If there's one city that makes my heart flutter, it's Chicago! Last weekend, in honor of Mark and I's three year anniversary, we planned a trip there! Although our time there was limited (only 3 days) it was packed full of satisfying cuisine and exploration of the city's many neighborhoods. If Chi-Town is on your bucket list or you're planning a getaway soon, here are some highlights and recommendations you may need to keep in your back-pocket from our trip.
Chicago Architecture Foundation Tour - As a city known for it's massive skyscrapers and captivating building designs, the CAF Architecture Tour is a must for those who have never been to Chicago (or have been but never taken the official tour). The tour we attended was an information packed 90 minutes that was well worth it and included amazing views of the city and Lake Michigan.
Maude's Liquor Bar - An intimate bar cloaked in rustic modern charm, Maude's Liquor Bar is the perfect option for a date night or some tasty pre-dinner cocktails with friends. If you are a cocktail connoisseur, I highly suggest the "Aviation" which is a blend of Sipsmith Gin, Lemon, Luxardo Maraschino, and Crème di Violette,
Sweet Mandy B's Dessert Boutique - Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Sweet Mandy B's is an amazing dessert boutique. The bake shop offers a rich selection of delectable desserts that are crafted with care by Pastry Chef, Sherrie Tan. If you decide to stop by, (and you definitely should!) the Lemon Cupcakes and Confetti Cookies are to die for!
The John Hancock Observatory - With 360 Degree views at 1000 feet above Lake Michigan, the Hancock building offers the most breathtaking views of the city. You've never seen Chicago until you've seen it from the 94th Floor!
The Bongo Room - If you're looking for a place to grab breakfast or lunch (or alternatively, my favorite meal BRUNCH) The Bongo Room is a fantastic option. With locations in The South Loop and Wicker Park, the restaurant serves feel-good comfort food with options for every type of diet. My pick, the Breakfast Burrito (trust me, you will not be disappointed) !
I plan on making another trip very soon! If you have any recommendations, please drop them below!