Don’t Look Down

Yesterday, we went all the way up the Sears Tower.

And it turns out that I’m not alone in my love for the Sears Towers name:

  • The Chicago Tribune joked that the building’s new name reminded them of the oft-repeated “What you talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” catchphrase from Diff’rent Strokes and considered that name change ill-advised…
  • In 2009, a CNN article discussed how some Chicago area residents expressed reluctance to accept the Willis Tower name
  • A 2010 issue of Chicago magazine ranked the building among Chicago’s 40 most important, the author pointedly refused to acknowledge the name change and referred to the building as the “Sears Tower.”


The author of this blog will also continue to refer to it as the Sears Tower. Long live the Sears Tower!!!!!!!!!!! (Obviously, I have a problem with change.)

Luckily, it wasn’t too busy, and we were able to get to the top without much waiting. Danny and the boys went out onto the Sky Ledge. I looked out the windows, but refused to set foot on the clear ledge.


On the way out of the Sears Tower, you have to walk through two gift shops (of course!) and Jaden and I found yet another pair of the world’s coolest sunglasses.

I’m pretty sure that I should just break down and buy a pair of that awesomeness. I can wear them with my pink fanny pack.

We stopped for lunch at the Corner Bakery inside the Sears Tower lobby. I had the salad trio plate.

Afterwards, we walked around the city for a while. We found a farmer’s market that we browsed, walked down Michigan Avenue, and hung out at Millenium Park.

And of course, I had to grab some free Sabra hummus. What’s better that Sabra hummus? Free Sabra hummus.

We got home about 5:30 pm, and Danny decided that he wanted to go Red Robin for his birthday dinner.

I stuck with the hummus theme and ordered the hummus plate which came with carrots, cucumbers, grilled zucchini, pita bread, and jicama. This was my first time having jicama, which is a root vegetable. The texture kind of reminded me of an apple, but the flavor was pretty bland.

After dinner, my family came over for cupcakes and ice cream to celebrate Danny’s birthday. And the celebrations don’t end there. Tonight, I’m taking Danny out for a date night birthday dinner at the White Chocolate Grill. I have heard great things about this restaurant and can’t wait to try it.

Then, tomorrow night we’re going out to Weber Grill with a bunch of family to celebrate Paul and Danny’s birthdays. After a week straight of eating dinner out at restaurants, I would be perfectly happy if I never saw a restaurant again! Okay, not really, but that’s a lot of eating out. But life will return back to normal when Danny goes back to work on Monday.

Later this morning, I’m going to BodyPump. It’ll be nice to go back to the gym and get into the swing of things again.

Have a great Friday!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you like hummus?
  • Do you like change or when things just stay how they are?
  • Do you get sick of eating out at restaurants?
  • Do you miss working out if you don’t do it for a couple of days?


Filed under Dinner, Family Fun, Lunch

15 Responses to Don’t Look Down

  1. I could never stand on that clear ledge either! Yikes! Looks like you had a fun day! Ive never tried hummus, guess I’ll have to! I too, get tired of eating out when gone from home along time. And after my first week of school, i ahvn’t been able to work out with 7 hours of classes 4 days a week and LOTS of home work. I am missing the work out! If i can get all my home work done this AM I am going today and tomorrow and sunday! Happy Birthday to Danny!

  2. I have been calling it the “Willis” Tower (in quotation marks). Or I use air quotes if I am saying it 🙂

    Looks like a perfect day to visit the city!

    I always ask to go to Red Robin on my bday.

    I saw that Sabra people earlier this week but didn’t get a sample 🙂

  3. Heather

    I live about 30 minute from Chicago, in Indiana and love going into the city! I HATE that it is now the “Willis Tower” and still call it the Sears Tower as well. SEARS TOWER POWER! lol. I haven’t been up to the top since they added the sky decks, but I have been wanting to go and stand on them so bad!!!

    I love, love, love Millennium Park too. My daughter especially loves the “bean” and the “cool water spitting face images” as she calls them. Looks like you guys had lots of fun!

  4. The picture of your family on the clear ledge made me a little sick to my stomach!! I don’t blame you, one bit, for not going out on it! I wouldn’t have either.
    I love hummus!!!
    Thanks for the idea – now I know where to take my husband for Father’s Day…Red Robin!

  5. I will always call Willis Tower, Sears Tower. For some reason it doesn’t even register with me that the name is different. 🙂 It doesn’t help that my husband calls it the Sears Tower as well. At least we are on the same page!

  6. Eeek! Not sure I could step out on that clear ledge either. Scary!!
    How bad is it that I didn’t even know the “Sears” Tower wasn’t called the Sears Tower anymore. I guess I should pay more attention!!

    Hummus…LOVE IT!!! Sabra is my favorite and I just tried the spinach and artichoke flavor this last week. It was delicious!!

  7. I’m a big fan of Millenium Park and your pictures are so fun. I never get free hummus walking around downtown, but I will keep my eyes open for sure!

  8. The farmer’s market you were at, was about 2 blocks from my office. Looks like fun! I have never been to Red Robin

  9. Key Master

    i tried it once but didn’t eat much. The taste was foreign to me and I had to toss it. I’m a meetasaurus no more Hummus for me!!

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