I've always heard great stories about Chicago, so going into it I had high expectations. People often compared the city to New York which had me even more anxious about my visit. I must say that upon my arrival I was taken back by the gorgeous skyline, already something similar to my hometown. This really set the tone for the rest of the trip.
We stayed at the gorgeous Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. Not only was the hotel beautiful, it had tons of amenities and the staff was extremely accommodating. What was great about our hotel is that we were walking distance from everything we wanted to do. We spent some time at Grant park, a massive sized park located in the Loop area. Within this park we visited the popular Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park, and the Art Institute of Chicago. With the Art Institute being one of the oldest and largest museums in the U.S, it would've taken us all day to get through it all. We headed straight to the New Contemporary exhibition as we both knew for sure that we had to see the work of the iconic Andy Warhol and Picasso.
As expected, the food was phenomenal. We ate so much that I'm actually still recovering from my food coma. We had jerk chicken straight off a food truck and of course, we couldn't visit Chicago without indulging in Giordano's famous stuffed deep dish pizza.
In the lobby of our hotel there was an upscale restaurant, Filini Bar and Restaurant, where we decided to have our last dinner. The moment I skimmed through the appetizers, I knew we made the right choice. Anywhere that serves grilled octopus gets extra points from me. We ended up ordering two appetizers because I also saw the Maine Lobster broth that was really enticing. Our amazing waitress (shout out to Meghan) suggested her favorite red wine that the restaurant carried which was a 2013 Zenato. So of course we got a bottle because we're winos (well, at least I am) and one glass just wouldn't suffice. Our entrees were delicious, as expected after eating the yummy appetizers. At this point, we should've walked away but instead we had some gelato and sorbet. Literally, one of the best meals I've eaten (you'll most likely hear me say that about many meals).
My all time favorite part of Chicago are the many locations to see the stunning views. From brunch at Cindy's Rooftop overlooking Grant Park to being on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier viewing Lake Michigan to the east and the city's skyline to the west. Views upon views. Chicago is a beautiful city. So many great things to do and see. Two days was simply not enough. I'm already in Shawn's ear about going back.
Be sure to check out the video above of the overall trip : )