The Windy City

Chicago, oh Chicago! Where do I begin?

I returned to the Windy City this past weekend, and what an adventure it was!

My parents met Nick’s parents for the very first time. (We’ve been dating for over five years!) They spent the previous week in Toronto, and we chose Chicago as the neutral grounds for our ‘Meet the Parents’ trip. The fact that the New Zealand All Blacks were playing the USA Eagles, drawing large crowds from both New Zealand and all over America, only reaffirmed this decision.

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Despite the initial nerves, everyone got along swimmingly and we managed to fit in quite a lot of sightseeing in between the rugby watching/celebrating. If you’ve never watched a rugby game before (my parents’ hadn’t) seeing the All Blacks is akin to seeing the Rolling Stones live in concert. They are mesmerizing on the field, and you too will be a rugby convert.

I was pretty set on hitting up a few of my favourite Chicago spots in between all the rugby action. Although I missed out on a few spots, C.C. Ferns, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, and The Bongo Room, to name a few, I’d highly recommend the following:

Heritage Bicycles
This bicycle shop and café is an excellent way to kill two birds with one stone. I stopped here to ogle the bicycles and sample the delicious coffee, and wasn’t disappointed!

Stan’s Donuts
Cake-style donuts made fresh to order in an assortment of flavours. I sampled old-fashioned pistachio and it was incredible!

Big Star
I visited Big Star on my most recent trip to Chicago and ordered from the takeout window as I was alone and didn’t have reservations. What a wonderful decision that way, these are the best tacos I’ve ever eaten!

Avec Restaurant
This tapas restaurant is probably the best I’ve ever been to. Everything on the menu is amazing! And all the servers were dressed up as their boss from Halloween (I only know because I inquired.)

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM (no shame!)

Intelligentsia Coffee (I was able to take home some of my favourite Black Cat espresso beans!)

Millennium Park & The Art Institute of Chicago:
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We also spent a great deal of time perusing the beautiful architecture Chicago has on offer. I’m ever amazed by this city’s skyline.

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Deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati’s is also a winner in my books!

Thanks for reading, let me know your favourite Chicago spots!

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