Thursday, October 27, 2016

Travel Recap: Chicago

If you haven't been to Chicago, drop what you are doing and book a flight. Since I had stopped blogging for such a long period of time, I had posts that I wanted to share but just held on to. As part of another #throwbackthursday edition, I want to recap my travels to Chicago! It was a long weekend trip and we packed as much as we could into one weekend! 
-Where We Stayed-
Justin and I use Marriott Rewards and because at times Justin has to travel for work, we had an abundance of points. We stayed at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Chicago Downtown/River North. It was in a central location and close to their metro system so that we could get from place to place fairly quickly. 

-Where We Ate-
- The Publican - Great brunch spot. Fulton Market District. Unique menu items and awesome atmosphere.

- Summer House Santa Monica - There are two locations. Chicago & Bethesda, which happens to be very close to where I grew up! We had a really awesome experience here and our waiter happened to have grown up in the same town as Justin. She gave us a $50 gift card to the Bethesda location after we finished our meal and sent us on our way. We could not believe her generosity! I can say both locations are awesome!

Summer House Santa Monica via

- Glazed & Infused - Donuts & Coffee. Multiple locations and so delish!

-Green Street Smoked Meats - AMAZING. Just go here. Don't ask questions. It's tucked away in an alley. The atmosphere is so different. It's grungy and unique and the BBQ is to die for.

- Big Star - Tacos in Wicker Park. It's the "in" part of town. Awesome little shops and a really fun restaurant! The tacos were great and the margaritas weren't too shabby either. 

- Homeslice - It's in Lincoln Park and right near DePaul University to you get this cool little college town feel. The pizza was really good! It's a rustic little place. 

- Fish Bar - Cute little place. We did drinks and apps here. Definitely recommend!

- Sprinkles - Cupcake ATM. Need I say more?!

- What We Did -
 (this is not a political statement

-iO Improv - I am more of a short sketch improv person and the show we saw was long sketch. We still laughed but it wasn't so much my "thing." It was a very nice theater and in a nice spot of town. 

- Chicago Wall - I'm not telling you where this is. You have to search the entire city to find this mural just as I did. I kid, I kid.. find it here: 2226 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647. There isn't anything else to see near the mural. Just the mural.. and maybe a couple homeless dudes hanging out too. 

- Magnificent Mile - The actual main drag of Magnificent Mile was not my favorite, it's the little side streets that I really loved! 

- Viagra Triangle - After walking the Magnificent Mile we ended up here. There was an Urban Outfitters right off the triangle and Justin and I were feeling a little weird. Clearly (see below). There are some really great restaurants off the triangle (Tavern on Rush, Hugo's Frog Bar).

- Architecture Cruise - This was very informational and historical + who doesn't love a nice little boat ride?!

- Navy Pier - We went here right before our boat tour. It's a must see place but mostly just touristy stuff and a lot of chain restaurants (our ultimate no-no while traveling!). The views are gorgeous!

- Buckingham Fountain - It's a massive fountain and if you happen to go in the summer, it can be refreshing to have some water splashed on you if the breeze catches the right way.

- Millennium Park - Right off Buckingham Fountain is a beautiful large park with some cool architecture and there is always something going on. It's nice to walk around or even sit and people watch here for a while.

- Cloud Gate (THE BEAN) - I don't think I need to say much of anything here. Try going in the early morning or at night when there aren't a ton of people there!

- Willis Tower or Hancock Tower - We chose the Hancock Tower for the shorter lines. We were up there within about 10 minutes and saw the views in about 10 minutes too! 

(not taken from the Willis tower)

- Goose Island Tour - Probably the best thing we did the entire trip. The tour was so much fun and the beer was so amazing. I had a coffee beer that was unlike any other beer I have tasted. It was light and refreshing but had the aroma and taste of coffee. The tour guide was awesome and we ended up learning a lot too!

Ending the post with a goofy selfie from our tour with the safety glasses. Chicago was an awesome city. Please let me know what we missed for our next visit!

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