Chicago: Savoring the Windy City

(L-C-R) The Wrigley Building, InterContinental Hotel (Medinah Athletic Club) & Tribune Tower with pilar of the DuSable Bridge

(L-C-R) The Wrigley Building, InterContinental Hotel (Medinah Athletic Club) & Tribune Tower with pilar of the DuSable Bridge

After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed a large swath of the city, Chicago rose from the ashes and towards the heavens with the construction of the world’s first skyscraper, changing city landscapes around the globe forever. Chicago grew from those ruins and flourished into the city of today. The city features parks, an extensive railway system, public art, museums, music, impressive architecture, and remarkable cuisine. Chicago fare has produced popular foods such as the Chicago Dog, deep dish pizza, the Italian beef sandwich, and the city houses notable chefs such as Rick Bayless.

I hadn’t visited Chicago since I was a little girl. My family took a trip to visit my aunt, uncle, & cousins in Naperville and we went into the city for some sightseeing. What I remember the most was going up in the Sears Tower to look out over the city. That was many, many years ago.

The view at night

The view at night

Carbide & Carbon Building

Carbide & Carbon Building

I flew to the Windy City for the 4th of July weekend. You’ve gotta love a good travel deal, you know? It was a perfect little getaway! I met a nice guy on the train from O-Hare that helped me navigate my way to the hotel in the late evening hours. We talked food and about our respective towns and where we were from for most of the ride into town. He was most helpful in telling me about places to eat and things to do. I wish I would have gotten his name. The city of Chicago should thank this guy for being an unofficial ambassador to his city.

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The weather couldn’t have been better while I was there. It was sunny and warm (but not too much), unlike the heat back in North Carolina. Fortunately the city didn’t live up to its moniker of being windy, which I was thankful for given my hotel room was waaaaaay high up in the tower at the Hyatt, overlooking Wacker Drive and the river.

What did I do?  I ate….

Burrata, Eataly

Burrata, Eataly

I explored…

A ship coming into port at the Navy Pier

A ship coming into port at the Navy Pier

Cloud Gate, Millennium Park

Cloud Gate, Millennium Park

And ate…

Deep dish pizza, Pizzeria Uno

Deep dish pizza, Pizzeria Uno

I took a Chicago Architecture River Cruise on the First Lady…

Cruising the river in Chicago

Cruising the river in Chicago

And viewed the city from the 94th floor atop the 360 Chicago Observation Deck during the day….

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And at night….

img_9319I ate, of course….

Pepito Mexican Sandwich from XOCO

Pepito Mexican Sandwich from XOCO

And I hung out with a T-Rex named Sue…

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And met some guys from China…

The Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Warriors

And ate some more…..

Mac & Cheese, Eleven City Diner

Mac & Cheese, Eleven City Diner

I watched a Noonday Concert by the Ivey Ringers (oddly enough they were from First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC) in the courtyard of the Fourth Presbyterian Church….

Fourth Presbyterian Church

Fourth Presbyterian Church

And ate yet again (I like to eat, what can I say?!)….

Portillo's Italian Beef sandwich

Portillo’s Italian Beef sandwich

Chocolate mousse layered with orange gelee, pistachio sponge cake smothered in chocolate glaze, Eataly

Chocolate mousse layered with orange gelee, pistachio sponge cake smothered in chocolate glaze, Eataly

And then it was time to go…..

London House

London House at night

The Windy City was the perfect place to spend Independence weekend. I ate my way around town while taking in a myriad of cool sights. I’m sure one day I’ll make it back to Chicago again, but in the meantime I’ll have two trips worth of memories to savor.

10 comments on “Chicago: Savoring the Windy City

    • It was such a great weekend! I walked over 20k steps every day, but met some great people, ate the most de-lish food & saw such amazing things. If you get a chance to go-do it! Take your camera and an appetite. You will not be disappointed. 😊
      ~Mindy

  1. Holy buckets, that DEEP DISH, tho! And that cake! I’ve never been to Chicago, but your pictures of #yummygoodness – and that skyline (beautiful shots) – make me think I should bump it up on the travel list.

    • Hi Jen!

      That deep dish was something else, I’m here to tell ya! There is no shortage of food in Chicago, that’s for sure. The Hyatt in Chicago (on E. Wacker Dr) is a fantastic place to stay. I had a gorgeous view of the river and the Navy Pier from the 22nd floor. You should really move this one up your list. I’d love to go back and check out the stuff I missed. Wear comfy shoes!

      ~Mindy

  2. You met Sue!! 😀 Whoohoo most complete T-rex specimen ever found! #IAmANerd
    I’ve really wanted to go to Chicago for a while now. You’re totally right, the city is really well-known for its museums and food. Sounds like you had a packed weekend!

    • Hi Liz!

      Sue is quite the specimen! You’ve got company in nerdism then because I love science museums and go anytime I get a chance! There is still so much I haven’t seen there so I guess a trip back is in order. Shucks! You should check out the flight deals and see what the Hyatt has going on as well. It was a great place to stay and was rather central to everything all over the city. It’s extremely walkable there.

      ~Mindy

    • Hi Nichole!

      It was a tasty trip! I’m not a chocolate mousse kinda girl, but it looked so go I had to try. I’m so glad I did! I think what made it so good was the orange combined with the chocolate. 😊

      ~Mindy

  3. I’m obviously super behind with reading/commenting, but I just wanted to jump in to say yay! It looks like you had a fab trip — you even managed to hit up a few of my favorites. 🙂

    • Hi Starr!

      I had a fantastic time in your city! I wish I could have stayed longer. There is so much to see & barely scratched the surface. Guess I’m going to have to visit again-shucks! I really enjoy your blog/instagram/Facebook posts. Now I know the places to eat next time. 😊
      ~Mindy

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