This is a small city style park. There is a small, very basic playground, a large covered picnic area, and some grassy areas. The area around the clock tower has benches. The park has a very rich history! The clock used to play the story of the pied piper with figures. I could not find anything about it running since 2004. I did find something from the city of Covington that said they were working on getting it operational again. Even without the show the clock is still impressive. There is a small path that leads past the large Covington sign. The beginning part that you walk down to see the sign is not too bad but as you get down the hill the path gets a little messed up. We hit some really bad black top before turning back due to flooding at the bottom of the valley. This park is right by Mainstrass. Many interesting festivals, bars, restaurants, and architecture can be found in Covington!
Gino’s East in Downtown Chicago is a famous place. It has been in countless magazines, television shows, and many a travel story. For my 29th birthday we went to Chicago to celebrate. I had to stop by Gino’s, write my name on the wall, and have a piece of Gino’s famous pizza. Their deep dish Chicago style is what they are known for. They have a sausage patty pizza made with their famous sausage. That is what we had. It is really good. While there we saw Actor Peter Jacobson standing in line. He plays Dr. Taub on House. He was on Law and Order and a ton of other shows from Will & Grace to The Good Wife! What a shock to just see him standing there! He was nice enough to let me take his photo.
I wrote my name on the wall in hot pink lipstick because ink was not going to show up. The whole place is covered in names! It’s amusing. Here’s my name-
Can you see the hot pink “Crystal?”
Location: 633 North Wells Street (at Ontario Street) Downtown Chicago, IL
Cost: Varies based on what you order. Their menu is on their website.
double pizza crust (bought, homemade, or out of a pouch)
5 cloves garlic
fresh mozzarella 12 ozs
5-6 tomatoes sliced (We used on the vine.)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
We covered the oven rack with parchment paper. Then we brushed it with olive oil. Sprinkled the garlic cloves with a little salt and minced them. Sprinkled the garlic, oregano, and basil over the crust. Placed the sliced tomatoes on the crust in a single layer. Broke up the fresh mozzarella and spread it out evenly. Turned the oven on 450F. Put the rack with the pizza on it in the oven. It was in there for about 5 minutes when we started smelling smoke. Ran to the kitchen to find the edges of the parchment paper on fire. Patted it out. Checked the parchment paper to find that it has an oven proof limit of 420F. Oops! Turned the oven down to 400F. About 10 minutes later the pizza was done. I told the family if it was really awful they did not have to eat it. It turned out that the pizza had a smokey taste like it was cooked in a wood stove. We, a family of four, ate an entire double crust pizza! It was so amazing! Love when mistakes turn into pleasant surprises!
Yesterday was election day. I did my American duty and voted. We also decided to take the kids in with us this year. This was the first time Ivy had seen the voting booths. It led to many discussions about government, elections, and America. It turned out to be one of those little life moments that allows a child to connect the dots and gets them asking questions. Remember that education is everywhere.