getaway to chicago: tour guide edition

You’ve already got to read about my fun running experience here, but now you can indulge in (or at least pretend to) my eating and shopping pleasures in Chitown. I’ve always heard great things about it from my cousins and friends from school, but I was convinced nothing could be better than NYC. I may have been proven wrong.

Josh and I went for MLK weekend, which was nice since we hadn’t gone away in a while. The trip was his gift for Christmas and he was so excited that he picked out every place we would visit. We got all the basics and then some :)

Saturday
After we arrived to our hotel, we decided we should start our trip with some classic Chicago dogs. Now, I had been warned what had to be in a Chicago dog to make it a Chicago-style hot dog: poppy-seed bun, yellow mustard, chopped white onions, sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt (PS – thank goodness Wikipedia is back up). Do not add ketchup! So our first stop was Portillo’s for this bad boy:


Mmm! It was so delicious. I’m getting hungry just looking at that picture. After, we went to the Art Institute to see some amazing works of art. We got to see originals by Monet, Van Gogh, and Dali.  Josh was excited to see Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. This was my favorite piece, for its pure simplicity and relaxed nature:

We then left the museum and walked over to Millennium Park. We of course had to visit “The Bean” which doesn’t really make sense until you see it. It’s just a giant steel legume-shaped sculpture, and you can see your reflection at all different angles. It’s pretty cool.

We ended our night with some deep dish pizza at Ginos. Half sausage and half supreme. Nom nom nom.

Sunday
Following my run on Sunday, I had a quick bagel and coffee for breakfast. For lunch, we went to my friend’s new pizza place called Pizza Persona in Lincoln Park. It was soo cool!  You start off with picking wheat / white / or gluten-free dough, and then you choose from thirty-something toppings. Or if you easily get overwhelmed like me, you can just pick one of their personas.  I went with the Hipster and Josh went with the Clubber. We also tried one of the dessert pizzas, the Big Apple, which was the perfect end to our meal! I was so caught up with catching up that I forgot to take pictures, but if you’re from Chicago or nearby you have to check it out.

After loading up on carbs, it was time to get some booze. We went to the Goose Island Brewery in Clybourn for a tour. It’s $10 and you get to sample 6 beers and take home a souvenir glass. We tried a pink beer! It’s called the Queen-OA and it’s made out of quinoa.

I’ll stop narrating and show you some more pictures:

From the top of the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower).

This crazy crazy flagship Walgreens store that has sushi, smoothies, and froyo:

Random extra-large Marilyn Monroe statue:

Since I’m now adding Chicago to my list of favorite cities, what did I miss / should visit on my return? What city should I visit next?

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