Thanks to a cheap hotel and an $11.20 plane ticket (Skymiles for the win!) I was able to take a spontaneous trip to Chicago over the weekend. Here are some recommendations for what to do and where to eat if you’re in the Windy City for quick trip.
What to do
The Skydeck at Willis Tower– Go here for absolutely incredible views of the city. The glass ledge (and prime photo location) is located 1,353 feet above the ground on the 103rd floor of the tower. We accidentally ended up making it to the top at sunset (which is currently 4:30 pm in Chicago) and it was stunning. I definitely think the long lines and $24 price tag were worth it!
The Bean at Millennium Park– Yay! Free and fun. The Bean is a popular tourist attraction in Chicago. Go early in the morning to avoid large crowds of people. #beantheredonethat
Maggie Daley Park– While you’re near The Bean, hit up Maggie Daley Park across the street. It’s like a giant adult-friendly playground complete with rock climbing and slides! And walk in the “mirror forest;” it’s mesmerizing.
Find a mural– There’s so much great street art in Chicago. This specific mural was basically in the middle of nowhere, so maybe look for a different one closer to downtown! Also don’t go in the dark. I don’t know why we thought that was a good idea; the pictures turned out terrible.
Wrigleyville– Fresh off a World Series win, Wrigleyville was THE place to be last weekend. I can only imagine what it looks like when the Cubs are actually playing.
Navy Pier– I imagine this place is a lot more exciting during the warm season! We really only went for the ferris wheel, which I highly recommend checking out.
Where to eat
Giordano’s– Home of Chicago’s famous stuffed deep dish pizza. Just trust me on this one. Go! It’s incredible.
Yolk– Get brunch here. Do it! My bacon waffle with fried chicken, gravy, and maple syrup was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. I’m so serious about that.
Sushi Burrito– The name really gives this one away. It’s sushi in burrito form. Very messy, very hard to eat, very fun. Would recommend.
Nellcôte– Go here if you’re feeling fancy. I walked in wearing my beat up Converse and looked very out of place. The portion sizes are tiny and the food is pricey, but it’s just so dang good. And everyone in there was very attractive, so it makes for good people watching if that’s your thing. (Please enjoy the following snapchat photos that were discretely taken to document the swankiness of this establishment)
Public House– So this is basically an upscale sports bar and I think it might actually be a chain. I just went for the dessert. It’s a milkshake with cake on top and candy on the glass. A cakeshake. Yes please!
Chicago was a treat. I left feeling fat and happy! The food was great and there was so much to do and see. The only downsides were the massive post-election protests and the weather. Cold and windy. I had to leave my cute hat at the hotel because it blew off my head the second we stepped out the door. But all in all, it was a great trip!
We also randomly stumbled across a church service on Sunday and decided to go. (And by stumbled across, I mean we saw a cute couple walk by with Bibles and followed them for a few blocks until we ended up at church) If you’re in the area, check out Willow Creek Community Church. Everyone was so nice and friendly!