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Chicago Favorites

Chicago Favorites

Chicago is one of our favorite U.S. cities and we were so fortunate to live there for 1.5 years. Despite what you may think after watching the news, the best thing about Chicago is that it is constantly getting better- better restaurants, better beaches, better stores, better parks, better art, better neighborhoods. The city consistently wins awards for their restaurants and I can honestly say most of the best meals I've ever had were in Chicago! The skyline and lake views are breathtaking and a Chicago summer cannot be beat- especially after a long Chicago winter. There is so much to love about Chicago and we genuinely miss our life there everyday. The city will always hold a special place in our hearts as it was the first city we lived in together and spent the first years of our marriage in, so maybe we are biased. We are always updating the "Chicago" note in our phones with new places to check out next time we are back in the city. Luckily, we get an excuse to visit every time we travel to visit Austin's family. Even though we have visited countless times and lived there for years, there is so much left on our list! Who knows, maybe we will live there again someday! Check out our favorites below!

North Avenue Lake Trail

North Avenue Lake Trail

Boats Everywhere

Boats Everywhere

Hailing from northern Illinois, I am naturally biased towards Chicago, and my opinion that it is a "Top 3" American city has certainly been swayed by my loyalty.  I've always said that it has everything NYC and LA have minus the traffic and attitude. Kidding aside, it is a huge city but a very manageable city. You can gain a sense of accomplishment after visiting for a weekend, whereas some cities leave you feeling like an underachiever. Yes the winters may be rough, but they provide that eternal hope for warmer weather and the anticipation that comes along with it. Chicago is worth the cold, there I said it! I know I am coming off like an employee of the tourism board, but trust me, this is a city worth placing right at the top of your travel bucket list. You'll find some of our favorite spots around town as well as our favorite "To Do" items and "Must Eat" locals. The list is ever changing and dependent on the time of year in a lot of ways but, nonetheless, they are worth checking out. Now if there's just one or two things that are essential from my standpoint while in Chicago, they are: eat some deep dish pizza; walk the lakeshore; visit the art institute; go to Wrigley Field and take in a Cubs game. 

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Strolling through our old neighborhood of Lincoln Park

Strolling through our old neighborhood of Lincoln Park

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden. One of the best patios in Chicago.

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden. One of the best patios in Chicago.

Where to Eat: 

Chicago has no shortage of amazing (and award-winning!) restaurants. Here are our absolute favorites:

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Au Cheval. Best burger in America! No joke, worth a 3 hour wait everytime.

Au Cheval. Best burger in America! No joke, worth a 3 hour wait everytime.

Tea & Coffee at The Allis in the West Loop

Tea & Coffee at The Allis in the West Loop

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The lean and smile at the Allis

The lean and smile at the Allis

Couldn't you spend all day at The Allis? SO dreamy

Couldn't you spend all day at The Allis? SO dreamy

Classic sit and smile

Classic sit and smile

Oak Street Beach

Oak Street Beach

Sailing on Lake Michigan

Sailing on Lake Michigan

The Chicago River

The Chicago River

The Art Institute of Chicago. One of our favorite paintings!

The Art Institute of Chicago. One of our favorite paintings!

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What To Do and See

  • Explore Lincoln Park - restaurants, houses, beach, park and zoo
  • Walk/Run along Lake Michigan
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Chicago Cultural Center - Free classical music concerts on Mondays at 12:15
  • Laugh at a Second City Show
  • Admire the houses in Old Town & Lincoln Park (our favorites are in The Golden Triangle -Howe St (our old street!), Orchard, & Burling)
  • Spend a day at the beach (North Ave or Oak St. for close to downtown, Montrose & Belmont Harbor Dog Beach in the North, 12th St. & 57th St. Beach to the South)
  • Broadway in Chicago
  • Rent a bike and ride along the Lake Front Trail
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation Boat Cruise
  • The New Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier
3 Arts Cafe inside of Restoration Hardware

3 Arts Cafe inside of Restoration Hardware

Skyline view from the Lurie Garden inside Millennium Parkย 

Skyline view from the Lurie Garden inside Millennium Park 

Walking along the lake front from North Ave. beach to Oak St. beach

Walking along the lake front from North Ave. beach to Oak St. beach

Ok, now we are missing Chicago! What are your favorite places to eat and see in Chi-town?

Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather

August Life Recap + Hurricane Harvey Relief

August Life Recap + Hurricane Harvey Relief