A few weekends ago, my friends, Tim, and I descended on Chicago for the beautiful wedding of our friends Stephanie and Brad. I had never been to Chicago before moving to Madison, and honestly I haven’t been particularly taken with the city. It is hard to like Chicago on St Patrick’s Day when everyone is acting like a drunken buffoon (yourself included).
However, this trip was the first time I saw the city in a new light, and Tim and I agree, it was the most we have liked Chicago to date. We had a delicious dinner with friends, explored the new Eataly (a new reason to get me to really like Chicago) and even did a bit of sight seeing.
Congratulations Steph and Brad!
Below are some shots from the trip, and a few recommendations for when you are in the area!
– Quartino – great option for a group! It is Italian Small Plates and the food is reasonably priced and delicious. Also, as the name implies, the wine comes by the glass, by the quartino or by the carafe. It gets busy, so be sure to make a reservation!
– The Gage – For some reason we always end up back at this bar. Great tap list, bartenders are super friendly, and an overall comfortable vibe.
– Perennial Virant – A relatively new restaurant in the Lincoln Park area. Brunch was very good, and all locally sourced. The area was adorable and teeming with people coming to and from the nearby farmers market (source of many of the ingredients).
– Eataly Chicago – it is no surprise that I LOVE Eataly, and this new iteration is no different, and dare I say, the bierreria is even better. They had the largest selection of Three Floyds beers I have seen outside of the brewery itself. I would love to have that Eataly right near my apartment.
– The Cloud Gate – aka The Bean – it’s obvious. A must see in Chicago, and a really awesome art installation. Also, really fun to look at all of the tourists, especially the ones using their selfie sticks.