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you must dance for ketchup.

I went to ALA, and only brought you back a photo of a quicksilver jellybean.

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For the past four days, Scott and I were either traveling from Wisconsin to Chicago, being at ALA, or traveling from Chicago to Wisconsin. This trip involved a panel (with Timothy Zahn, John Scalzi, Brandon Sanderson, David Brin, and Cory Doctorow), an interview, two signings, some long walks, three business dinners, and two (2) stops at The Norske Nook in Osseo (famous for pie) for pie. One of the dinners was at the Gage in Chicago. Wow. Actually, Chicago acquitted itself beautifully in all fronts with regard to food. The other dinners were at Gioco and at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab.

I also got to meet a bunch of internet friends in person for the first time, and reconnect with some old pals. And make some new ones!

The Gage makes this cocktail they call Fortune & Glory, which is Plantation 5 year old rum, punt e mes, aperol, and green chartreuse. RELEVANT. I wish I had taken a snapshot.

It's like a Bijou, only better.

Courtesy of Patrick Nielsen Hayden, I also experienced my very first Chicago-Style hot dog, which was delicious, and here is the proof:

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They have rules about how they will give you a hot dog in Chicago, by the way:

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Chicago is awesome, exhibit A: this is a subway sign:

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(You could see the El from our hotel room, and the not-Sears Tower. I may have been a little too excited about these things. Here is the view from said hotel room at dawn:

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I also managed to get up and run both Saturday and Sunday mornings, no small feat given the amount of wine going around those dinners. Our hotel was a couple of blocks from the lake, and I will state now that there is little to compare with early morning runs along Lake Michigan for glamour!

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I have such a crush on Chicago.

We were pretty busy, but Sunday night we managed to go look at Cloud Gate, which I had never seen before. It's astounding: a giant mirrored curved thing. I had to hug it. I think Patrick took a photo, but for now here's one of me and Scott reflected in its surface.

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And then we went back to the hotel and I fell asleep while he worked on galleys. But before that, there were fireworks out our window.

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Now I am on the couch in my pajamas with a cocktail made of Chambord, bourbon, and raspberries, and I don't plan to move for a good long while.


By 'Erie' do you mean 'Michigan'?

I have enlightened people not from near Chicago about the name of the bean. "It's called Cloud Something, isn't it?" "No, it's the bean." "But--" "BEAN."
Yes, already fixed. Anomia strikes again.
The Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeean!

I hear the artist is (or at least was; he may have mellowed) really pissed about the nickname. Too bad and too late!
It is indeed a Bean. Nicknames mean love, dude.
If he didn't want it to be called the Bean, he should have made it something else. Like a cloud. Or a gate.

*waits for Readercon*
As a nitpicky great lakes editor-type person, I am honor-bound to point out that is Lake Michigan. :-)
This makes me homesick. I loved living in the Chicago area and going downtown. It's beautiful in the summer - I just couldn't take the winters so moved away in the late 70s. So many neat things have been added to the city since then.

(Wow, what a lineup of authors too - I'm very jealous)
You were great on that panel! One of the highlights of my first ALA :).
Living well is the best revenge.

What I miss the most about Chicago is the friends I have there. Second? The hotdogs.
I liked Chicago. It's too long since I've been there. Thank you for reminding me.


(I have been trying to get the hot dog stand that's out on the street in front of our building to carry vegetarian hot dogs for years now. Especially after I learned that they have vegetarian hot dogs at the hot dog stand in Brattleboro VT.)
Yeah, I liked that they had Hot Dogs For All.

(You can show them my photo as blackmail.)

Edited at 2013-07-02 03:50 pm (UTC)
I will keep that in mind. I told him about it on my way in. He says he's looking for a good veggie dog.

Hmph. I don't think it's that hard!
Maybe his standards are "tastes like beef?"
I think that's one of the reasons why veggies dogs even make sense to me - because for me, hotdogs were kind of removed from meat in the first place. I just want something vaguely salty and umami-ish that will be a nice foil for mustard and sauerkraut. The pickle would be a major bonus. (And a pepper would be an even more major bonus. Maybe I will show those pictures to our local vendor when I head out for a meeting in an hour or so...)
I enjoyed last years worldcon in Chicago immensely. I managed to fit a couple of nice runs in along the lakefront. Once down to The Adler, and once the other way to Navy Pier. Really nice place to run.

Hope to run into you and Scott this weekend at Conquest! :)
I do love Chicago. I had a friend who lived there for years and I got to visit it a far number of times. She's now in Raleigh, and I miss Chicago.
They are absolutely spot on about tomato ketchup, too. Nasty stuff, doesn't belong anywhere.
And many congratulations on your Locus Award.
I like ketchup.

Especially on meatloaf.

:-( *sniffle*

(thank you)
I hereby confer upon you my entire lifetime's supply of ketchup. I'm pleased to see it go to a good home :-)
I want that Octophant poster in the worst possible way!

Glad it was such an excellent trip.
So happy you love my city!

It is the Bean. It will always be the Bean. We really love it and that's why it's the Bean (and not the Cloud Whatitsface).
Love love love Chicago.

"For 4 months out of the year, Chicago is the most beautiful city in North America. For the other 8, it's the most beautiful city in Siberia." - Susan Werner