Last weekend, my sweet friend Kelly and I boarded a plane and flew to Chicago! Several months ago in general conversation, we got on the topic of Chicago and how it was one of her favorite cities, and how I had never been but desperately wanted to go. So, on a whim, we booked a trip; because, why not? Of course, being the over achievers that we are, we were determined to squeeze the most out of our time there, and boy did we! Our adventure started at 4am Thursday and ended at 2am Sunday morning.
So Thursday, we basically explored everything along the shore. We had thrown the planetarium on our "maybe" list of things to do, but a co-worker who is from Chicago mentioned that in the summer, the planetarium has events after hours. Just so happened July's after hours event was Thursday! There's live music, drinks and special exhibits. It sounded fun so we bought our tickets and added it to the itinerary. The weather was great Thursday afternoon...very cool and breezy. After exploring town a bit, we headed to the hotel to check in and change clothes. Can I just tell you, we looked very cute. That was until we got off the elevator only to see it pouring rain. Never fear! We had ponchos!
The idea was to wear ponchos to the train station (about 3 blocks) and transfer to a bus which would drop us at the front door of the planetarium. By the time we arrived to the bus stop, we would have to wait another 15 minutes and it was pouring. We thought we could totally walk it in 15 minutes.
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Fast forward 1 HOUR and two very leaky ponchos and you have a few drowned sewer rats. Our shirts, particularly chest area, were extremely soaked. You can only imagine the looks we received once we arrived to the event. As you can see below, I tried to use the dryer in the bathroom which did nothing. Nothing at all. At that point, I said screw it, and threw my hair on top of my head and had a drink. All better.
In all seriousness though, this whole adventure was one of my favorite parts of our trip.
Friday was full of adventure as well! We started with Do-rite Donuts - ranked #1 bakery on tripadvisor! It surely did NOT disappoint. I've never had a donut melt in my mouth quite like that.
We then got distracted by Macy's, but a few floors later, we found our way to the architectural boat tour. So great! Also, SO hot! Apparently Friday was the hottest day of the year so far (of course) and we had the best tour guide. She was an older woman and did such a stellar job. That is until we were almost finished with the tour and she puked over the side of the boat. With her mic still in her hand. Poor lady. We felt SO bad for her. There was a nurse in the crowd that jumped up to cool her off and help her out, but she wasn't having it. By George she was going to finish the tour for us!
We then ventured down the Magnificent Mile for a bit before jumping on the train to Lincoln Park for our appointment at the Aroma Workshop. That's right, we designed our own perfume! It was so much fun!
There's a whole bunch of scents which you pick the ones you like. Then a lovely aroma specialist puts them together in a few combinations for you to choose from. By far one of the coolest things I've done!
After a little potion making, we ventured into a chocolate truffle shop and had quite the appetizer. The lovely ladies there recommended a place for dinner called Butcher and the Burger. Oh my word, it was delicious! Delicious I say!
Saturday we had reservations at The Little Goat Diner. If you're ever in Chicago, you simply MUST go there. It was insanely wonderful.
After breakfast we explored some other areas of town on the Brown Line, and had the best iced coffee I've ever had in Lincoln Square. Why was it so good? Only because they use vanilla ice cream as the cream. Heavenly. And just the pick-me-up we needed to push through our exhaustion!
It was one of the best trips ever! We walked an ungodly amount, but it was worth it! It's by far now one of my favorite cities ever and so much fun to go there with one of my favorite peeps! You must go if you haven't already!