Chicago, I love you

I spent this weekend admiring Chicago with three girlfriends, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I had so much fun! We jam-packed every activity and restaurant we wanted to see into three short days, but it was worth every second.

After we got to the hotel Friday, we went to The Signature Lounge at the 96th to have a cocktail and take in the incredible views, which are unlike anything I’ve seen before! It was so liberating being up quite so high.

For dinner we wanted something nice and casual. We had heard high praise for Girl & the Goat, but that seemed a bit formal for what we were looking for! We settled for its sister restaurant, Little Goat Diner and were not disappointed. I got the Fat Club, which was a spin on the classic Club sandwich. Not a traditional Chicago spot, but delicious nonetheless.

We went out for drinks after, stopping by Lone Wolf Tavern (fun atmosphere in an old-school space) and Parlor Pizza Bar (complete with outdoor picnic table seating). One thing I can say for the city: locals are friendlier than anywhere else I’ve been! We made a few friends, and got some great local suggestions on where to continue our journey.

Saturday was kicked off with a fabulous brunch at Mad Social, where bottomless mimosas were had as well as a ridiculously good breakfast sandwich with chicken and prosciutto sausage, baby greens, a fried egg, and smoked gouda. The remainder of the day was full of the very necessary “tourist” activities – particularly Willis Tower’s Skydeck, and the Bean in Millennium Park.

It was incredible being up so high, albeit in a glass cage, but there were even more great views to be seen! The Bean is one of those things you can’t fully enjoy until you see it in person. We couldn’t have been more lucky in how great the weather ended up.

On Saturday evening, we had one goal in mind: deep-dish pizza. We headed over to Lou Malnati’s for our first Chicago pizza experience, and it was such a huge hit. After we were sufficiently stuffed, we went on a Fireworks Cruise that gave the most amazing view of the skyline at night, and a gorgeous fireworks show. This was easily one of my favorite parts of the trip! It was well worth it to get to see the city from a unique viewpoint.

Sunday, we headed over to Wrigley Field to a nearby bar to enjoy the game and the atmosphere, which ended up being the perfect relaxing afternoon to end the busy weekend. This weekend completely reinvigorated my need to travel and see more incredible cities! Where is your favorite recent travel destination? Any suggestions?



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