Sunday, May 1, 2011

Caching, Lake Michigan and Hot Dogs

Look at the title of my post and what's not to love?  It's a gorgeous day here in Chicago - deep blue skies, a stiff breeze and temperatures hovering around 60.  We had to meet a client who lived near the lake this morning, so I grabbed my caching bag as we breezed out the door, hoping   insisting, that we hit the lake front for some caching afterwards.

I love unusual or big art, and the first place we stopped provided plenty of interesting things to look at.  This was at the park entrance.

I don't understand the big pencil, but it sure was different.

I don't know if these were cement benches or a breakwater wall, but I loved how they were painted.

We had to walk out to the end of this pier....

And find the cache on this search light.....
The views of downtown Chicago were wonderful....

The next cache was hidden on this sailboat...

I would love to own this house overlooking the lake.  What a view!

Hey, is there a cache hidden in here???

Lou finally spotted this nicely hidden cache.  You can't see it in this picture, but I promise you it's there...

This was a great beach because we found some sea glass and a really pretty rock.

As we were headed for home, we spotted a street vendor selling hot dogs.  There is just something really yummy about a Chicago style hot dog with a steamed bun, so of course we had to stop.

If you are ever in Chicago, you HAVE to get a Chicago style hot dog.  They are the best!  I know I cheat and put ketchup on my dog, but then, I put ketchup on a lot of stuff.  You can read all about the history of Chicago style hot dogs here
Be sure to get them with a dash of celery salt - it just adds a little something extra. 

One of my favorite hot dogs are at Gene & Judes in River Grove, IL.  I actually like the fries better than the hot dog.  They are nice and greasy and they dump them right on top of the hot dog.  Read about them here:'s

Another favorite of mine is Superdawg in Chicago.  I have been going there since I was a kid.  The top of their building sports 2 giant hot dogs and people from all over the world have taken a picture of them.    They have 1950's style car hop service there and it's just a fun place to visit.

Who has a taste for hot dogs tonight?


  1. The dogs sound yummy....I think...tomatoes and Dill (pickles) may be okay, I would have to try about this...I'll try it if you try an "Andy's Burger) a regular hamburger with onions, mustard and chili!! Some even add slaw...haven't tried that yet! I call them Andy burgers after our favorite stop on the way home from fishing in North Carolina!! I make these burgers as 'sliders' (mini-burgers) when we tailgate at a VT Hokies Football game, and they're a hit!! Still haven't done the caching yet, went fishing in NC and meant to look up online to see if there is anything down there...think my dad would love the adventure!! I'm definitely going to try it soon, I'll let you know!!

  2. You're on! What's not to like? Could I add cheese tho? And if the slaw is a sweet slaw, I am definately down for that!

    You will be surprised at how many caches are hidden all over. Probably more than you can imagine. They are everywhere. Let me know - better yet - take a picture!

  3. definitely sounds like a great way to spend the day! and it definitely looks like a good hiding spot for a cache!

  4. Your photos looks so pretty! We've been to chicago many times but have never spent time on the beach!!!

  5. Daisy: the lakefront is really beautful. Have you ever been to Navy Pier? Check it out. Be forewarned about the beaches tho - the water is COLD!

  6. Well, this looks like a wonderful day! Finding sea glass always makes my day and ending it with a dog is like icing on the cake! I'd love to try a real Chicago hot dog, I've had those that say they are, but I think you need to be IN Chicago to call it real!!!!!

    Maybe one day…

  7. Come on up Shellbelle - I'll take ya for the real deal!

  8. I'm saving my pennies to get to Chicago just for the hot dogs well perhaps a bit of caching to. All my past trips to USA has been to Texas, Arkansas and North Carolina. Perhaps Calgery in Canada would be closer but all that was for work. Pensioner now so it's down to supermarkets.

    1. When you get here we'll go caching together. One of the oldest caches in the country is not far from here.


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