Chicago Crime Tour

Looking for something to do to get out in Chicago, or find something for your holiday guests?   I recently took the opportunity to be a tourist in my own city and went on something that I’ve long wanted to do… a Chicago Crime Tour!  IMG_4308

Mike got this tour for me for my birthday a few weeks ago, and selected that we go with Chicago Crime Tours. While I’d originally wanted to see the “Gangster Tours” black school bus I’ve seen driving around the city, this tour company turned out to be super nice and have much more comfortable seating!   We went on a Saturday morning and the tour left near Water Tower Place off of Michigan Avenue.

The first area we headed toward was Lincoln Park (who knew – a mobster hotbed!) and saw the spot where John Dillinger was shot.  One of the other reasons we picked this particular crime tour is because it’s one of the only ones that has you get off the bus to see some of the spots.  So we go outside of the Biograph Theater to hear about how John Dillinger was captured and shot, and see the Pizano’s next to it.

As we got back on the bus, we observe a man attempt to recreate the scene, complete with squirting a red liquid onto the ground in the alley.


Sketch-looking Dillinger recreation

We drove around other spots and learned of other places well known for various crimes. Like the Walgreens at North & Wells (by Fleet Feet Pipers Alley), which was the point of sale for the first of the Chicago Tylenol murders.


Mike looking like a modern hipster criminal



We had a lot of fun, and I’d definitely recommend this to anyone else looking to learn about the “underbelly” side of Chicago History!


What’s the most fun touristy thing you’ve done in your own city? 

Take Time Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!  I’m feeling awesome, partly because I just finished up my first real swim workout since Ironman.  I’ve splashed around a bit, but this was the first time actually swimming.  Go team Well-fit with their 5:45 AM swims!

swim!That wasn’t quite a frostly swim day (the photo is from Louisville), but it was good to feel what it’s like to swim again.  I’d like to take time to appreciate my workout buddies, as I’ve really been depending on them to help keep me going on getting back into a triathlon training routine.  It’s good, since I’m trying to decide on whether I could be ready for a 70.3 in March (in Puerto Rico).  I pretty much have to dedicate myself now to the training, but would love to get a head start on my missed 70.3 time goal from last year!

The other group is my Chicago Tri Club friends, where there’s a Sunday “Muffin Run” group that gets me up for a run on a Sunday morning!  You run and then brunch, and even if I don’t go run with them, I know if I’m going to see someone later, I better have run or worked out before I see them on a Sunday.

Muffin Run


Linking up with Katie and Becky as getting in my workouts with friends is an important part of taking care of myself and treating myself well!




Happy Sunday!  It’s been a little while (life gets busy you know!) but I’m happy to report that I’m back at the triathlon swing of things!  I’ve got the Schaumburg Half Marathon coming up this Friday (we’ll see how that goes), and I’m trying to decide if I can get back into Half Ironman shape for a March HIM… in Puerto Rico!  Thoughts?! Or anyone want to volunteer to do a relay with me?back from hiatus


Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  1. Pound (my initials with my maiden name were LB)
  2. Laure-ano
  3. Mr Burns (from the Simpsons)
  4. Christina

Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Lifeguard
  2. Babysitter/ dog sitter
  3. Barista
  4. Project Manager

Four movies you’ve watched more than once:

  1. Pearl Harbor
  2. Ten Things I Hate About You
  3. Lion King
  4. Billy Madison

Four books I’d recommend:

  1. The Hunger Games Trilogy
  2. A Life Without Limits: A World Champion’s Journey (Chrissie Wellington’s autobiography)
  3. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia – I know, a bit cheesy, but I love it! 
  4. It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways

Four places I’ve lived

  1. Silver Spring, MD
  2. Santiago, Chile
  3. Madison, WI
  4. Chicago, IL

Four Places you have visited:

  1. Dominican Republic
  2. Greece
  3. Vietnam
  4. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. On a beach
  2. Curled up on the couch, under a blanket
  3. By an outdoor pool
  4. San Francisco

Four things I don’t eat:

  1. IPAs
  2. artificial grape things (taste too much like grape medicine)
  3. mmm… not sure what else.  I eat pretty much everything.

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Eggs – most ways!
  2. Pizza
  3. Brussels Sprouts
  4. Swedish Fish

Four TV shows I watch:

  1. Chicago Fire
  2. Law & Order SVU
  3. Modern Family
  4. The Walking Dead

Four things I’m looking forward to this year/ next year:

  1. Moving to a new home and getting settled in (!)
  2. Hitting a big PR goal I’ve had (half marathon or HIM)
  3. Another fun summer of #IMWI training
  4. Baking something fun for the holidays

Four things I’m always saying:

  1. Understandable
  2. I should go run
  3. It’s cold outside
  4. Can I go to bed now?

Four people I tag to answer these questions:

  1. Katie
  2. Emily
  3. Tiina
  4. Amanda

Pick a question from above and give your 4 answers!