200 Things To Do In Illinois – Chocolate Cake Shake

Illinois celebrated its bicentennial as a state in December of 2018.  To celebrate, the Chicago Tribune published the Bicentennial Bucket List: 200 Things To Do In Illinois, celebrating the best the state has to offer in history, food, architecture, culture, sports, nature, drink, and oddities.  With the state still shut down due to the corona virus outbreak, I figured this was the second-best time to look through this collection and cover the ones I’ve done/eaten/seen.

We continue things this week with one of the entries from the Drink category: Chocolate Cake Shake, from Villa Park, IL.

Portillo’s chocolate cake is legendary, and it’s a treat made all the more lip-smacking when jacked up with ice cream and given a run in the blender.  Indulge at the Portillo’s in the western suburb where the hot dog empire was born in the early ’60s.

Truth be told, I don’t know if I’ve ever had a chocolate cake shake.  I’ve certainly purchased my fair share, though, as it’s a favorite for both Danny and Michael.

A Week Of Training

Exactly one week ago today, I signed up for the inaugural Big Ten Network Big 10K, or at least the 5K portion of it.  In preparation, I’ve done the following training over the past week:


Dinner at Buca di Beppo with the work crew, including the slightly decadent dessert pictured to the left.


Lunch at Superdawg with ANI, then dinner and drinks at Pizano’s pizza followed by the Fiona Apple concert.


Full slab of ribs from Portillo’s for lunch.


Lunch and drinks at the Yardhouse, followed by a night of pizza and beer at Rocky Vanders.


BBQ pulled pork sandwich for lunch at Smokin’ Ts.


Dinner with the visiting ANI folks at Fogo de Chao.