One great thing to look forward to when working in the States is the long holiday weekends. A friend and I decided to spend our Labor Day weekend venturing out of town and picked Chicago! I hadn’t gone to Chicago since I was a kid – I wasn’t sure if it was everything I had remembered it to be but I did know that I was definitely too young to truly appreciate a place at that age. I’ve always been bi-coastal, spending long weekends in Los Angeles or San Francisco if I wanted to leave NYC for a few days, but never really ventured anywhere in the middle, which is why Chicago sounded perfect!
3 nights in Chicago
821 South Carpenter Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Total: $458.36 (for 2 people)
Total per person: $229.18
We spent around three days in Chicago – part of which was actually spent in Wilmette to check out the Bahá’í House of Worship (it’s an incredible temple). Chicago’s food scene has also been highly elevated thanks to a few Michelin-starred restaurants and now known to be the home to one of the best burgers in America. It’s basically a mini-NYC!
I broke down our trip into the following:
There were a few things on the list that we never got a chance to check out that are highly recommended:
- Stony Island Arts Bank – a vacant deteriorating bank that has now been converted into a library/art gallery
- Museum of Contemporary Art
- Au Cheval – hailed as the best burger joint in Chicago
- Girl and the Goat – arguably one of the best restaurants in the city
- Lou Malnatti’s – one of the iconic deep dish pizza joints in the city and constantly compared to Giordano’s
- Giordano’s – one of the iconic deep dish pizza joints in the city and constantly compared to Lou Malnatti’s
- Portillo’s – one of the iconic Chicago dog joints