Chicago Adventures: Part Two

Chi-Town:The Rest of the Journey

On our third day in Chi-Town, we decided to start our day off at Corner Bakery Cafe, an American chain of cafes. After indulging in a sandwich to fill our hungry bellies and a warm tea to brace up for the chilly Chicago air, we headed onto our next adventure of the day: Revisiting the Chicago Cultural Center. The first time around we were on a time crunch due to our boat tour, and so this time we were able to truly take in the different exhibits. After this, we made our way over to The Magnificent Mile. The Magnificent Mile is Chicago’s upscale commercial district . Although, I am by no means in a position to purchase expensive brands it was great to just window shop as we walked along the mile.

As we walked along the mile, we headed on over to the Cub’s Clubhouse; a gear shop full of Chicago Cubs apparel. After this, we simply walked through the streets and eventually stopped by the AT&T store on Michigan Avenue. Now, you may be wondering why is it that I stopped by a phone store while in Chicago? The reason is simple. During the time I was there, the AT&T shop was promoting the Justice League movie and as a result had costumes on display that were worn by the actors of the movie. In addition, they also had props and other interactive displays relating to the movie. It was an unexpected surprise and after spending far too long in here, we headed over to The Shops At North Bridge. The Shops at North Bridge is a mall located on Michigan Avenue with a plethora of different stores for all your shopping needs. After entering the mall, we ended up coming across Charming Charlie. At the time, this store did not exist in Canada and I’m telling you it’s the cutest store in the entire world! If you are a girly person and love all things cute, this store is a must for you. Even as someone like myself who spends more time in gym clothing than real clothing, it was hard to resist the allure of this little shop. As a result, I ended up walking out with two scarves and the cutest fox shaped bag. Adorable!

We then headed on over to Goddess & The Baker to enjoy some delicious dessert. If you are headed to Chicago, this bakery is a must and their rainbow cake is absolutely delicious! Furthermore, this place is incredibly homey and it was here we began to draw our day to an end. The rest of the night was spent indoors, making use of the pool table in our AirBnB. Although I did not win the game, it was a great time nonetheless! Thank you Chicago for your hospitality, you truly were amazing!

Afterthoughts

There are a few things I didn’t get the chance to see in Chicago that I recommend people try and see during their visit. For starters, I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Museum of Contemporary Art and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting. Another great museum to check out, The National Museum of Mexican Art. If you’re a baseball fan, check out the Wrigley Field to watch a Chicago Cubs game. And last but not least, the Chicago 360, an observation deck with a tilting glass lookout.

Two things that really stuck out to me during my visit in Chicago was how amazing their transit system is (and how underutilized it is) and the sheer hospitality of the people in Chicago. Maybe it was because it was the Christmas holidays, but what I observed in one instance was a cook offering food to a homeless man, someone on the bus offering clothing to another individual during the frigid temperatures, and just the general kindness of everyone I interacted with in all the shops and outings while I was there. Another great thing that Chicago had implemented was heated bus shelters in some areas. While it may not seem like much it made waiting for the train a little less painful. So thank you Chicago for showing me the kindness that exists in the world and for being an absolutely beautiful city.

Chicago Adventures: Part One

I remember it like it was yesterday… the day I decided Chicago would be my next destination. I was sitting at a job I loathed, wondering if getting a root canal without anesthesia was less painful then being there. As I complained about the circumstances to a friend of mine at the time, it was decided that a holiday was in order.

After weighing our options, we finally decided on the beautiful city of Chicago in the beginning of December of that year.

For those looking to visit Chicago, one thing you should keep in mind is that its reputation as “The Windy City” is no joke. As a result, bundle up darlings because you’re about to get frosty. If you can toughen up and handle the cold during December, I assure you that it is definitely worth your while. While we were there, everyone was incredibly kind and helpful. The city was in full Christmas cheer mode, lit up with Christmas lights everywhere, and the spirit of giving was definitely in the air.

First Day In Chi-Town

On our first day in Chicago, we arrived in the late afternoon and so our first order of business was dinner. We eventually decided on Epic Burger: a fast food chain in America. I don’t know if it’s just because I was hungry, but I swear to you that burger tasted like freaking heaven. It was everything you would want in a burger: crisp lettuce, juicy beef, succulent tomatoes, greasy bacon, and warm melted cheese all on a delicious warm bun. After devouring the burger, it was time to see what Chi-Town had to offer. As we walked downtown, I was struck by the beauty of Chicago’s architecture and how beautifully decorated it was for the holiday season. Christmas lights adorned every lamp post and tree imaginable, restaurant signs seemed to glow brighter than ever, and more than that it truly seemed people were just so damn happy. As someone who has never been a huge Christmas person, it was hard to resist being infected by the happiness that pulsated through the city.

As trotted along, we noticed that Chicago during the holiday season offers a variety of free events and these notices were posted on boards across the city. Events like these only further contributing to the spirit of happiness that was so evident around us. As many of you will probably do once you get to Chicago ,we then decided to visit Millenium Park and get a glimpse of “Cloud Gate.” In the darkness of the night, this metallic structure in Millenium Park so perfectly reflected Chicago’s skyline and beauty. As we continued to explore the area, there was an area where people could skate and just before it a grand Christmas tree adorned in colourful lights. Christmas was in full swing in Chicago, and I for once was all for it! This concluded our first day in Chicago, and it was already winning major points.

Day Two

On our second day in Chicago, we decided on doing the bravest thing yet: Take a boat tour down the Chicago River. Now, you must be thinking… why is that brave? And darlings, if you knew how freaking cold it is to be on a boat tour… on the river… in the middle of winter in Chicago, you would understand the bravery it took. But sometimes you just got to put on your Big Girl Pants and get to it, and so we did. Our tour company: Wendella Boat Tours. Now, just before we headed on our tour we decided to pop into the Chicago Cultural Center. The Chicago Cultural Center is an architectural beauty. It a beautiful landmark building which showcases various art exhibitions, as well as hosts both public and private events. One of the main beauties of this building: the beautiful stained glass dome ceiling in one room. The beauty so magnificent, that there was even a few individuals laying down on the carpeted floor admiring the domed ceiling. If you’re an architecture junkie or just like beautiful things, a visit to Chicago is not complete without visiting here. After this, we briefly checked out Chicago’s Christkindlmarket, a Christmas market modeled after a Christmas market held in Nuremberg, Germany. There was beautiful wooden crafts, and one stall which was of particular interest titled “Dragons and Fairytales” which sold wooden figurines of of dragons and other mystical creatures. After this it was time to head on over the docks to board our boat.

Besides freezing our butts off, the tour was fantastic and our guide was a saint for being as enthusiastic as he was in such cold weather. For anyone really wanting to appreciate Chicago’s architecture, the boat tour is a must! Although, maybe do it in the summertime? As the boat trudged along, the guide explained the different river locks and gave us the history of various buildings we passed by. One of the great things about the tour time we chose is we got to see how beautifully the glass paned buildings reflected the river. As someone who constantly refers to myself as a nature girl, Chicago is one of those cities which has made me realize the city ain’t so bad after all.

After the tour, we headed to a small cafe before making our way to Dylan’s Candy Bar. This candy store was absolutely massive and I imagine is what heaven looks like to a child. There were so many different treats and the decor was absolutely adorable. After this, we grabbed some food at Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse, where the food was delicious and the portions were absolutely massive! Our second day in Chicago was a massive success, and the Windy City was winning over my heart.

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