9.09.2014

Looking Ahead to Chicago


Alright my friends, the countdown to fall break in the windy city has begun!! In exactly one month, my friend Liz and I will be jet setting to Chicago for a fun girls weekend. This will be my first time in the city, and I couldn't be more excited. Chicago has been on my travel bucket list for some time now, and a place that I have just been itching to go to in the fall. When the opportunity came for a fun fall break getaway, we couldn't pass it up! My friend Liz and I agreed that we were looking for a relaxing and fun weekend getaway. So it'll definitely be several days full of great food, shopping trips, experiencing the nightlife and seeing the hot spots of Chicago. Planning for the weekend is in full swing, so I decided to share with y'all what we've come up with so far. My hopes are that y'all can help fill in the gaps by recommending some of your favorite spots and things to do in Chi-Town!

Water Architecture Tour // Probably the most recommended activity to me, I cannot wait to park my butt on a boat and sail around the river, taking in all the gorgeous sights of Chi-Town. I love the water, I love boats and I love to be able to tour a city via sitting down. No tennis shoes packed for this trip!

Snapping photos in front of the Bean // This iconic symbol has quickly grown to become an extra in a lot of movies/TV shows, as well as the popular Insta photo-op by tourists. How can you not look into the shiny mirrored bean and think, "I must take a pic!"?

Downing some delicious Chicago Style Pizza // I love pizza... there's no doubt about that. Ever since I lived in New York City, my taste buds have adapted to what real pizza is supposed to taste like and I have since avoided fast food delivery options. I'm sorry, but jumbo slice and Dominos have nothing on a good, thin slice of NY style pizza. I am anxious to see if deep dish can compete. 

Staying in the River North Area // Almost everyone I spoke to recommended we stay in this area of the city. Apparently it's the best area to be in, with plenty of food and shops within walking distance.

Standing on top of the world // Frankly I am terrified of heights, but I will face my fears head on and stand 1,353 feet above the city on Chicago's Skydeck... all in the name of great Insta photos.

Filling an entirely separate suitcase // I mean how can you go to Chicago and not shop till you drop? Between now and Chi-Town weekend, I am going on a no-spending moratorium. That is easier said than done, but the thought of filling up an extra suitcase with all my amazing Chi-Town finds, is motivation enough to at least try.

Taking in the gorgeous fall foliage // I've heard from many that Chicago is gorgeous in the fall. The cool weather, colorful trees, fallen leaves and perfect weather for touring around, all combine to make this city a tourist's dream. Lots of outfit photos are in the works, as well as post vacay posts lie ahead. 

These are just a few things I'm looking most forward to, but like I said, I've never been. Have you? Recommend some things I need to do and good restaurants to try! Would love to know what y'all think!


kristyn
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5 comments:

  1. Yay Chicago! I've only lived here since 2008 and I can't imagine going anywhere else. My main suggestion? Make dinner reservations before you get here. Places fill up quickly and many places don't always have a lot of walk-in seating available. Better to be safe than sorry. I honestly don't get out to eat a lot but I can give you some recommendations for other Chicago bloggers who do! Check out Chritiques, Project Soiree, Cedar and Rush or The Kittchen.

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  2. Thanks so much for the great suggestions Erin!! Appreciate you letting me know, and I will definitely reach out to the bloggers you mentioned for suggestions!! Cannot wait for my trip!!!

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  3. I'm originally from Chicago, and it is such a fun city! Sounds like you have a good idea of things to do, so i'll throw some pizza suggestions at you... My absolute favorite place is called 'Chicago's Pizza'. They have a few locations on the north side and is a smaller family owned business with delicious deep dish/stuffed pizza! Another favorite is Giordano's, which has a location right near the bean, so it would also be convenient. You really can't go wrong with either of these!

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  4. Hope to see you!

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    1. Hope to see you too Kelsey!!! Will reach out before we get there to setup a dinner or drinks!!

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