Argo Cafe

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 16, 2010


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Yesterday Eric and I were exploring the city of Chicago for 11 hours and we got home late once again. We are having such a blast here. There are lots of things for tourists to do.

We had lunch at the Corner Bakery Cafe:


I had the Asian salad with edamame. It was quite good!

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Along with an iced Mighty Leaf Bombay Chai tea.


After lunch, we hit the road to explore the city! No plans, no commitments, no schedules. Just good times. When we travel we prefer to do things by the seat of our pants and explore by foot. We made our way to the Water and Air show and it was packed!



There were thousands of people all over the lakeshore area for the air show.

I saw Vince Vaughn in a parachute (or so I hear!) ;)


We each had a Run Glo Bar for fuel:


After that we were off to explore more of the city.

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Then it was time for lunch #2 at Argo Cafe!


I enjoyed the Garden Lentil salad and Eric had the Chicken Panini.


The lentil salad was delish!!!


I want to try to recreate this at home. :)


I also had the Sangria Tea which was awesome and had chunks of fruit in it!


After lunch #2, we decided to go to the skydeck to see views of the city.

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When we got to the Skydeck we were herded like cattle for about 1 hour and 45 minutes! It was busy, busy, busy. Had we known it would eat up so much time we wouldn’t have gone.

Elevator shot:


Finally after about 1 hour 20 minutes we got to the top. The views were great.


We couldn’t get over how flat Chicago is. It sure has made my runs a lot easier this week.


Oh, damn he glows! ;)


Photographer fail. ;)

Glass floor:




Eric said he wanted to get a deep dish pizza while we were here so we headed to Pizza Unos. The wait was about 1-1.5 hours, so we decided to go back during the week when it would be less busy. We decided on California Pizza Kitchen for our immediate pizza fix.

I asked the server if it was possible to have a fully vegan pizza and he said no because the crust had egg in it. Then he said he would ask the chef and the chef came up with a solution for a vegan pizza!

Apparently their thin crust doesn’t have egg, but their regular crust does, so thin crust it was. I wanted thin crust anyways!


I asked them to pile on the veggies and use extra sauce. I was so impressed. I ate approximately 89.5% of the pizza. ;) I also had a beer that I drank much too fast and concluded I was dehydrated!

Eric got his love- the BBQ chicken:


Happy customers.

After dinner, we walked over to Navy Pier for the evening architecture cruise.

It was so gorgeous at night and so relaxing!


We both got a beer. :)


Fun pictures ensued. It was also fun learning about the history of all the buildings and the city itself.

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We figure we walked a good 8-10 miles yesterday alone. We finally got home around 11:45pm and crashed on the bed. :) We are about to head out for another fun day. I will most likely post tonight, so I will see you then! Have a great start to your week.

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tanyas daily August 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

you got to see a lot in one day!


[email protected] August 16, 2010 at 9:53 am

Good call on taking the architecture cruise at night…gorgeous! :) Can I please move to Chicago?


Jessica @ How Sweet August 16, 2010 at 9:59 am

I am so afraid of heights so looking at those pictures gives me butterflies!


Heather (Heather's Dish) August 16, 2010 at 10:00 am

y’alls photos are gorgeous! that glass-bottomed elevator would FREAK me out!


Christina August 16, 2010 at 10:02 am

I’m sure I’ve already commented about how much I love Chicago, but it’s really one of my fave cities so I’m loving all the photos. I need to take a boat cruise next time I’m there. Have fun!


Kim August 16, 2010 at 10:03 am

The more I see of Chicago the more I really want to go there! Fantastic pictures!

Also, that Asian salad from your first lunch? Yum!!


Hayley August 16, 2010 at 10:06 am

That pizza looks fantastic! I <3 California Pizza Kitchen:) Looks like you're having a blast, enjoy the rest of your vacation!


Meredith August 16, 2010 at 10:09 am

I’m loving these Chicago posts! I spent a week in chicago last summer for a conference. It’s such a beautiful city!


Diana August 16, 2010 at 10:10 am

So glad I got to run into you one last time at Corner Bakery! Looks like you guys had fun the rest of the day! :)


Lindsay August 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

Oh dear me, if Eric wanted real Chicago deep dish, you should have gone to Gino’s East…amazing!!!!! Just amazing! Looks like you guys are having a blast, though!


amie August 16, 2010 at 10:12 am

eric’s pizza looks amazing!! yummm. i love the view from the skydeck, my favorite part of any big city is finding the highest point to see the view, when you’re in Paris you HAVE to go up Notre Dame, it has the most incredible view of the city including the Eiffel tower! the wait (and 10 euros) is totally worth it!

i have a question for you about beer. i know a lot of vegans dont drink beer because of the yeast and because it’s often filtered through animal byproducts or have honey in it. do you look for vegan beers on the menus? or know of specific vegan beers? i’d love to know what you think of this and if you have any reviews for good vegan drinks!


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 16, 2010 at 10:12 am

Gorgeous pictures Angela!

What did your man do while you were at the HLS?


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 16, 2010 at 10:13 am

Looks so fun! I had no idea Chicago had a “beach.” Go figure.


Molly August 16, 2010 at 10:14 am

Next time I go to a pizzaria I will remember to ask for a vegan crust! Do you have any at-home vegan pizza recipes? I am not a vegan but mostly vegetarian for ethical reasons. I love cooking vegan food though!


amie August 16, 2010 at 10:15 am

i just did some googling about the beer question and found this great website!
it has a massive list of breweries and lists them as vegan or otherwise and why. AND it also tells you of any green practices of the breweries, like sending used grain to farmers to use as feed. very cool!


Camille August 16, 2010 at 10:19 am

What an all-around fantastic day! That glass floor is freaking me out!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

Chicago’s scenery looks so gorgeous! I’d like to go there just to look at buildings and eat hahahha! Eric’s pizza is giving me some massive pizza cravings right now. Yummm! :)


Callie August 16, 2010 at 10:21 am

Sounds like so much fun! :)
I’m afraid of heights. That glass floor would freak me out.


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies August 16, 2010 at 10:23 am

Ahhh – I give you sooo much props for standing on the glass floor…I would have been smiling (in photos) but freaking out and hyperventilating otherwise. Gorgeous views though! Those pizzas look incredible! I’m a thin crust girl (and I must admit a BBQ chicken pizza fiend).


Wei-Wei August 16, 2010 at 10:27 am

Was your architecture tour the same one as Caitlin’s? You sure saw a lot in one day ;) Efficient tourism is key! Any tips? :D Just in time for your Paris trip, too!



Sabina August 16, 2010 at 10:28 am

Hi Angela!

What a busy day! You and Eric take the same approach as my husband and I with exploring cities: just go! Don’t make plans! See where your feet and transit take you. :-)

It’s so awesome to read that restaurants accommodate your dietary needs and that their accommodation works out well!

Definitely try to recreate that salad. Make sure you use green or brown lentils (red lentils lose their shape really quickly during the cooking process and are better suited for soups, daal, and stews). Fresh salads are super easy to make and the possibilities are endless (I made a black bean, wheatberry, yellow summer squash, fresh cilantro, cherry tomato, red pepper salad with lemon zest, lemon juice, avocado oil, agave nectar and ancho chili powder dressing last night).


Gail August 16, 2010 at 10:29 am

Again, I’m missing Chicago. My sister used to live there and I’d go visit her. It’s such a great city, so much to see and do and eat! I was in Chicago one year during that Air Show, and my sister took me to the restaurant at the top of the John Hancock building and we got to eat and watch the show from up there – it was amazing! There’s so many great bakeries and eateries there, I’m jealous! There’s also so many museums to see – the Art Museum, the Science Museum (although there’s some exhibits there that made me a little queesy that had to do with human cadavers – yuck!). Have fun!


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 16, 2010 at 10:32 am

Beautiful shots! I swear, Chicago needs to start paying HLS bloggers for marketing their city so well – I would head there in a heartbeat just based on the lovely photos you take!

Glad you are having fun and can’t wait to see more!


Shanna, Like Banana August 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

Well done Angela — you caputred some of the best parts of Chicago :)

Please make sure Eric gets his deep dish — it’s a quintessential part of the Chicago experience! Take him to Giordano’s :)


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 16, 2010 at 10:36 am

Ahh, last time I was in Chicago, we had drinks at the bar at the top of the John Hancock building– such a great view!!! I love Chicago in the summertime :-)


lindsay August 16, 2010 at 10:40 am

I love CHicago. SO funt o explore! That glass floor freaks me out though. Your brave! Enjoy the rest of your time with the hubs.


Shannon August 16, 2010 at 10:51 am

I want to go to Chicago so badly!! It looks amazing!!!


kelly August 16, 2010 at 10:57 am

Yay! I’m loving the Chicago recaps :) I’m glad you got to see the Air & Water show! That was a staple event that we attended every summer growing up. Oh and that really lonnng building that you posted is where I used to go to art school! :)

I’d suggest Lou Malnatis for Deep Dish over Unos :)


holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 16, 2010 at 11:03 am

That glass floor is terrifying! I couodn’t do that. No way!

Your pizzas looked fabulous. I love veggie thin crust, but who could say no to bbq chicken?

What a fun little vacation! :)


faith @ gracefulfitness August 16, 2010 at 11:11 am

I did the same thing with a beer yesterday. I had just finished a run on the beach and guzzled half a beer before realizing I really needed water (I don’t normally follow a run quite so closely by beer but at the beach it just seemed so right!).
That lentil tabouli sounds awesome, I’m going to try that as well. I really like lemon in grain/legume salads but usually forget to add it.


Kayla August 16, 2010 at 11:11 am

Fabulous photos! You make me want to visit Chicago so bad! It looks absolutely beautiful there!

Argo Cafe looks awesome! I wish they had one here in Florida!


Lauren @ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful August 16, 2010 at 11:14 am

Your pizza looks awesome! I love pizzas piled with veggies! My boyfriends favorite pizza is BBQ too! How funny. Looks like an amazing day. I’ve been wanting to go to Chicago for a while and your post made me want to go even more!


Ashley August 16, 2010 at 11:14 am

Wow!! I have always wanted to do the boat tour and never knew they ran it at night. Looks amazing! I’m so glad you guys are having fun :)


Kristina August 16, 2010 at 11:15 am

Oh…..homesick over here ;)

If Eric wants the best pizza in town I recommen Lou Malnatis. Its super crazy good. I have even had it shipped out to Las Vegas it is THAT GOOD.

Enjoy that beautiful city!


Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete August 16, 2010 at 11:15 am

I always forget to ask if the chef can do something for me that is gluten free if it isn’t on the menu! Thank you for reminding me of that!

I try to order as vegan as I possibly can when I eat out, but it is often impossible since so many things have gluten in it except for meat or an iceberg lettuce salad with a tomato on top! I will definitely see if places can whip stuff up in the back for me.

P.S. Your outfit is so cute!!


Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) August 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

I love all of your pictures. I miss Chicago. I’ve only been once and it wasn’t long enough. I need to go back. Especially to try some of the places you’ve posted about. That sangria tea is intriguing!


Tracey August 16, 2010 at 11:49 am

The architecture tour is fantastic and a great way to learn about the city. Your night pictures are amazing. If you don’t mind sharing, what lense and what settings did you use to take those photos?

If you are ever back in the city you should check out the Hancock observatory. I think it has better views than the Sears tower and if I remember correctly the lines are shorter.


Tina August 16, 2010 at 11:57 am

I’m falling so in love with Chicago just through the pictures and all the recaps. The river, the architecture, the food, EVERYTHING! Must. Go!


Kristina August 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm

thanks for sharing the AG coupon… I just bought 3 each of my two favorite products – the new vanilla chai and the lemon lime… that lemon lime is DAAAANG good!!) and I saved $50 !! WOOT.

I could NOT stand on that glass floor. *GULP*.


Elli @ 16 and Losing It August 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Looks like you are having an awesome time! SO many beautiful pictures! That sky deck would freak me out. Glass floors! I know that its safe and everything but I just don’t know if I could do it!


Caitlin August 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Welcome to my city!! I’m not sure how long you’re here, but you should try to make it up to Victory’s Banner in Roscoe Village. They have amazing vegetarian and vegan breakfast and lunch. It’s easy to get there on the brown line train and they have a website (I’d check it because hours are odd sometimes). It is easily my FAVORITE place to get brunch in the city. You’d also get to see the neighborhood side of chicago – which, in my opinion, is so much more fun than the mag mile!!


[email protected] August 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Man, Chicago is such a great city!! It’s wonderful that you and Eric are able to spend a few extra days there. I love exploring new cities the same way- by foot, with no definite plans :-)


sarah August 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Gorgeous pictures of Chicago! The night pictures are amazing. How did you get them to turnout so well? Have fun doing more exploring!!


Amanda @ Cakes and Ale August 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I’m so glad to see you are loving Chicago! I’ve lived here most of my life, and truly, it is such a beautiful place with so much to do, see, and EAT!
If you have a chance, try to explore some of the neighborhoods north of the city… you’ll see so much more unique stuff if you venture out of the loop / Michigan Ave. area! Head to Lincoln Park or Wicker Park or Bucktown… you’ll love all the little shops / restaurants / etc.
Email me if you want some specific recommendations!


[email protected]'s Going The Distance August 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Sangria tea sounds like something I must try SOON!! :) And as usual, you look great in all the pix xx


Bekah @ runtrackmind August 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Such a beautiful display of picutres of your Chicago travels. I do not think that I could have done the Skydeck (scaredy cat that I am) but next time I get to Chicago I want to do that evening architecture cruise.


Alexa @ Sohdalex August 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm

That photo of the ferris wheel is my favorite!!! I love it ;) I can’t want to have the chance to explore this city one day!


Lisa August 16, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Great pictures of Chicago. I went on a boat tour up the river and it was a fantastic time!


Kris August 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever walked as much as I did in Chicago (okay, maybe Paris, London, or DC). As a former Midwesterner (grew in Mpls.), I wasn’t prepared to be impressed when we went to Chicago three years ago. I LOVED it. So beautiful, walkable, and the nicest people! The pizza is to die for. I hope you and Eric enjoy your stay there!


Sarah August 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Your posts about Chicago are inspiring me to start saving up so my husband and I can go again soon! Love it there so much. The food photos you took look great!


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 16, 2010 at 1:41 pm

It was so amazing to meet you this weekend!! I loved getting to know you better on the run Friday morning. Thin crust pizza always beats thick, in my book :) Hope you have a great start to your week!


Tracey August 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Chicago is beautiful…I love that city. Glad you’re having fun!


April @ Crazy Fabulous Life August 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Sounds like a good time! I love wandering around on foot myself :) It lets you see things better than driving around, plus it’s great exercise. Glad you two are having fun!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Love that you had lunch #1 and lunch #2. It reminds me of the hobbits in Lord of the Rings. Breakfast, 2nd breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, supper… Sometimes I feel like I eat that frequently too! :P


Stefanie August 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Your pictures are making me miss Chicago. One day I will go back and visit. I’m glad you’re having a great time. :)


Hillary August 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I am sooo glad you are hving a great time in Chi-town. I live in the burbs of Chicago. I was at the air and water show this weekend too!!! It was sooo crowded.
You have to go to the Art Institute of Chicago!! It is amazing! I have been there over 10 times and i love it everytime!


brianne August 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Thanks for the coupon code! I have been wanting to try amazinggrass stuff for a while and the 25% off gave me the perfect excuse to buy it ;)


Sabine @ thefruitpersuit August 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

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how cool is that?! I say you need to have one haha, they’re so cute. Kind of makes me think I should convert to vegetarianism/veganism as well ;).

(oh ps just to make clear: I have no connection to that website whatsoever, I was just googling images for my own bloggy!)

love, sabine


Sabine @ thefruitpersuit August 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm

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Summer @ Simple Healthy Real August 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Thanks for the coupon code. My favorites are the chocolate amazing grass and amazing meal too. I actually use them in a lot of things like oatmeal, pancakes and muffins. The chocolate flavor is awesome and works in a lot of recipes.


Anne August 16, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I know this comment is a bit out of place, but I just noticed your TJ’s sunflower seed butter.

I don’t think there are any TJ’s in Canada yet, but I know that at least some of their nut butters are produced in Canada, and are the same as those available at Bulk Barn. If you love this sunflower seed butter so much, it may be worth a try to see if it is indeed the same.

I, personally, love Bulk Barn’s sunflower seed butter. They also have my favourite peanut butter there (organic natural, with sea salt), which happens to be the same as TJ’s organic natural.

Have fun during your remaining stay in the windy city!


lindsay (goodiesgalore) August 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

My hands went numb looking at that glass heights shot. So scary. I would kill for another one of those ice tea sangrias. Awesome to meet you this weekend. You’re just as sweet as we imagined.


Megan (Braise The Roof) August 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm

So great meeting you (albeit briefly) at Karyn’s! If you’re going to go for deep dish, I recommend Giordano’s over Pizzeria Uno- it’s the best! Have fun exploring our city! :)


Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Omg omg omg!! My mom and I were just talking about that glass box the other day!! I would FREAK out..the only way I think I could handle it would be to lay down with half my body in the box and half in the building. Dang girl, you’re brave!!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Oh my – what a wonderful adventure you have had today! Mr BBB and I are heading on a quick holiday this weekend and I cant wait! I love exploring new towns / cities!


Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul August 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Sangria tea?!?! Sounds amazing! I love your photos by the way. Did you use a tripod?


chelsey August 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Yay for living it up in Chicago!!! I love CPK!!!


[email protected]:// August 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I want to recreate the lentil salad also, sounds good.


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 16, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Omigosh, I never realized how gorgeous of a city Chicago was until now. It’s so cool. The architecture is very modern!


Holly August 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I hope you recreate the lentil salad as well!!! I wish we had a place like that…..all the yummy food where I live!!!


Christena August 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Your pictures are FANTASTIC, especially the night shots. Looks like you guys are having fun!


Jessica (Fit and Clean) August 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm

oooh, those glass floors high up give me vertigo, LOL! Just looking at the pick! :) I would LOVE to try some of your bars, and give some away on my blog for others to try. They look delicious! It looks like Chicago was a lot of fun. The architecture is astounding!


LisaG August 16, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Love the beautiful pictures! Glad you got to hang out w/ my friend Gina.


Kristen August 16, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Thank you for sharing your tour of Chicago! It looks amazing! I am running the Chicago Marathon in October and we are going to spend the 2 days before touring the city, so it is nice getting some ideas of what we should do, and restaurants we should eat at! (I am forcing my hubby + non-veg friends to a vegetarian restaurant!) Can’t wait to see more pics of your travels!


Melissa August 16, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Apparently it was Vince! :)


Joanna @ August 16, 2010 at 11:02 pm

That glass thing looks way too scary for me. No thank you! And I really want a corner bakery and coffee shop. Especially one that serves salad like the one in your pic!


amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler August 17, 2010 at 12:42 am

I saw shots of the architecture cruise during the day via Healthy Tipping Point, and your evening pictures are beautiful! I’m not sure which I like better!

That sangria tea looks delicious.


Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes August 17, 2010 at 9:03 am

Hey Angela! Isn’t Chicago fabulous? Random question – I heart your uber cute black top? Where did you get it? I need to go shopping. : )


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