Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Acapulco Revisited

After the Cubs game, the plan was to meet up with our friend Brigham for post-game drinks at his apartment, only a few blocks from Wrigley. When we called Brigham, however, he was across town at a bar on North Avenue Beach. Big surprise. So we took a cab to meet him at Castaways off Lake Shore Drive. Since it was such an amazing day, the beach was packed. It was quite a sight to be seen. The water was crystal blue and the skyline very clear. We went up the stairs of the ship-like structure to Castaways, where I instantly felt déjà vu—sophomore-year college spring break in Acapulco. The females were scantly clad in bikinis and the males were sporting muscle-bound shirtless chests. A band was playing in the middle and it was wall-to-wall people. Coming from the Cubs game instead of the beach, my group of friends was definitely overdressed. Despite this, we grabbed 20 oz. cans of Miller Light and continued to soak up the sun. It was a good time.

From there, we took a cab back to Wrigleyville and ate dinner at Socca, a neighborhood French Italian Bistro on North Clark that Erin’s cousin had recommended. It was amazing. Some of the best food I have ever tasted. We had the goat cheese pizzette as an appetizer, which had the most delectable flavors, and I enjoyed the gnocchi as an entrée, which featured chicken breast, escarole and butternut squash with a chicken parmesan sugo. Unbelievably tasty. After dinner, it was quite an adventure getting back to Naperville with Beth and Adam since we had missed the 8:40 train. Two hours later, we caught the 10:40 from Union Station and arrived home safely by midnight. It was a very long day, but so great to hang out with friends and enjoy an amazing summer day in Chicago.

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