Breezing into the Windy City

10 Oct

Sometimes you visit your friends because you miss them, sometimes you visit because you are hungry and other times you visit because you happen to love the city they relocated to, but don’t want to visit during the 8 imminent months of bad weather.

Luckily I was able to check off all three of these reasons on a recent trip to Chicago to visit my best friend.

Classic bean shot at Millenium Park

Dinner at Girl and the Goat

I have been to Chicago once before and had done most of the touristy stuff (blech, deep dish pizza), so this trip to Chicago was all about maximum fun. Other than rekindling an important ladymance there were several highlights, mostly consisting of eating our way through Wicker Park and Lincoln Park.

A few of the things I ate that I loved:

  • XOCO – See picture for the chilequilles, basically a breakfast nacho feast. Make sure to get there early and don’t miss the churros!
  • Big Star Tacos – Get one of everything, trust me.
  • Girl and the Goat – Dinner was delicious but by far the foie gras marshmellow was the most heavenly thing I have ever eaten. It sounds disgusting and it kind of is…in a good way.
  • Publican – Fresh off a harrowing train ride from O’hare I went straight to this meatapalooza.
  • Crisp – Best Korean fried chicken EVER!
  • Maude’s Liquor Bar – My enjoyment of my drink was slightly hampered by an older fat gentleman toppling off his bar stool. The drinks are that good!

Chilequiles at Rick Bayless' XOCO

One non-food related highlight was the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s boat tour. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and taught me a lot about different architectural styles, however it was her handling of a drunk passerby that really impressed me.

View of the famous Corn Cob buildings from the Architecture Foundation boat tour.

As we passed under one of Chicago’s many bridges a clearly inebriated man flipped our boat the double bird and began screaming obscenities. With great aplomb our docent smiled and said, “I have been doing this for a long time and that has never happened to me before. Anyway, where were we? Ah yes, Mies van der Rohe and his right angles…” Gotta love a professional!

One last look at the Chicago skyline

Can’t wait to visit again (but not until the city is over 60 degrees and sunny)!

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