I hope you had a great weekend! As you guys may know, we just got back from our trip to Indy and Chicago. I realllly loved Chicago so wanted to share a little bit about our trip here.
My sister put together an awesome itinerary for us so it was like having our own private tour guide! Usually, I spend weeks putting together my bucket list of what to do, where to eat and where to run, but Becca made it so easy for us. It took some weight off my shoulders, and I feel like we experienced the best of it in our short time there.
We stayed in an Air BnB (my link for $40 off your first stay) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. It turned out to be the perfect area, close to the lake front trail, easy access to transportation, and a good central location.
So, here are some of my favorite parts about Chicago!
The Lakefront trail
It’s gorgeous. After arriving and getting settled, the first thing we did was go for a run along here.
Lincoln park is on the eastern part of the city so near the trail. That was one of the reasons we looked at staying there. Also, if you end up staying near Lincoln Park, you’re super close to the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is FREE!
I did not know anything about the Chicago architecture until this trip! We did a boat tour on Lake Michigan and then through the Chicago River to learn about it and it was so beautiful! Seeing some of these buildings up close was SO COOL. We learned some of the history and stories behind these sky scrapers.
Did you know Chicago has the 2nd tallest building in the US? The Sears aka Willis Tower. Some great facts here about some of the sky scrapers.
OBVIOUSLY. Deep dish pizza, donuts, “walking” tacos in Fritos bags, breweries, happy hours, french toast flights.
For deep dish pizza, my sister and many others recommended Pequod’s Pizza. They definitely didn’t let us down. I absolutely love thin crust, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed thick crust. Tons of cheese and bread.
If you have a sweet tooth for breakfast, then I definitely recommend stopping by Batter & Berries. They are known for their french toast flights and have delicious waffles too!
We even got a reservation at Girl and the Goat, which is supposedly very difficult to get into. Thanks, Open Table! Though I did book two months in advance 🙂
We tried the roasted cauliflower, pan roasted halibut, goat roasted empanadas. and pork cheek (delicious!)
Chicago is a huge city, at least compared to what we have here in Charlotte. But, there are great forms of public transportation, reasonably priced too! While we walked mostly everywhere, we also took busses and the L, an elevated train system. It’s a great way to see the city, too! Beautiful view from up above and easy to get to many of the widespread neighborhoods.
We didn’t even get to see everything, but there are so many quaint neighborhoods right outside the city that feel like you’re much further away. The streets were clean and the buildings were beautiful.
The downtown area is very clean but not overwhelmingly crowded.
I.O (The Comedy Scene)
My sister is really into comedy (one of the reasons she moved to Chicago) so she suggested we check out I.O (Improv Olympic). We stayed for a few improv shows, as they offer shows nightly throughout the week. This is where the stars like Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, etc. Definitely recommend checking this out!
Overall, we spent 3 days there. The weather was great, the views were amazing, and the food was very memorable.
Ever Been to Chicago?
Thin crust or deep dish pizza?