Wednesday, October 10, 2012

3 Day Getaway: Chicago

One of the positive things about Tomas getting to travel so much for work, is that I get to travel a lot too! For instance, since Tomas would be spending a month near Chicago it was agreed that I would drive up so we could spend the weekend exploring the city together.

After a long 6 hour drive, the last hour locked in traffic trying to enter the city, I arrived in Chicago and headed over to pick up Tomas from the train station. We quickly made our way to the hotel, Club Quarters-Central Loop to drop off our bags and find a place to eat. I have to preface by saying that all the incredible food we had was the highlight of our trip to Chicago. Some of the lovely Chicago ladies over at Weddingbee had made some suggestions on their favorite places to eat in the city, and every single thing that we tried was awesome. Following the suggestions of my Bee friends and using Yelp to guide us to the nearest location, we found The Gage.  I can definitely say everything about this place was great. The food, the drinks and the ambiance.

Early on Saturday morning we walked to The Bongo Room for another incredible culinary experience. Chocolate Tower French toast or Banana Hazelnut Pancakes anyone? We learned on Yelp that you could order one slice instead of the whole serving, so we did that to be able to try as many yummy food as possible. After brunch we waked along Washington Park until we came across "The Bean". I swear we must have spent a solid hour trying to take cool pictures using it as a background.

We spent the rest of day pretty low key just walking along Michigan Avenue and doing a couple of hours worth of shopping. In the late afternoon we did the Architecture River Cruise offered by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. It was very interesting to learn about the rich architectural history of the city but the cold low temperature were too much for us to handle and we had to spend half of the tour looking out through windows.

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