Chicago has been on the top of my travel list for a while. It was bittersweet when a friend who’s close to me moved there. It was definitely time for a visit! By the way, I’m a little late with this post as I went there a few months ago (November), but the trip was too good not to share!
We were there for 5 days so we got to experience a good amount of Chicago. The best part is that we got to stay with my good friend, Laura, who not only knows the city, but also makes the best travel partner! She was so welcoming! When we arrived in Chicago on Thursday, we unpacked at Laura’s beautiful and cozy apartment. As a Floridian, I got a little too excited to see a fireplace in a home! 😛 We were all hungry after flying so we dined and for dessert we went to Mindy’s Hot Chocolate restaurant and dessert bar. It completely satisfied any chocolate craving we had! Also the hot chocolate drink kept us warm in the cold Chicago weather so it can’t get any better than that. Laura lives walking distance from Lake Michigan so we went there afterwards. You can say it was the perfect start to the trip because I saw two shootings stars! It’s not as common to see that here in Florida since I feel like the sky is never dark enough where I live. However, there was barely any light near Lake Michigan so even though everything was pitch-black, the sky was beautiful!!
Lincoln Park and Lincoln Zoo was also really close to where we were staying so we walked over the next morning and spent a good time exploring. After that we went to the RH. This place is a MUST if you are going to visit Chicago. If you appreciate the finer things in life along with some nice interior decor, this place is for you. They have a restaurant in the first floor decorated beautifully! So Instagram-worthy! The floors above consist of gallery spaces with models of bedrooms and other types of room with the most exquisite decor. It is serious eye-candy. At the very top is the rooftop area with a good view of the architecture in Chicago. Later in the afternoon we went to Millennium Park where Cloud Gate (aka Big Bean) is located. This was a fun art piece since you can see your reflection on it and take silly pictures. Cloud Gate is very touristy so if you decide to check it out try to go early in the morning or not the peak hours of the day.
The day before we left, we took an Uber to Wrigleyville where the famous Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs) is located. The field was under construction because just few prior our trip, the Cubs won a game in their home field so the whole town was there to watch and as you can imagine, things got crazy (in a good way of course). Go Cubs!! As this was our last day before leaving, we were feeling adventurous. While walking past the Wrigleyville firehouse, the friendly firefighters waved hello at us. My brother-in-law (being the social butterfly that he is) popped in and started a conversation with them. They were so nice and let us try on their hats and uniforms! That was so unexpected, but made for some awesome memories. The youngest firefighter even demonstrated a drill for us! I will definitely not be forgetting these Chicago experiences.
Throughout the weekend, we filled our time with more amazing adventures. I listed more of our activities below along with some tips. It was so amazing to visit this city. I feel like when you go to a different city, you get to experience a new culture and their norms. There is so much to see and learn from different cities and that’s why I am all about traveling!
EXPERIENCE: I was excited to see the Buckingham Fountain; ironically though, there was no water. Not sure if the weather had anything to do with it but from pictures I’ve seen online, this fountain is very Instagramable! I just hope you have better luck than I did. We also went to the giant ferris wheel in Navy Pier. There’s some great views of Chicago from up top. If you’re up for some reading, Myopic Bookstore or Volumes Boofcafe are really nice to satisfy your intellectual cravings.
RESTAURANTS: RPM was absolutely delicious. I have no shame in saying that I had dessert as well. My server recommended the rice pudding and I’m glad I followed his advice. So good! If you’re familiar with Giuliana and Bill on TV, you might know that this is their restaurant. We also went to Big Star Tacos in a very hip area of Chicago. I loved that they have flexible options for vegetarians and people with allergies. Another memorable restaurant was Chicago Pizza Oven & Grinder. Chicago is known for their deep dish pizza and even though this place serves pizza pot pies, I’d imagine it’s just as good as the former. Surprisingly enough, the host has a rare skill in memorizing faces without taking names down. Apparently he has a photographic memory. Who am I to argue? He definitely knew what he was doing!
DESSERT: I’ve got to taste a lot of desserts throughout the trip. We went to Cindy’s mainly to get a good view from the rooftop but the desserts looked so tempting! It did not disappoint. Another amazing spot is the Signature Room on the 95th floor. As you can imagine, it’s very high up so the view is breathtaking. Don’t forget to check the ladies room. Trust me, you’ll want to take some selfies.
SHOPPING: Michigan Avenue was very busy but if you have time, this is a great place to shop. There are a bunch of different stores so lots of options for you!
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve been to Chicago before! I want to hear about your experiences:)