Weekend in Chicago

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The Bean

is located in Millennium Park and a must see when visiting the city. We went early afternoon on a cold day and it was still packed! If you’re looking to get the perfect photo I would wake up early and go.

Jumpsuit: Francesca’s Top: J.Crew Shoes: DSW (similar)

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Top: Old Navy Pants: GAP Shoes: LL Bean

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It costs $25 dollars to go up to the top but if you’re going during peak season I would really consider buying the fast pass. It’s also scarier than you think once you get to the top and look below you!

Lou Malnati’s Pizza

was AMAZING! This picture doesn’t do it justice.

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Eat at the Doughnut Vault

They have $1 coffee’s and amazing doughnuts! Who can say no to that? This location was on N Franklin St. and didn’t have any room to sit. However they do have another location that has more room!

Jacket: Northface Leggings: Aerie Hat: Patriot’s Bag: Pop & Suki Scarf: Banana Republic (similar)

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has tons to offer. The weekend we went happened to be the opening of Beach. Inside they have places to eat, shop, and a movie theater! Outside there’s the ferris wheel which was open when we were there. However a lot was closed since it was the winter. I’d love to go back in the warmer weather to walk around!

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View from the ferris wheel on Navy Pier.

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Top: Luca & Grae (similar) Pants: GAP Shoes: LL Bean

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Seeing a show here is a must! We didn’t plan ahead and just saw whatever was available at the moment. I don’t think you can go wrong with any show!

I went to Chicago over MLK weekend with my two friends. I have to say we got really lucky with the weather considering what they just endured with below freezing temperatures! We got an AirBnB in Old Town which was a good location to be in. At night it wasn’t too crazy or loud but close to the main attractions. We flew in early Friday morning and left Monday morning. Knowing we had a short amount of time in Chicago we wanted to get the most out of it!

The first day we landed around 9am and got into our AirBnB by 12. We took our time unpacking and relaxed a bit since we had been up since 5am! On the first day we made sure we saw The Bean. It’s located in Millennium Park which is a few blocks down from Magnificant Mile. It was recommended that we shop on Magnificant Mile but to be honest it didn’t have any unique stores to Chicago. We saved the shopping for our last day and ended up in Lincoln Park! We knew we had to get Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza and went to Lou Malnati’s Pizza. This pizza was out of this world! You seriously have to make sure you’re hungry because it’s a lot! But worth it. From there we went to Navy Pier to ride the Ferris Wheel. I think we lucked out because there was no line! I can not imagine it in the summer. But I do want to go back when it’s warmer! I wore this jumpsuit all day and was the most comfortable thing. The key to packing for Chicago was layers. I wore these fleece lined leggings underneath and this turtleneck. I wore the leggings underneath my jeans all weekend and I was never cold! The day ended with dinner at Eatily which after the pizza was really pushing it.

Saturday was our first full day. We started it with doughnuts from the Doughnut Vault! Did anyone else not know doughnuts were breakfast foods? Or just me… We went to the N Franklin location and were surprised that it was just enough room for us to order food. However their other location seem to have plenty of room to sit! The doughnuts were amazing and I was over ambitious by ordering two. When we were on Navy Pier the day before we saw the Beach, an art exhibition, was opening the following day. If it wasn’t the first day I don’t know if I would have gone because so many germs! We had lunch at 3 Arts Club Cafe in the Restoration Hardware store. The wait was a long one but you can go to their cafe and get a drink to walk around the store. As an avid HGTV watcher I loved looking at the each room display. That night we saw a show at Second City and it was so good. This show wasn’t even their most popular show and I still would recommend it. We went on their website the night of and saw what was open!

Our last full day we started at Santa Monica Chicago and the breakfast was so good! They have a cafe that you can even get pastries from if you’re in the neighborhood. We got last minute reservations so I would recommend booking in advance. From Santa Monica we went to Sky Deck Chicago. Since it was the winter it wasn’t crazy busy but I can see how buying a fast pass would be worth it during the busy months. I would also check the visibility before you go up! We got lucky and it was a clear day however some days it can change so fast you don’t know what you’re going to get. They do not issue refunds if the visibility is bad. For lunch we got the famous hotdogs at Portillos then went back and rested for the afternoon.