May. 9th, 2010

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Finally a "quiet" weekend in Chicago. It was good to wake up and have no specific early morning events but as things normally go, I met up with a few friends each day. 

Friday: Bluebird
[livejournal.com profile] perromutt  had some free time before heading off to O'hare. Since my condo is near the Blue subway line into O'hare, we were able to meet up and had some beers and foodies at The Bluebird, another small gastropub. The beer was good (tried 2 styles from Three Floyds Brewing Co.) but the food was only above average.I tried their pork belly which was creative but reminded me of a North Carolina style BBQ (vinegary). Afterwards, it was just a quiet night at home.

Saturday: Bucks
After a lazy morning (the overcast skies didn't help), I took care of a few errands in the afternoon. Before meeting up with furries in the north side of Chicago, I had another game in my ice hockey league (lost 4-3). Even though I exhausted, I met up with a furry crew including BasilFox from Michigan at Gino's North. This small restaurant is not related to the Gino's East deep dish restaurant chain. It's also been there for over 30 years. Got to love a place that only charges $84 for 12 beers, 2 appetizers, 1 large multitopping pizza, and one pepperoni deep dish pizza. The rest of the night was just some bar hopping. The most interesting was Buck's Saloon which is an establish neighborhood bar in Boyztown with moose, elk, and deer heads on the walls. We also spent some time at Sidetracks, and The Closet before calling it quits. 

Sunday: Cats
After another lazy morning, I decided to take another bike ride to the Lincoln Park Zoo. With the sun shining brightly and having cool temps, I biked to a local restaurant for a quick breakfast then biked 3 miles to the zoo. Since there is no admission cost, the place is usually packed. I went straight to the Lion House and caught a glimpse of the leopard, jaquar, white tiger, and lions. Outside of the Lion House, the puma was sprawled out and napping on an upper ledge (see photo). After seeing a few wolves, I cycled back home and soon realized that padded cycling shorts are a must especially in the city. *sore butt*



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