Can you guess where I was in August?
I spent a girls weekend in Chicago with few friends and my sister. It was a great weekend in a city that I love. It also happens to be a city with really good food.
Ansley, me, and Jenna in front of Cloud Gate (aka The Bean).
Chicago is known for their architecture. We took an architectural boat tour and learned all about the city’s fantastic buildings.
Skyline from the north end of downtown. You can see one of the great lakes is right next to the city creating an interesting combination of urban city center and beach.
Allison, me, Ansley, and Jenna in front of the Art Institute. We also spent a morning at the Art Institute of Chicago. They had a great exhibit on impressionism and fashion. It was very interesting and really well done.
Jenna really wanted to see the zoo, so we walked (4 miles from our hotel!) to the zoo one afternoon. It was great (and free!) but most of a lot of the animals were asleep because it was the middle of the afternoon.
We went to the Field Museum (which was a total bust!). We did get a picture with Sue the t-rex though.
Every day, we walked between 4 and 8 miles to get to sites and restaurants. This certainly led us to work up a big appetite and the food did not disappoint! My friend Julie lived in Chicago for grad school and sent us lots of delicious suggestions. Thanks, Julie! I didn’t actually take a lot of pictures of my meals (probably because I was too busy eating them!) but I snapped a few.
The best lemon blueberry ricotta pancakes ever at Bongos.
Garrett’s popcorn – cheese mixed with caramel for the perfect blend of sweet and salty.
Lunch at Sweetwater Tavern – I was introduced to a good local brew and fried cheese curds.
Yummy local brew and the beer opener I charmed off the beer and wine guy at Fox and Obel’s Food Market.
The Bean at night. Beautiful.
Other places we ate included Cafecito (the best Cuban in Chicago), Lou Malnati’s (deep dish pizza with a delicious crust), and Waffles (green tea and red velvet and waffle breakfast sammies – oh my).
I love these girls and I love Chicago. It was a great weekend and I look forward to many more fun and fantastic girls weekends (with great food!) shared with these ladies in the future.