Sitting down to write this has me wanting to book a flight back to Chicago right about now. In Chicago there’s always something going on, different events, concerts, sports events, you name it. Along with that, there are so many different neighborhoods to explore, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, West Loop, Gold Coast, Old Town, the list goes on. I couldn’t wait to plan what we were going to do for our anniversary trip .
The weather while we were there called for rain, but that wasn’t going to stop us. There’s so much to do in Chicago, rain or shine (or snow). And the food options are quite literally endless. So when it came down to picking where we were going to eat it was nearly impossible. But I’ve rounded up all the things we did while in Chicago and where we ate and hopefully when it comes time for you guys to plan a trip this can be helpful. I’ve also jotted down some places that are on my list for next time.
What We Did
Navy Pier – ride the Ferris wheel and enjoy the view of the skyline
Walked the Riverwalk – next time we will definitely do bikes so we can ride along the lakefront as well
Magnificent Mile – so many shops to dip in and out of. And hide from the rain in 😉
Millennium Park/The Bean – snap your must have picture of the bean, but go early, it gets extremely busy
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel/Cindy’s Rooftop/Game Room – this place is awesome, so many neat little spots to see in the hotel
Restoration Hardware – 3 Arts Club Cafe inside is amazing
Chicago History Museum – save it for something to do on a rainy day
FTW Chicago – fun arcade that also has a full bar and food menu
Where We Ate/Drank
Au Cheval – one of the best burgers in Chicago and yes, we’d have to agree
Parlor Pizza – there are two locations, one in West Loop and one in Wicker Park. Both are great!
Public House – their brunch is amazing, and the Bloody Mary with the loaded skewer added is any Bloody Mary lovers dream
Cindy’s – the rooftop bar at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. Great views of Millennium Park
Benchmark – we had some appetizers here and didn’t realize they had a brunch buffet, definitely on the list for next time
Ramen-san – we came here on a whim one night because I was craving a warm bowl of ramen, we were pleasantly surprised with the little spot
Bridgehouse Tavern – right on the Riverwalk and has outdoor seating. Perfect for summer days.
Doughnut Vault – this was one of the very first places to go on my list when we started planning. This little spot it so cute inside and the doughnuts are huge
U.B. Dogs – a last minute stop on our way out of town to grab a couple Chicago dogs, found this spot on Yelp and it was really good with a great lunch special for two
Billy Goat Tavern – made famous from an SNL skit, “Cheezeborger, cheezeborger”, this place is a must just to try the infamous burger
Lottie’s – made famous from one of my very favorite shows, Chicago Fire
Maple & Ash – hands down one of the best steakhouses we’ve been to, from the atmosphere, to the service, to the food, everything was amazing
Goddess & The Baker – a must for a mid-day coffee pick-me-up, great coffee and delicious pastries
Things For Next Time
Rooftop Bars- J. Parker, Soho House, NoMi Garden, GreenRiver, Streeterville Social, Rock Bottom, Wit, Hancock
The Art Institute of Chicago
Restaurants- RM Champagne Salon, Green Street Meats, Hampton Social, Purple Pig, Hub 51, Mindy’s Hot Chocolate, Girl and the Goat, Big Star, Bombobar
Bars- City Winery, Three Dots and a Dash, Green Door Tavern, The Violet Hour, Old Town Ale House, Kingston Mines (we went on our first trip but unfortunately didn’t make it back this time)