Thursday, October 27, 2011

It's my kind of town!

**WARNING** this post is verrry long and has a crap-ton of pics, so you might want to get a snack and a beverage and find somewhere comfy to relax! Mom and Dad took me on a little ROAD TRIP....

Hmmmm...I wonder where we're going?????

Soon, I saw the familiar skyline of CHICAGO! We drove the car to THIS place and gave the keys to some man that worked there and said he would take care of it for us.

"The Drake"....hmmm....I like the sound of this place!

Wow...this is MY kind of place! The elevator even has a little SOFA in it! PERFECT!

It's a LONG RIDE up to the 8th floor....I must rest!

Check this out....ANOTHER resting spot when we got off the elevator!

Ahhhhhhhh....that was an exhausting ride up the elevator!

WOW! This is our room????

Overlooking Lakeshore Drive and Lake Michigan!!! SO pretty! There was even a dog beach right there, but it was FREEEEZING cold!

Instead of the beach, Mom and Dad took me SHOPPING on Michigan Avenue! Chicago is a very dog friendly city and mom asked Dr. Google which stores would allow me to shop. She was surprised to find out that there are a LOT of them!

Now THIS is more like it!!!!

Here is our first stop...Anthropologie

Mom got some vanilla perfume that makes her smell like a cupcake! MMMMM

THIS was my favorite store....BLOOMINGDALES!!!!!

THIS lady is BETTY from the hosiery department....she said I was the best looking customer she'd had all day, but she was sorry that they didn't have any Spanx in my size. HAHAHAA! As IF I'd cram my PugButt into a pair of Spanx!!!!! She also told me that she only dates on Sundays and Mondays and said I could come back anytime.

After we covered just about ALL of Michigan Ave, we went back to The Drake

I had a nice nap on their Big Cloud Bed and waited for dinner....

Dinner is served!!!!

Gino's East deep dish supreme with broken sausage (not the patty). NOM! Mom gave me her sausage and pizza bones (crust).

The next morning, after a NICE long sleep...Mom had her coffee in bed and I helped her and dad with the crossword puzzle.

I was also King of the 'Mote....I had to find a weather forecast that would tell us when it would stop RAINING in Chicago!

The rain didn't stop, so Mom dressed me in my rain slicker and we went out for breakfast....


If any of you watch CUPCAKE WARS on Food Network, you should know about Sprinkles! Candice Nelson is one of the judges on the show and Sprinkles is HER cupcake bakery!

They even have DOGGIE cupcakes! Mmmmm....vanilla!!!!
***Mom's note*** I tried the ginger lemon and I'm here to tell you that sometimes cupcakes ARE worth the $3.50 price tag. I have some experimenting to do here in my own kitchen!!!!

To work off the cupcakes, we walked all the way from Walton Ave. down and over to Navy Pier (map's like 93923827278485 miles)

The SUN came out, but it was still COLD! Here are dad and I in front of Navy Pier.

As we walked around, LOOK what we found!!!!!

McD's of the Future???? WTF????

Nope....regular old McCheesyburgers! Nothing futuristic about this!

I had to hurry and nom kind of fast......

Dad called them RATS WITH WINGS but mom said they were funny the way they move their necks when they walk.

After some shopping in the Pier shops, I had a therapy session with none other than BOB NEWHART!!!!

He didn't have much to say.

After some more shopping and a long walk back, we left to get back to Indy.

Bye bye Chicago! See you again SOON!


Payton said...

Salinger!! My man, how come you didn't tell me that you were going to Chicago? How fun! I love it!! It's my kind of town! We should totally plan a "girls" weekend there sometime (when the weather is nice so we can go out to eat at all the great restaurants)! And have Tiffy and her mom join us too! I'm glad you had so much fun shopping on Mich Ave! Besides eating, that is my favorite! Try to have a good weekend even though you are back in Indy.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sal,
I am so happy about your wonderful trip to Chicago. I do not know this town but my Mum does.

All sounds fantastic, thanks for a lovely report. Whenever I cross the ocean sometime, I will go to all the stores and restaurants you went to! Hope you are coming along then ...

Love from Berlin
Carlos Santana

Gracie the Agility Pug said...

Awesome pics. My mom's been to Chicago, when her train transferred and she had a few hours to kill. She loved it. Your pics make me want to go!

Two Pugs in a Pod said...

So sorry that we missed you guys on this visit. Next time for sure! I'll rent, buy or steal a car so I can meet up with you. ;) I NEED ME SOME SALINGER!!!

Suzy said...

I loved your "crap ton" of pics, Sal! Chicago is an awesome town & it looks like you guys had a BLAST!

I love the pic of you eating the McCheeseyburger from the future-my Chloe would be chasing the rats with wings, instead xoxo

pugsx4 said...

What a lucky dog! Your mom and dad are the best.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Ok spoiled now we've seen everything!! BOL
You pawticipated in the adventure of all adventures
Benny & Lily

Minnie and Mack said...

Wow, that was a great trip! Love the pictures. The Drake looks like a wonderful place to sleep with such a cushy bed, too.

What a lucky pug!

Drools and licks,
Minnie and Mack

Hank said...

Sal, you know whut I always say 'bout shoppin' ("it's fer girls an' quares"), but that DOES look like one helluva trip I tell ya what.

Cheeseboogers an' pizza. GAWD!

dw said...

Sal, I saw you waving at me - did you see me wave back? Heee! That was a heck of a long walk out to Navy Pier! I've walked that from Water Tower Place and yeah, it's 9748493928538294387 miles! Next time you're in town, we'll have to get together! Oh, and you must have just missed Mr. Newhart - he was in town last Saturday!

Tiffy said...

Sal, I'm so sorry we couldn't get together this week. My peeps were like so crazy busy and of course they wouldn't let me drive myself to the city. Something about not being old enough or something like that.

You sure had a fab time hanging out. That pizza and McCheeseyburger are reminding me that I need to get some of that good stuff soon. How is it that there's all this great food around yet none of it ever makes its way to my belly?

I agree with Payton that we need to have a girls weekend. Maybe next spring we can do it. We could don our Easter bonnets and take the Mag Mile by storm!


Southern Fried Pugs said...

Color us green with envy! Pizza and cheeseburgers.

Vito and Gina said...

Holy cow Salinger, that was a busy trip. I like your little top coat and your slicker (don't tell Mom I said that). Who knew pugs were allowed in Anthropologie and Bloomingdales? It looks like you had a pretty awesome time. Especially the most important parts: the pizza, the McCheesyburger, and the cupcake.


Lesli said...

This is my favorite post ever! I wish I could bring my Pug to Chicago.

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