Just returned from an incredible long weekend in the Windy City where I was able to meet up with one of my dearest friends, Jodi, for a girl’s weekend and the chance to explore a new city.
We spent Friday eating Giordano’s deep dish pizza where we met a lovely man named Pops who gave us a free postcards. We saw Wrigley field and checked out the surrounding Wrigleyville with a stop at Corridor Brewing and then stumbled across Sprinkles cupcakes which may have the best cupcakes I have ever eaten in my life. Not an understatement as I have had my fair share of cupcakes. On Saturday we went to all the big parks-Lincoln Park and the zoo, meandered along the 606 (a park similar to NYC’s High Line), Millennium Park and The Bean, and rode bikes through Grant Park to Buckingham Fountain and along Lakefront trail. We kicked off our food for the day with Glazed and Infused donuts (their maple bacon bar and pumpkin spice bar were super delicious) and stopped mid-afternoon for a sampling of Stan’s Donuts (toffee cake-yes!). Two donut shops in one day! Don’t judge. We ended the evening walking along the Riverwalk, having drinks on top of the J.Parker, and capping off the night at the Drifter, an actual speakeasy from prohibition days complete with circus like shows and drink menus printed on tarot cards. Sunday we were expecting rain, but it held off and, despite it being cloudy, turned into a nice day. Her grabbed coffee from Hero Coffee and checked out some street art in the neighborhood. We then went to the Water Tower, saw the breathtaking Tiffany Dome in the Chicago Cultural Center, and spent the afternoon lost in the paintings, sculptures, and prints of the Art Institute. We braved the Willis Tower sky deck which is definitely unnerving and then got ready for a night on the town! Not to be too fancy, we scarfed down Chicago dogs from Downtown Dogs with all the works and then headed off to the John Hancock Center to enjoy their sky deck with incredible views of the city at night and the Signature Room (the bathroom alone has an incredible view, seriously). Our last day we ventured to the surrounding neighborhoods of Pilsen and Bridgeport near our Airbnb. I said a sad good-bye to Jodi who’s flight left earlier than mine and then I ventured off to the French Market for a little one on one time with Chicago before I had to leave. I sampled a few pastries and enjoyed the sights as I made my way from the market to the airport. To me the sign of a good trip is when it pains you for it to end, which pleasantly happens to me often, and this was no exception. I loved Chicago! It’s an amazing city with so much to offer. Hope to see you again soon Chi-town!