Big Changes & Chicago Guide

Well, after a long hiatus, I'm back to blogging! In the 5 months since my last post, life has changed quite a bit. We moved from Indianapolis to Washington, D.C. Both Ben and I started new jobs. We sold our first house. And, of course, we've been traveling! 

A few weeks before our move we took a weekend trip to Chicago. I tend to be drawn to the far-away, exotic locations so it never occurred to me that there was a fabulous city just a few hours from Indianapolis. 

ACTIVITIES 

Architecture Cruise: This highly rated activity (according to Trip Advisor the top tour in Chicago) was fascinating. The cruise is a great way to see the city and learn about the history and hundreds of skyscrapers. The Chicago Architecture Foundation tour guides provide the commentary. The cruise was the highlight of our weekend. It lasts 90 minutes and is $45 per person. Well, well worth the cost!

Bike Lake Shore Drive: We spontaneously stumbled upon a Divvy station and decided a bike ride would be fun. We rode bikes for several miles along Lake Shore Drive. It was a beautiful ride and would be fun to walk or run if biking isn't your thing.

The Magnificent Mile : You can't make a trip to Chicago without strolling The Magnificent Mile! The street includes over 460 retailers. You can find everything from luxury shops to local boutiques to major department stores. 

Wrigley Field: I know nothing about baseball but we couldn't pass up the chance to see the iconic Wrigley Field. There wasn't a game occurring during our stay but we snapped a few pictures of the outside.

Lincoln Park: After spending the majority of the weekend downtown, we decided to walk around Lincoln Park and have brunch. If I ever live in Chicago, this is where I would want to live! What a gorgeous neighborhood! There are lots of shops and restaurants. 

John Hancock Center - 96th Floor Lounge: We watched the sunset our first evening in the lounge. The views are amazing and provide a great perspective of the city. We didn't have reservations but were able to get in pretty quickly. I wouldn't necessarily go here for the food or drink but the views are worth it! 

Food

The Budlong: My love of spicy food and Ben's love of fried chicken made this restaurant a winning combination! I enjoyed Farmhouse Salad with fried chicken (Xtra hot). I have to say it was a *little* too hot even for me. I'd go with just "hot" next time. 

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria: A Chicago staple... deep dish pizza! Lou's has multiple locations throughout the city. We had their lunch special which was a personal pizza and salad. Be prepared to wait a bit if you are getting a full size deep dish pizza (cooking time!). 

Cochon Volant: A classy French restaurant where we enjoyed dinner. Ben had steak and I had the Truffle Pasta. It was delicious! Be sure to make reservations in advance. 

The Terrace at the Trump Hotel: A great spot to grab drinks and appetizers in the warmer months. You have a great view of the river and lake from the terrace. The menu's quite pricey ($100 for a burger!). 

Accommodation

Through the app Hotel Tonight, we reserved two nights at the Swissotel Chicago. We got a great deal ($105 a night) through the app so I have no complaints for the price. It was a good location, clean, and the staff was friendly. 

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