Sunday, July 6, 2014

Chicagoans Don't Go to Navy Pier

Navy Pier is a top tourist trap in Chicago.  Unless you have a kid to take to their renowned children's museum, there really is no reason for a Chicagoan to make it out there.  My buddy Elliot came down from the burbs to see me and he wanted to go there for some reason.  We had some lunch at the dingy Billy Goat Tavern; he had a double burger and I had a hot dog.  There was a station to add your own fillings, and I was disappointed that I couldn't get a full Chicago dog that was "dragged through the garden" or with "the Chicago 7," which includes mustard, onions, relish, sport peppers, tomatoes, pickle spear and celery salt.  Later we walked inside the building and saw the America's Dog in the food court.  They have a few locations throughout Chicago and their hot dogs taste so much better.  I recognize that Billy Goat's specialty is not their dog, but rather their "cheezborger."
After we ate, Elliot suggested we ride the ferris wheel, which I had never done before.  A full rotation is 7 minutes (but feels faster) and costs $7 per person.  I didn't realize that the Pier had other carnival rides such as those crazy flying swings, merry-go-round, and a mini drop ride like the Giant Drop at Six Flags.  We then paid the $25 (!!) parking garage fee and moved on.
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