A couple of weekends ago I escaped to Chicago to meet one of my closest friends for a girls getaway. Chicago has been on my bucket list for many years and although I had high expectations for Toronto’s so-called “sister city” I was blown away by the beauty and friendliness of the city.
My friend Bose lives in Oklahoma City and each year we try to plan a trip to a different city. Our friendship is a very special one for me. We actually met while on exchange in Denmark in 2005 and quickly became inseparable. It does not matter how much time passes we always pick up right where we left off.
We stayed at the W City Centre in Chicago, which was a fabulous hotel with very friendly staff and great modern rooms. They also stock the rooms with Bliss Spa products, including the fabulous foaming face wash that I love. I would highly recommend anyone who is looking for a hotel in the loop to stay there.
I arrived in Chicago Thursday night and met Bose at the hotel. She had made reservations for a wine tasting at the BeviAmo Wine Bar. We tried many different wines and picked the bartender’s brain on the best places to eat and drink in Chicago. After the wine bar we headed to the Girl and the Goat as per the bartender’s suggestion. No pictures were taken but we split an amazing and huge plate of chilli cheese fries and then fell into a food coma back at the hotel.
The next day we headed out to Michigan Ave. to spend the day shopping and we were lucky enough to stroll past this place:
We proceeded to shop until we dropped and then headed to the beach for a little sun and sparkling wine at the beach bar. I cannot believe that a city this size has such a beautiful beach!
Around sunset we headed back to the hotel, changed and then headed out to The Roof at the Wit Hotel to dance the night away.
The next morning we headed over to Chicago Line Cruises to take the Architecture Boat Tour. It was such an amazing way to see the city, and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Chicago. Who knew buildings could be so interesting!
After that we went to The Bull and Bear for a drink while we waited for our table at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria. I was a little apprehensive of deep dish pizza because I am a huge fan of thin crust, however, this pizza was delicious. Deep dish all the way! The husband is a huge pizza fan so I had to snap a picture of my za for him:
After we stuffed ourselves we walked over to Millennium Park. I have seen many pictures of the park, but it is so much more impressive in person.
For dinner that night we went to Tavern on the Park where we split a bunch of appetizers because we were still full from the deep dish.
We had the beet salad, calamari, meatballs, and mac and cheese. Very delicious.
After dinner we went back to the hotel and fell into a food coma.
On the last day of the trip we headed over to the Lincoln Park neighbourhood for brunch at Toast. It was probably the best meal I had the whole trip. So fresh and so delicious. I had the mascarpone stuffed french toast:
And Bose had the fresh berry pancakes:
We finished the day by shopping at the boutiques in Lincoln Park and then headed back to the hotel to get our luggage and say goodbye. I am already looking forward to planning a trip back with the husband, and Bose is even debating on moving to Chicago in the near future. So you could say that Chicago hooked us!
Have you been to Chicago? What are some of your favourite spots?