Start here for part ONE.
I really can’t emphasize enough how beautiful Chicago is in the summer. I do not miss the endless winters, but I miss Chicago in the summer. A vibrant energy, after being cooped up all winter, is unearthed. We experienced near perfect weather during our twenty-four hour stay. Chicago gets humid in the summer, but we were quite fortunate!
After sleeping-in until 9 am (yes, you read that correctly!) Jordan and I got dressed and ready for the day. We checked-out of the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel and walked to The Original Pancake House for breakfast. The Original Pancake House has several locations around the city, but we usually go to the one in the Gold Coast. Actually, we went there after our first anniversary.
When we lived in Illinois we always spent a night in the city for our anniversary.
It’s not hip or fancy, but they have a huge menu and everything is delicious. They serve generous portions. We could have easily split a meal, but we didn’t this time. If the weather is nice ask to be seated outside. We drank our coffee and people watched even after our meal was over. I asked for an iced coffee to go and it was surprisingly good.
After breakfast we walked back to the lake as Jordan wanted to take a few more pictures. People really do go to the “beach” in Chicago. It’s an interesting vibe as you have water on one side and skyscrapers on the other. There are quieter parts of Lake Michigan if you drive further north, but if you are staying downtown I suggest skipping laying out and instead find a spot to enjoy a picnic. The sand is chunky and rocky.
The day before I had a fleeting thought and wondered if we’d run into anyone we know. And we did! At dinner the night before and again while at the beach. Jordan was taking a few photos of me when I saw someone waving. At first I didn’t register they were waving at me directly, but they persisted and I finally caught on!
It’s cliché, but the world really is small.
With the time left (before needing to reunite with Phoenix) we went to Cindy’s, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel’s rooftop bar. It’s a shame we hadn’t been here before (I had been to Shake Shack, which is on the ground floor). Cindy’s gives an amazing view of the city!! Jordan and I will definitely frequent Cindy’s on future Chicago trips.
I joked that our twenty-four hours away felt like an entire week. Truthfully, though, it doesn’t take long to feel refreshed. If you have the opportunity to go away with your partner — do it! Stay nearby, so if you have to come home you aren’t far away. I wouldn’t have been ready to leave Phoenix any sooner (he also wasn’t sleeping through the night or a particularly easy baby), but we set the idea in motion months beforehand. It gave Jordan and I something to look forward too.
It’s a good to let other people love and care for your children, friends or family.
^ Millenium Park certainly isn’t Central Park size, but it’s beautiful and gives you lots of room to explore. They recently built a huge playground and I’m excited to bring Phoenix with us next time. There are often free concerts and events, so if you visit in the summer look through their website.
^ Our cocktails were delicious. Jordan ordered a Gin & Tonic and I drank a Moscow Mule.
^ I’m obsessed with my new Matt & Nat vegan backpack! I bought it to wear on outings when Phoenix isn’t with me (so it remains nice), but I want to use it everyday! It holds my computer and a book/planner perfectly.