Sorry for my absence here yesterday…I had been feeling so cooped up having been sick for the last week that I decided it was time to get out. I remembered our Frommer’s Chicago With Kids (a going away gift when leaving Colorado) and started reading randomly. I found Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown and looked up nearby restaurants (we ate at a restaurant inside these gates). Even though the drive from our apartment was an hour, I figured Iliana could nap in the car instead of her bed and when she wakes up we’ll have a park to explore.
It was a beautiful day, with the sun shining bright and blue skies. This red fencing was interesting. Iliana liked running down the path next to it. We were right next to the river and saw lots of baby goslings (’tis the season).
We explored and played in the park/playground, bought some Botan Rice Candy a traditional Japanese sweet (something my mother used to bring back for me from her trips to San Francisco’s Chinatown), walked the main Chinatown drag, stepped into the Chinatown Library – a Chicago public library, and later ate at a Vietnamese restaurant called The Noodle. Eric joined us after work so he was with us for the latter half of the trip. He and Iliana ran almost the entire way back to the car (a quarter mile maybe?), Iliana’s idea after being mesmerized by a running group of Asian teenagers in Ping Tom park. Needless to say we were all sleepy when we arrived home a bit before 10 pm!
Any ideas for our next field trip? Anywhere we must go in Chicago?