The long-awaited spring break FINALLY arrived, and it was definitely much needed (especially since UK has decided to take away our fall break). While most of my friends were living it up in Destin or Fort Lauderdale, I decided to head North for a city escape in my all-time favorite city, Chicago!!
This was actually my fourth time visiting The Windy City, and honestly, each time I go– I fall more in love with this place. For months leading up to the trip, I had been researching places to visit, eat, and shop; luckily, one of my favorite bloggers—Olivia Rink—actually resides in Chicago, so it was such a big help to read some of her posts about where to visit when traveling to Chicago! I’ll link her blog right here.
Me and my family stayed for about four days, and have come up with a new tradition of watching the Chicago River turn green on St. Patricks Day, which is definitely something I think everyone should see at least once in their life. We booked a room in The London House Hotel, where we had previously stayed during our last trip, and we had a great experience both times! Although my parents had a little trouble trying to navigate the city, the place we were staying was settled pretty close to the middle of the city so we were in walking distance of the majority of places we wanted to go. But anyways, I’ll just do a little breakdown of the days while we were there, so let’s get into it!
Stan’s Donuts: I am a HUGE breakfast person, and every time we go somewhere new, I have to go around and try some of the cool places in each city. We originally were going to try Wildberry Cafe, but the wait was over two hours…..so then we stumbled upon Stan’s Donuts! I am not joking when I say these are the best donuts I have ever had. They had at least four different kinds of Nutella filled/frosted/glazed donuts and it was game over for me. This is a pretty well known place in Chicago and it definitely lived up to the hype.
Shopping: Okay….you can’t expect to go to Chicago and not go shopping on the Magnificent Mile—it’s basically required. My mom, sister, and I decided to split from the boys and have a little girls time! We stopped at Sephora because it was massive, and I am definitely more than a little obsessed with makeup. Since we weren’t with the guys, we decided to also hit up some of the more high end stores like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, David Yurman, and some others—obviously just to look though (I’m ballin on a budget, ya feel?). We did some more walking, stopped to get some snacks, and met up with the boys later that night for dinner!
Giordano’s: This is no doubt the best pizza I have ever had…and I consider myself myself a pizza connoisseur. It’s the classic Chicago Style deep dish, and the cheese is PILED on there (I’m drooling just thinking about it). This place is famous is Chicago, and although I’m sure every pizza joint there is “famous”, this one definitely deserves the title. Highly…highly recommend visiting if you’re in town. After dinner I decided to take a little walk by myself to take in the city lights, and go try out Molly’s Cupcakes! They were absolutely delicious and so unique!
We started off our day by getting ready and watching the river being dyed green from the window in our room, then went downstairs to have breakfast in the restaurant of our hotel. I’ve added some pictures of the Chicago River & more at the bottom of this post!
Magnificent Mile: This was our main shopping day, and we all just walked up and down the Mag Mile all day, just stopping in whatever stores we felt like. We went in Dylan’s Candy Bar, Nike, Garrett’s Popcorn, Water Tower Place (a big skyscraper that has a mall in the lower area), and a few more stores.
Eataly: I had heard about this place a while back, but I only thought it was limited to New York City–fortunately we found one in Chicago! There are about seven or eight different stations/restaurants within Eataly, all comprised of making different types of Italian food: pasta, pizza, seafood, produce, and wine! Me and my mom decided to split some spaghetti and ravioli, which were both excellent. Along with all of this mouth-watering food, the thing that caught my attention about this place was the fact that there was a Nutella Cafe in the bottom!!
Yolk: This was another restaurant my family and I had visited previously, but it was a crowd favorite (a rare find), so we had to make a return trip.
I like the location of this place because it was in short walking distance of our hotel and the food is amazing, AND you can put your name on the list online before you go. I really liked the Nutella crepes, as well as the egg dishes and different types of pancakes, which were equally delicious!! 🙂
Since we had been dragging my brother around for the past fews days into almost every store we passed, we let him pick the final place we were going to visit before leaving: Shedd Aquarium. I do highly recommend the aquarium especially if you are visiting with younger kids, but I honestly thought it was really cool too and had just as much fun as my brother. Unfortunately since this was our last day, we had to pack up and leave after walking around a little bit, but I think we were all pretty much exhausted and ready to get home.
I hope you enjoyed this little recap of my trip to Chicago! With summer approaching and school being let out, I am trying to travel around a little more and create additional posts like this…but for now, enjoy & thanks for reading!