So, if you haven’t ever been to Chicago it needs to be at the top of your destination list. It is a big city with tons to offer like most big cities, but Chicago is a little different. To start, the people and the camaraderie is like no other. From sporting events to amazing food, everything in Chicago feels like you are hanging out with the largest extended family. Chicago also possesses all four seasons, although you should avoid the winter if at all possible. Other highlights are top shopping, cleanliness and lots of outdoor activities. Our resident VE travel gal, Jessica, recently had a day off in Chicago during a work trip for a photo shoot. Here are the highlights from her day!
I spent my off day in Logan Square, an eclectic neighborhood known for it’s expanding food scene, hipster dive bars and colorful graffiti art initiative. From quirky gift shops, to trendy boutiques, this neighborhood has enough to keep you entertained for hours. If you want to continue the adventure, it is a 20-minute walk to Wicker Park (wear your sneakers) or hop on the “L” (Chicago’s version of a subway), for a safe and easy ride.
Morning caffeine fix at Gaslight Coffee
Drink: a latte to-go …Duh, it was delicious
Style: Rustic aesthetic- exposed brick, old wood paneling, and a bit of taxidermy on the walls.
Why I love it: They roast most of their beans, they have a small, basic menu which means quality drinks, and fresh baked goods daily. A short stroll takes you to the Square.
Price Range: $$
Whether you have access to a kitchen or not, make your way down to the square for the Sunday Farmer’s Market
Go For: fresh flowers, locally grown food, organic apple juice, a good time
Why I love it: they support small-scale local food producers and entrepreneurs
Price Range: $$
End your day with a BANG at Bang Bang Pie Shop
Go For: dinner if you want something savory or dessert if you want something sweet
Eat: I went for dessert and the lovely staff recommended the Chocolate Chess Pie, made with heavenly dark chocolate filling, shortbread crust and smoked salted caramel.
Why I love it: Who doesn’t love chocolate pie? And after walking around town all day, you deserve it.
Price Range: $
Lastly, if you do make it downtown, go for a run or bike ride along the Chicago Lakefront Trail. It is 18.5 miles of one of the best views Chicago has to offer. Lake Michigan is huge… not a bad alternative to the ocean.
Until next time Chi-town!
(All photos by Jessica and her team)