Last weekend we went to Chicago for the first time. The weather was warm and humid, but we’ve seen worse! The highlight of our trip was getting to visit with some of our good friends from the West Coast. Sadly, I don’t have a picture of all of us together to share. The six of us went to a Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field on Friday. We enjoyed the typical stadium food (greasy, pricy & totally unhealthy.)
Once our friends left town we ventured out for dinner and found a fun tapas restaurant called Tapas Valencia. We tried 9 different foods, and they were all good 🙂 I loved that we got to try small amounts of a big variety of dishes.
The next day we went to the Field Museum. This museum is right across from Soldier Field, the stadium where the Bears play football. My favorite exhibit was of the dinosaur fossils. The building was beautiful, and we spent several hours wandering around the three floors of exhibits.
After exploring the museum we walked back to our hotel, which was very charming. We stayed at the Wheeler Mansion, which is a refurbished old home that now serves as a boutique hotel. The bed was very large and the mattress was one of the most comfortable mattresses I’ve slept on at a hotel. The bathroom was lovely and had a shower tiled in marble. My main complaint is that we had no personal room thermostat, so we were very warm at times.
Feeling refreshed after a much-needed rest, we headed back out for dinner and to explore the city a bit more. Dinner was at Lou Malnati’s. We had the Chicago Deep Dish pizza (that’s supposedly great,) but it was just very average in my opinion. I actually like the pizza from our local grocery store better! However, our grocery store is pretty awesome.
After dinner we took the train to the Magnificent Mile part of town and walked around. I found some maternity clothes at Forever 21 and had ice cream at Ghirardelli. I was disappointed to find out the ice cream they use is not made by them but just a common ice cream brand.
My overall impression of Chicago is that it’s not a bad city, but it doesn’t have anything unique to offer. I prefer New York City, San Francisco and New Orleans when it comes to visiting cities. I’m glad I got the chance to see a new place, but I don’t have plans to return to Chicago.