The Windy City

876E23F5-EC93-4F4F-B93B-4A9BA8CA94CC.jpegIf you have been following along with my stories and Instagram, you know I recently visited Chicago for the first time! I was so excited to finally be in “The Windy City.”

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Even though I was visiting Chicago for a work conference, I was determined to make the most of my trip and stay a few extra days to explore the city. However, I started to feel a little under the weather the first day (ugh!) but I still tried to enjoy my trip even though I did not get to see everything I wanted to.

I stayed at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Chicago near Michigan Ave. in Downtown Chicago. The hotel was amazing with a large open lobby and the fun “BIG Bar” located on the second floor. The food was great and it was an awesome environment for my first trip.

4B123EA1-3716-44A8-B1E2-0980E76B334C.jpegFor dinner one evening I went to the highly recommended “Cindy’s Rooftop” in downtown. This restaurant is located on the 13th floor of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and has a pretty awesome rooftop area with three firepits. When we arrived it started to rain so we did not stay outside too long, but the view was amazing. Inside they had a fun open area for dinning with big communal farm style tables. I enjoyed some bubbles and delicious Bolognese pasta.ย 

One morning I strolled down Michigan Ave. where there is some pretty great shopping. I really loved how the streets were decorated for the holidays and it seemed like every store had a Christmas tree up. With the brisk cold air that morning it really felt like winter and I was ready to do some Christmas shopping.

63FEE022-B507-4084-9C16-65FD2A21C8ABA1719384-A495-45B2-979A-3ECEA1E15097Afterwards I headed to Millennium Park where I checked off my touristy photo with “The Bean.” Surprisingly, it was not that crowded in the morning and it was so pretty to just walk around. Later that day I had to try my first Chicago deep dish pizza at Giordanos and I must say it was DELICIOUS. There was no way I could finish the small individual pizza on my own as it was so filling, but I definitely recommend going to Giordanos if you are visiting Chicago.

AB216A32-7089-4896-A666-EFA2B7997ED8Another great place I went to was the “Eataly” also in downtown Chicago and walking distance from the hotel. Although I did not get any photos of this place (total fail) I really wanted to write about it as it was so fun. They have different small restaurants all in one big area. Downstairs they had a market for shopping to buy some products including some great wine! The atmosphere was great and a perfect environment to go for a glass of wine or a full dinner with friends.

I had such an amazing time in Chicago for the short amount of time I was there. I definitely plan to visit again soon, hopefully in the summer months!

Cheers

XOXO BB