Weekend in Chicago–June 2014

Heyyy heyyy! I wanted to pop in to share some pictures from this past weekend, spent in Chicago with my mom. Ladies’ weekend! We stayed in the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Streeterville, which served us well. While I’ve traveled to Chicago a number of times, this was my mom’s first visit to the Windy City.

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We arrived early Thursday afternoon, and strolled over to Eataly to peruse and grab lunch. This is a fun place for foodies to check out, if you’re in town.

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Later, we ran a couple errands, then had a late dinner at Pizano’s. On a past trip to Chicago, the huz and I became huge fans of Pizano’s thin crust pizza with sausage, so I wanted to introduce my mom to it as well. Just as delicious as I remembered – especially with a couple glasses of wine. It was pouring rain when we left – luckily we had our umbrellas!

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The next day we visited the wonderful – and free! – Lincoln Park Zoo. Their primate house is incredible – so many monkeys and apes.

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After the zoo, we met up with Five Star SexiMexy (who moved to Chicago last year) for Happy Hour at Sunda. We shared a Garden Roll, Steamed Buns with Duck, and an order of Spare Ribs with our cocktails.

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This hottie is the Happy Hour Queen! I miss this girl!

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Later we had mini French macarons and bubbly prosecco on Five Star’s deck. What a lovely way to spend a warm summer evening! #highclass

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On Saturday morning, mom and I enjoyed a nice tail ship sail on the lake. It was pretty foggy, but the weather was warm enough and it was relaxing being out on the water.

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Not much of a city skyline view to speak of, but the light house we sailed by was pretty neat.

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Back on dry land, we grabbed lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at the Navy Pier, in true tourist fashion. Shrimp Po’ Boy for me!

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By the afternoon, the weather cleared right up and we reveled in the sunshine and blue skies with a stroll through Millenium Park.

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Of course a stop at the bean was needed.

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Heeey!

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Eventually we made it to Buckingham Fountain. Always a great people-watching spot. We must have seen at least 6 or 7 different wedding parties stopping by for photos.

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For our last dinner, we visited Emillio’s Tapas, located very close to our hotel.

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Emilio’s has an inviting, warm ambiance – perfect for sipping sangria. We shared a number of tapas calientes, including:

    • lamb meatballs <- AMAZING!
    • chicken & ham croquettes <-delicious!!!
    • bacon-wrapped dates
    • grilled skirt steak with a potato cake and sautéed spinach

Everything was wonderful – especially the mind-blowingly delicious lamb meatballs. This was a tasty way to cap off our trip!

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As much as I love Ann Arbor, I must say Chicago also has a place in my heart.

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10 thoughts on “Weekend in Chicago–June 2014

  1. Ahhh, my hometown… We always used to jog through the zoo or go t different events there. It always amazes me that it’s still free for everyone.

    What’d u think of Sunda and Eataly? Eataly can be touristy but there’s an lot for serious foodies.

    • Eataly was pretty cool to peruse. I wish I had a cooler with me to take foodie items home though! (Namely cheese.) Sunda was a cool place – didn’t eat a ton there but liked what we had and enjoyed their outdoor seating.

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  3. Looks like your mom and you had a great time! Paul lived in Chicago when we were dating. Its a cool town!

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