saturday Café Too

Saturday we went swimming at Grandma & Grandpa’s hotel. That was fun. Then we went to the Lynches chirch to make Advent Calendars. But the very fun activity of the day was trying out a new (for us) restaurant in Chicago called Café Too. It’s a small restaurant. They hire homeless and low income workers to learn the restaurant business. You can get a 6-course meal for $24; bet yet, they don’t have a liquor license so you can bring in your own wine.

The food was very good and the service was even better. They should open a restaurant in St Paul.

Sunday we drove home. There was a lot of fun hanging out, walking around Katie’s neighborhood and stuff over the weekend too.

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