Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Windy City

Thankfully another vacation and here I am sharing all the big and small details :) Couple weeks back Mr and I headed to Chicago for a quick break from monotony and had the best time ever. It is a beautiful city with great architecture, good food, cleanest downtown I have seen till now and gustiest winds I have experienced.... There were times I could not step forward being pushed away by the wind and hail!!!!

Here is a quick breakdown of what all we did in case you guys ever plan a weekend trip to the beautiful city....

Day 1: We reached around in the evening and were welcomed with scary weather of torrential rain and hail wherein we felt we might end up spending the most of our trip in our hotel room. We stayed at Raffaello Hotel and I would highly recommend it majorly because of the convenient location and the comfortable suites. After checking with the concierge we decided to head to the Museum of contemporary art which was a block away. We spent the evening enjoying the beautiful displays, I would recommend checking out which artist's work is on display as they regularly update the displays. Tired from the flight and somewhat jet lagged we found the closest place for dinner : Baisi Thai. I wont lie I was skeptical after seeing average yelp reviews but due to bad weather we were the only customers, we got a seat with great street view, amazing service and the food was surprisingly tasty :) or maybe we were too hungry to process.

Day 2: We were much more charged and ready to explore the day. We started the day with a croissant and pastries breakfast at
 Hendrickx Bakery. This is a must try bakery with the most amazing collection of assortment croissants, macaroons and other pastries. Then we took a cab to the Sear's tower. Here is a tip to the first time visitors. It has 4 extended glass decks from which you can get the world underneath the feet view. In case you want to beat the lines to click pictures there, the extreme most is a setup wherein you can get professionally clicked pictures that can be collected later. We did this and were happy with the end results. Also it easily saved us an hour and a half. We walked to the Millenium park next, the weather being sunny, it was a pleasant walk. With the customary pictures in front of the bean and checking out the other displays we headed to the Art museum right across the street. Tip: In case you a re Bank Of America card holder, there is no entry fee. We spent a amjor part of the day exploring the museum and also enjoyed a light meal of soup and salad in the museum cafe. After resting for a while we headed to the John Hancock Observatory. Instead of buying the tickets to deck we went to Lounge area and got the same view.....
For dinner we went to Frontera Grill, it had great vegetarian options as well. The best food from this trip was enjoyed in the amazing restaurant.

Day3: Well rested, we started the day with a cab to the Navy Pier to explore the Lake Michigan views and took and architectural tour over Lake Chicago. This one is highly recommended, our guide kept the tor very informative and funny. After the hour and a half long tour we stopped at Zizi's cafe for lunch. the evening was spent shopping at Michigan Avenue. For dinner we decided to try the famous Chicago deep dish pizza and headed to Giordanos and called it a day as we had an early morning flight back the next day.

The trip left me refreshed and made me realize how important it is to kick back and relax every now and then. 

Hope this post would be useful to those planning to visit the city!!!

Coat: J Crew
   Shirt: Forever21(old)
Brogues: ALDO (old)
                                                                                                             Sweatshirt: ASOS

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