We’re less than a week back from our trip to Chicago and look forward to reminiscing for purposes of writing this blog! Chicago is one of those cities you can visit time and time again and do something different each visit. We had both been, but not collectively as 2 Girls Who Travel … and with the help of Choose Chicago, this was an awesome and busy trip.
Let’s recap, shall we?
We opted to stay at Loew’s Chicago, the decked out hotel downtown – and close to Millennium Park and other attractions. Remember, we’re Uber/Lyft and walking queens! *Renting cars is overrated and so 2014 (lol).
We spent four days in Chi-Town. The cooler weather was a welcome break from hot and humid Houston. We actually got to dig the coats, scarves and sweaters out of our closets and use them! Here’s the highlights from our trip …
Cold weather 🙂
Now you know we wouldn’t disappoint you. We had everything from Chicago staples like deep-dish pizza (shout out to our Lyft driver Don for suggesting we go to Giordano’s) to some gems we discovered on our own via internet research.
Of course our first meal was deep dish pizza! (from Giordano’s)
Couldn’t forget the Garrett’s Popcorn!
Seven Lions – this restaurant was located directly across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago. The brunch was so good we came back our last day for lunch!
You know it’s a good day when you’re forced to order a cinnamon roll with cream cheese frosting only because they’re sold out of nutella donut holes. Rough life, huh?
What’s brunch without mimosas?
Kim loved the burger from Seven Lions
Val thought the chicken sandwich from Seven Lions was superb!
Thin crust pizza from Pizano’s – it was voted the #1 thin crust pizza by The Oprah Show. We don’t know about all of that, but it was pretty good!
Don’t know where to eat, people? Pull out your computers! That’s how we found this gem, Luke’s Lobster.
Order the lobster roll – thank us later!
This is apparently the place to go if you want fried chicken in Chicago. People from the South have high standards for anything fried. The chicken was okay, but not better than Frenchy’s (Houston plug).
Can’t come to Chicago without getting a Chicago-style hot dog … this one came from the airport. It was tasty!
Our Chicago City Pass gave us the opportunity to visit some pretty cool museums. The Field Museum in particular had some interesting exhibits. You’ll see. The DuSable Museum was full of Chicago’s African American history and our tour guide was so thorough. Our favorite though had to be the Art Institute of Chicago. Expect to spend at least a couple of hours there.
The Art Institute of Chicago
The following is art from the Art Institute of Chicago
The Field Museum
The following is from the Field Museum
There were dinosaurs
Preserved insects …
and bats (yikes)
We also learned about the history of tattoos! (This was a very interesting exhibit)
The DuSable Museum is the oldest African American museum in the U.S.
The following is from the DuSable Museum
DuSable Museum founder
Entertainment & Other Attractions
Despite some clouds trying to hate on us, we were able to experience some of the coolest parts of the city, from 360 views of the city 1,000 feet above Lake Michigan to a peek at President Obama’s family home in Hyde Park.
We shared the aquarium with a bunch of kids who were on Spring Break!
Northern Bahamian Rock Iguana
We were able to snag tickets to the last showing of Alvin Ailey’s performance in Chicago.
Inside the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University – beautiful!
All smiles after the show. It was amazing!
How much of the Chicago bucket list do you think we completed?
You can’t tell here (thanks to the clouds), but we’re at the Skydeck Chicago (the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower)
We had better luck here at 360 Chicago (a day later). It started out cloudy, but our patience paid off and we were able to get this beautiful shot of the city. A few clouds made a guest appearance.
We had to come see The Bean in Millennium Park.
This, friends, is President Obama’s family home in Hyde Park. Surrounded by trees, a gate and 24/7 Secret Service, we were able to snag a picture. Trust us, it’s a beauty!