Happy Saturday! Over the Holidays the hubby and I decided to take a trip to Chicago! Here is a review of what we did and most importantly where we ate! haha I’ve linked everything here for you to make it easy to shop and even book your next trip! Enjoy!
How did we get there?
We took the train out of St. Louis at 3:20 a.m. on Wednesday December 27th. It was supposed to be about a 5 ½ hour train ride but it ended up being almost 7! Ahh!! We arrived in Chicago at 11:30a.m. One thing I liked about the train was how easy it was to load our luggage and get on our way to our destination. The luggage was on a luggage rack on the same train car that we were on so we didn’t have to worry about it getting lost and when it was time to unload we could grab it and go. We got a Uber super quick and got to our hotel in under 15 minutes!
Where did we stay?
Now onto where we stayed. I CAN NOT say enough about the Hyatt Centric ! Beautifully decorated and upgraded rooms this 17 story hotel gave me all the feels for Chicago! It’s located just 1 block away from Chicago’s superior shopping, also known as the Magnificent Mile. Oh, and did I mention there was a Starbucks on the first floor!? Ahhmazing! The location of this hotel is perfect. We either walked or took an Uber to everywhere we visited and never paid more than $8 for a trip! I highly suggest this hotel if you plan to visit Chicago anytime soon!
What did we do?
Once we got checked into our rooms, we freshened up a bit, put layers on layers because the temperature was in the negatives, and headed out for a late lunch at the Corner Bakery Café. The great thing about this café was that it was literally on the corner across from our hotel. Is that convenient or what? I ordered a cup of the Cheddar Broccoli soup and a side Chopped salad, full of all – natural chicken, Applewood smoked bacon, and my favorite, AVOCADO! If you are looking for a quick eats place, I would recommend the Corner Bakery Café for sure!
Alright, now our tummies are full, time for some retail therapy! Seriously, Chicago has some of the BEST shopping! First stop, TJ MAXX & Marshall’s, all in 1 building!! From there, I went to the one & only, Nordstrom! With 4 floors full of fashion, I was in heaven! From there I stumbled upon Urban Outfitters & Gap! Boy did I find some treasures!
You can’t visit Chicago and not have their deep-dish pizza! With so many options, we decided to go with Giordano’s! Just a short walk around the corner from our hotel and vvalla we were there! Did I mention I love our hotel? The moment you walk into Giordano’s, you immediately smelly the yummy goodness, also known as Pizza! We pre-ordered our pizzas when we put our names in so that our wait time wouldn’t be as long once we were seated.
Now onto the pizza itself. I shared a small ½ Pepperoni ½ Pepperoni & Pineapple pizza with one of the girls on the trip. I know, I know, you’re thinking a small!? Shared!? 1 piece would be equal to 2 pieces of a Domino’s regular crust pizza. But let me tell you, Dominos has NOTHING on Giordano’s. Holy Mother of Pizza. Hands down, recommend this place to fulfill all your pizza dream! To top it all off, we ended the night, with dessert at Public House! The hubs and I shared the Vanilla Stout Cake Shake! Not only is it a shake but it has a slice of confetti cake on top! Um, YES PLEASE!
After a much needed sleep we are back at it Thursday morning! We started out the morning with a delightful breakfast & coffee at the cutest little boutique coffee shop, Goddess and The Baker. The moment you walk in you feel this good vibe all around you. I ordered the Morning Sandwich packed with scrambled eggs, ham, cheddar, avocado hold the sesame semolina. MmmMmm Good! I topped it off with a Honey Wildflower Latte.
From there we headed to Willis Tower to experience the Sky Deck. If you plan to visit while in Chicago I would highly recommend getting there when they open at 9 a.m. (in the summer) 10 a.m. (in the winter). We got there at noon and we waited in line for almost 2 hours! When we got to the top, the views were phenomenal. You literally feel like you are on top of the world!
Once we left the Sky Deck, we walked about a mile to Millennium Park where we enjoyed burgers & milk shakes at the Shake Shack! This is a “must eat” if you’re ever in Chicago! After lunch we walked to the park and checked out the famous Cloud Gate structure, also known as “The Bean.” It is one of the highlights of Millennium Park. The Bean is a great place to take your vacation snapshots!
The hubs and I wanted to end the trip with a nice dinner with some quality “us” time. We booked a reservation for 8 p.m. at Bar Siena located in the heart of ‘Restaurant Row’ in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Walk in and you’re greeted with a lively bar on the first floor and a vibrant dining area on the second. The exposed brick and industrial piping, gave just the vibe we were looking for!
Let me tell you, Bar Siena knows how to provide that five star service! Our waitress, Careen, was the best waitress I have ever had! Having waitressed for almost 7 years in high school/college I know what makes a good waitress and Careen was just that. I ordered the Sweet Corn Ravioli and Zach ordered the Short Rib Lasagna. We can both say that up to this point in our traveling careers, this was the best Italian we’ve ever had.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we ordered dessert. Now dessert at Bar Siena isn’t your typical dessert. They have what they call the “BomboBar” which is their bustling walk-up window on Green Street. If you dine in at Bar Siena you do not have to wait out in the frigid cold, which was just another plus! My choice for the night was their “Hotter Hot Apple Cider” topped off with a Bombolini on the straw! I have a picture of this heavenly get up! I would give anything for them to deliver to Nashville!
This was a short visit to Chicago, it was a great visit full of yummy food and great company! Shop all of my looks from the trip below!