This is a longgg over due post about my trip to Chicago. Its been a few weeks and i have been majorly procrastinating/ very busy so i did not get a chance to share my trip with those of you who do not follow me on instagram (patternsandprint). Ok so lets get to it !
This was not my first time visiting the windy city, but this was my first time actually staying in a hotel downtown. I absolutly love Chicago, every single part of the trip was amazing and fun.
First thing, we were extremely lucky to have good weather, especially since Chicago is known for its brutal winters. Being a New Yorker i know what that can be like, so i was praying that we at least had mild enough weather so that we could explore, and we did ! Driving through the city we were able to make a mental check list of places we wanted to see and stores and restaurants we hoped to visit. One tip i would give if you are planning on driving into Chicago, is find an app or site that can guide you to cheap parking. Parking can get reallly expensive, and most hotel do not provide free parking. We were lucky enough to find an affordable parking garage that was around the corner from our hotel. Once we parked we did not move ! we walked and used public transit during the rest of our trip.
Places and spaces worth visiting while in Chicago.
1. The Bean/ Millennium park. I do not think you can visit Chicago and not see the bean or visit millennium park. The Bean is located in millennium park along with a great ice skating rink. If you stay in any of the downtown hotels the park will most likely be walking distance. Jess and i walked 20 minutes to get there and got to sight see and take pictures along the way. Of course make sure to check with your accommodations to make sure that you are close enough to walk or if you will need public or private transportation.
2. The Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium. I loveeee museums especially natural history museums, so i was extra excited to visit this one. There is soo much to see at this museum, and we honestly did have not enough time to see it all. We visited on a Sunday and the museum unfortunately closes early on the weekends. Despite this, we managed to see most of what the museum had to offer. Conveniently next to the Field museum is the Shedd Aquarium, i have to say i was very disappointed with the Aquarium. We were very eager and excited to go that we left the museum early so that we could spend the majority of the time at the Aquarium (which also closes early on the weekends). As it was a Sunday it was very crowded, in front of each tank was a crowd of people trying to take pictures of the beautiful fish that were in them. I should also mention some of the tanks were very small making it difficult to enjoy if there was a crowd. In my option its not worth the money but i added it to my must see because it is a popular place to visit in Chicago. i would also highly recommend buying tickets for these places online. The line for the aquarium went out the door ! This could be avoided by purchasing your tickets online.
3. Giordano’s /Garrett Popcorn. As this was my first time eating deep dish, my besty suggested we have Giordano’s pizza…and it was amazing! I honestly do not know what else to say other than it is a MUST. I ordered the smallest size pizza which could have easily been shared by two people. We also ordered the best cheesy bread i have ever had in my entire life. The atmosphere is great and the food and service amazing. i would advise that this is not a place to go if you want your meal fast, we waited 30 minutes for our pizza but it was worth it. Each order is made fresh which is great, so you don’t have to worry about eating some pizza that was made days before and just popped into the oven when ordered. Garrett Popcorn is a popcorn lover like myself ultimate paradise. Since leaving Chicago i have craved Garretts everyday ! I bought three bags of popcorn from Garretts and i wish i purchased more. Garretts popcorn is made fresh everyday so each piece you eat is fresh, not stale, and full of flavor. I look forward to visiting Chicago again to check out more great places to chow down.
I honestly feel like i hardly got to experience Chicago. There is just so much to see and do there that it is impossible to do it all in one weekend. Whenever i make my next visit i will be sure to explore even more of all that this amazing city has to offer….and buy more popcorn!