Chicago, Illinois [ORD]

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So we are officially switching continents for the next little while, and getting to know places closer to home, for now.

Chicago is THE travel discovery of 2014 for me.

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I booked this trip on a whim because I had enough points to escape for the weekend and play third wheel to one of my friend’s trips there. There was another third wheel so it was a balanced request, in my defense.

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For starters, the CTA connects the city to the airport. Every major city in the world needs to catch onto this concept.

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I hopped on the blue line and was immediately taken by the four story homes, just as highly elevated-then-underground subway, and the collection of skyscrapers in the distance.

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The city’s best restaurants are crowded in the Loop and just across the canal.

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We watched the Blackhawks force a game 7 in the western conference final at a sports dive and then had a to-die-for meal at Bavette’s, a speakeasy French spot perfect for dinner with friends or an out-of-town date.

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Don’t miss out on Giordano’s deep dish pizza. The sauce, the cheese, the cheese, the sauce.

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Stop for lunch at The Purple Pig, an classy, polished mix of food from all your favourite Mediterranean countries. A half bottle of prosecco can be ordered, if ever.

We shopped along Magnificent Mile, where you’ll find everything you need (or don’t).

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Millennium Park is worth the trip, and save plenty of time for walking around, and gazing up at the insanely unique architecture this place has to show.

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Bavette’s, 218 W Kinzie St
The Purple Pig, 500 N Michigan Ave
Giordano’s, 730 N Rush St

 

 

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