Our last day in Chicago! Because we had such an early start for our first two days, we ended up sleeping in on our last day and began the day with brunch! We went to the Allis which operates both as a social space as well as a restaurant and cocktail lounge. Their brunch menu is pretty standard fare but what I was really interested in was their afternoon tea. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the appetite to sit through tea so we just stuck with brunch. It’s a really cute space and great for also grabbing juicers and hanging out in the lounge area.
Our second day was just as busy as our first – we had already purchased our tickets for the Art Institute of Chicago so we decided to meet up with one of my friends based in Chicago for a quick breakfast at Sawada Coffee. It’s a pretty rustic and hip spot that serves military lattes (to be honest, the camouflage colors remind me of those caramel apple lollipops) and doughnuts. You can see their full menu here.
We woke up at 6am to check out the Cloud Gate Sculpture, more widely known as “The Bean”, at Millennium Park to avoid all the crowds and get our photos. It was actually quite nice and peaceful – there were a few photographers present taking photos and there was an outdoor yoga class nearby at the Amphitheater but otherwise, the park was pretty empty! When we had gone back in the afternoon to get some reflection photos with the crowd, it was so packed that it was hard to go under the sculpture due to the sheer amount of people.
We could not stop by Chicago without checking out dinner at Alinea – Chicago’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant. With its avant-garde, innovative and gastronomic approach to fine dining, Alinea is the only restaurant in Chicago with three coveted stars. It definitely elevated Chicago’s status as a foodie scene. Continue reading “Dinner at Alinea”
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! Continue reading “A Weekend in the Windy City…”