A Day To Indulge

A Day To Indulge

So the day would start out like many did for me prior to me tearing my MCL some years and that means basketball, driving up Lake Shore Drive early in the morning catching the sun ripple off of Lake Michigan and going to the Lincoln park courts just north of the zoo and getting in some good hoops with the vast array of character that come past the courts.

After that breakfast is in order so go over to Stanley’s on Armitage and indulge in their excellent weekend breakfast buffet of fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, hash browns and just right scrambled eggs. Now I need to chill after that large breakfast so walk back to my vehicle by the zoo and get my fishing gear and set up at the Lincoln Park lagoon and try to catch whatever is in there for a few hours while watching traffic and the sun cross the sky.

After nodding a few times and having no fish, pack up and drive south back down Lake Shore Drive to Hyde Park. Find a spot and guess what it time to eat again, so head to Mellow Yellow on 53rd just past Harper Court. Sit down and order up fried catfish (since I didn’t catch any), with fries and a salad and enjoy the laid back cafe. And of course finish off with a piece of carrot cake.

Again need to get some exercise since I stuffed myself again, walk west and head towards the University of Chicago but stop at 57th Street books, go downstairs and browse through what books they have, see what else is new. Come out and walk south towards 60th by the Plaisance and just watch the soccer games and people running and walking around.

Then starting walking east towards the lake, come all the way up to Cornell and head back to 57th going east and go to the Museum of Science & Industry. Pay the money and head inside and see what is new but check out the old favorites, the train set, U-505 submarine and space museum and then chill on one of the upstairs benches near the brightly colored staircases.

Once again start walking again and head to the lakefront at 57th and walk to “The Point” and start to head back to the vehicle, its getting towards late afternoon, guess what its time to eat again, so actually head north and take Lake Shore Drive and swing over to King Drive and go into the south loop, park by Jones Commercial High School and head to the Lou Malnati’s on State just past 8th Street and get a classic Lou’s pie (with butter crust), and Malnati salad. Watch the game they have on TV and get cheese and sauce all over myself but enjoy every minute of it.

And even though I just ate, still walk around the corner to Wabash to the Harold’s Chicken and get a “half white with hot sauce” (two breasts and two wings with hot sauce over fries and limp wonder bread), and take that back to the vehicle, that will be my lunch tomorrow.

Drive north back up Lake Shore Drive one more time, back to Fullerton and park by the zoo again and walk to the lake and sit on the rocks just watching the night lake and late evening runners and people doing their “date walks”.

By now it should be getting late so drive north of Lake Shore Drive to Lawrence and park on Broadway and should be in time for a jazz show at the Green Mill in uptown, so grab a table in the back, get a beer and relax listening to a great traditional jazz gig. After the first intermission its probably near 11 or so, got a long drive home, so settle up and drive back south home, what a day.
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