It’s been chilly in San Francisco the past couple of weeks. So, of course, I’ve been reminiscing about brighter days. I’ve been daydreaming about the French Riviera. And I’ve been thinking a lot of about my trip this past summer to Chicago to visit my best friend.
It was such a nice little weekend with Meg (said best friend) and her husband (who happens to be my cousin!). I’m a little matchmaker over here, too. Did I not say that? 😉
To be honest, I kind of fall in love with Chicago every time I visit. It’s hard not to! My friend lives in a beautiful neighborhood near Lincoln Park. I mean, come on: Tree-lined streets with beautiful brownstones. What’s not to love? It’s definitely a different vibe from San Francisco. Plus, we had amazing weather that weekend!
So what did we do? Well, I’m glad you asked! That’s exactly why I wanted to write this post. I wanted to share a few of my favorite Chicago activities with you. No tourist spots here!
BIKE YOUR WAY THROUGH CHICAGO
We biked all over the place. We went to Lake Michigan, and all over Lincoln Park, too. And it’s so easy to rent a bike in Chicago. Just find a Divvy rental station and off you go! They’re all over the place, by the way.
THE BEST OF MICHIGAN AVENUE
This is a must: Stop at the Chicago Athletic Association on Michigan Avenue for happy hour. Meg knows me so well – She knew I’d love this place. It’s a restoration of a 1890’s Venetian Gothic hotel. Imagine grand marble staircases and beautiful fireplaces taking up an entire wall. Check out some photos here. Amazing, right?
After you’ve had a cocktail (or two!), head up a few stories for another treat. Cindy’s Rooftop terrace, which overlooks Millenium Park. Stay here for awhile to enjoy a drink and the great view.
ALL THE TRENDY RESTAURANTS
We went to a lot of great restaurants during my stay. But a memorable one was Federales. I’d definitely recommend. It has a fun vibe. We sat down for chips, salsa, tacos and amazing margaritas. There may have been a tequila shot in there, too.
There’s no rooftop, so it’s a great little joint on a hot day.
Plus, just across this street from Federales is this colorful wall, that you, of course, need to make into a photo op. How cool is that, right?
TAKE A STROLL ON THE RIVERWALK
And last, but not least, make sure to check out all the bars and restaurants along the Riverwalk. It’s a fun atmosphere. Everyone is sitting on the steps right in front of the river, enjoying a cold drink and listening to music.
And I must say, it’s quite dreamy at night.
Oh, Chicago. You’ve always been good to me. You’re definitely a city I love. And If I can ever brave the cold again, you might just be on my short list.
Let’s go places,
What are your favorite things to do in Chicago? Tell me more in the comments section below.
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