Out and About in Chicago
We visited the Shedd Aquarium the first week we moved to Chicago. I had been before, with my family on vacation one summer, but I didn’t remember it at all. Eric and I went on a Sunday afternoon, and it was chilly and rainy.
This was the line into the aquarium, which was even longer inside the building. We waited in line over an hour. And, uh, not worth it. Or it’s not worth it if you purchase the cheaper tickets, which we did.
We looked at some fish…
…and spent less time there than we did in line. It wasn’t for us. I think it would be fun if you had kids and wanted to bring them here. Maybe we chose the wrong time to come; it was packed full of people. At least we can say we did it!
I went to the opening day of the Lincoln Park farmers’ market a few weeks ago. It was pretty cool. Definitely bigger than the one I used to go to in Springfield. I think it was too early to go when I did, because there wasn’t a wide variety of produce to choose from – mostly asparagus. I will be back, though! I want some fresh fruit. Do you think they have Concord grapes? I’ve always wanted to eat/bake with Concord grapes. I’ll keep you updated.
When I was leaving I spotted Top Chef Sarah Grueneberg leaving the market. First Chicago celebrity sighting! Whoop. Sorry for the bad picture.
A few Chicago natives told me I should try Molly’s Cupcakes, located in Lincoln Park. Well, I strolled over there one day (it was really busy) and bought two cupcakes. They had more extravagant, filled cupcakes, but I stuck to basic carrot cake and red velvet.
Here’s the red velvet with with cream cheese frosting. It was good. Moist, not dry at all. The frosting wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet. I wasn’t blown away by it, but it deserves a good rating.
Here’s the carrot cake with browned butter frosting. I loved the frosting (obviously), and the cake was tasty, too. I’d give these an A.
I have a question for those who have worked in bakeries before. Are the cakes/cupcakes made from scratch? Or do most bakeries use a mix?
Oh! One last important piece of news for you – I’m a proud owner of a new set of wheels.
I found my bike! It’s a used Schwinn road bike. So pretty! I love it!
I need a bell and a basket now. And maybe some lavender streamers.