The last time I was in Chicago I think I was 6 or 7 and it was for the sole purpose of going to visit the American Girl Doll Store (long may it live). Evidently, a visit has been long awaited for the Windy City.
With our spring breaks happening to fall on the same week, my friend Sydney and I decided to plan a trip for 4 days considering a dose of the city seemed like a good vacationing choice for our free week.
We stayed at the Fairfield Inn and Suites which was an absolutely perfect location for all of our activities. It was a street away from Michigan Avenue aka the street with all the shops you could possibly ask for. And it was probably only a 10-15 minute walk from Millennium Park which wasn’t bad at all.
Besides the location, split between the two of us the hotel pricing was only $215 for 3 nights, which I wouldn’t count as a bad deal either since it was a very nice hotel. The only downside I had was the thin walls between the rooms. Every night/morning, Sydney and I were awoken by a group of (what seemed to be) 5-10 girls screaming and talking as loud as they possibly could. It wasn’t an ideal situation, but luckily it didn’t bother us too much. I guess you just have to learn to adapt.
Throughout the trip, the both of us took a lot of pictures so I thought using those to express our trip rather than words would sum it up a lot more accurately.
We took off from Cincinnati at 7 a.m
The dying of the river for St. Patrick’s Day
A yummy brunch at Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe (who serve gluten-free pancakes I might add).
For the remainder of the day, we did a lot of shopping. Lush was probably my favorite store we stopped in and this location, was huge.
We finished off with the day with dinner at The Burger Bar and exploring Millennium Park which had been closed during the day due to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Ah, this is where tragedy struck. I had been sick for the last month with a weird cold that just wouldn’t go away but unfortunately throughout the trip, it became progressively worse (it has now been established as bronchitis). So after waking up with the worst headache, I tried to brave through breakfast though ended up heading back to the hotel after grabbing some Ibuprofen from the Walgreens down the street.
Sydney still went off to shop on her own while I slept for 7 hours in the hotel room. Luckily when I woke up, I was feeling so much better for dinner which was probably the pièce de résistance of the trip.
The Signature Room (more to come on this restaurant later)
We finished off our last day with brunch, enjoyed one of the first snowfalls I’ve seen all year and then headed back to the airport. Until next time Chicago.