Jordan and I decided to visit our families in Chicago around Phoenix’s first birthday months ago. Chicago comes alive in the summer, which is why it’s our favorite time of the year to visit! I thought it’d be nice for Jordan and I to get away for a night, but I didn’t know if it’d actually work out. Thankfully, Phoenix started sleeping through the night a few weeks before, so I felt pretty confident we could make it happen!
Keep reading to see how we spent our twenty-four hours in Chicago!
I reserved a last minute hotel room at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago. It was a great price, the location was ideal and the rooms were really nice! We usually always stay on or nearly on Michigan Avenue. You don’t have to worry about safety and it’s central to public transportation. We left my parent’s house at two pm (after putting Phoenix down for his nap) and got to our hotel a little after three. Overnight parking is expensive, but we circled around and found a better deal than our hotel.
After checking in we started walking towards Room and Board. We wanted to see their chair selection. Our couch is from there (purchased in 2009) and while it was expensive it has held up amazingly! Has anyone else noticed the roomy chair trend?
Room and Board is next to Eataly, so obviously we stopped in for a snack. We selected a crusty loaf of fig bread and Moses sleeper cheese per a recommendation. Moses sleeper is similar to a French brie and was delicious spread on the fig bread.
Eataly doesn’t sell La Croix, so instead we purchased a bottle of lime sparkling water from Wiscopop. It was a bit more tart like a lemonade, but equally good. Golden hour was upon us, so we walked back towards Oak Street Beach to eat our snack and take photos. I really miss Lake Michigan. You can’t compare the Great Lakes to an ocean, but they all have a special quality to them.
After our snack we freshened up and left again to seek out dinner! We took a Lyft to the West Loop to find a restaurant in what they call the Randolph Restaurant Corridor. I wanted to make a reservation for Girl & The Goat (Stephanie Izard from Top Chef), but because our whole night was up in the air (until the night before) we found another place nearby. If you are coming to Chicago and can’t make a reservation in advance go to Little Goat Diner for brunch instead!
Bar Siena (despite the bro music playing inside) had a really lovely menu. Jordan and I shared a shaved zucchini salad and Sausage & Brussels sprouts pizza with braised onion and pecorino. The crust was light and airy which is nothing like the traditional Chicago deep dish, but honestly you can’t eat deep dish every night. We also ran into friends (who paid for our meal — so generous) at dinner!
On our way back to the hotel, we stopped into Grand Lux Cafe to snag a couple of their delicious chocolate chip cookies for dessert. They bake their cookies fresh for each order. Phoenix slept through the night and were slept in until 9 am! Bless it!
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