07/23/14 - It was nearly impossible to pick just one photo for this amazing day in Chicago, but I had to immortalize my first trip inside Wrigley Field. We started our day with a nice 2 mile walk from Lakeshore Drive to the coast of Lake Michigan, through Lincoln Park, and were stunned by the beautiful scenery and the amazing view of the skyline (see yesterday’s photo). Eventually, we made our way to the Lincoln Park Zoo, a massive and free zoo in the middle of Lincoln Park. We easily could have spent our whole day there, but we kept it to a few hours so that we didn’t miss the Cubs game later. The zoo is comparable to any major metro zoo, albeit on a smaller scale, and everything was tastefully done. We were really impressed with the apparent social conscience of Chicago as a whole, and our great healthy lunch at one of the zoo cafés (with an enviable view of the skyline) exemplified this. I would say that this zoo is one of the most incredible attractions in the city, and I highly recommend it! We made the long walk back north to Wrigleyville, and after some delicious, fresh baked cookies, we walked to the Cubs game. Wrigley for me is described in one word: Mecca. It is a true national treasure, and easily the greatest ballpark that I’ve ever experienced. The Cubs left much to be desired (they lost to the lowly Padres), but I could have soaked in the baseball culture for a week. The night was surprisingly chilly, as the wind cut right through the stadium. Steph may disagree, but nothing could have sullied my pilgrimage to The Friendly Confines. We sat 7 rows off the field, immediately in front of the Padres bullpen, which was a great view of both the infield and the ivy-covered outfield walls. After the game, we hit up the team shop and got a mini-bat laser-etched with our name to commemorate the trip. A truly memorable day.