So, I've been wanting to do a sort of travel post series. So, here I am writing about my most recent adventure to the Windy City.
This past weekend I traveled to the Windy City for my cousin's college graduation party. From where I live, Chicago is about 5-6 hours away, so it's a decent drive. It's kind of a tradition to start off any adventure with Starbucks. I know it's cliche and maybe dumb, but we're all a little obsessed with it. After we get coffee and breakfast, we hit the interstate. As we had been driving for about 1 1/2 hours, my mom decided that she needed to stop by the mall to return some stuff. So we hit the mall and returned and also bought some stuff and grabbed some snacks. After that we hit the road again and continued the long drive there.
We got to our hotel around 2 and were able to chill and unpack until supper. Honestly whenever I stay in a hotel, my first instinct is to immediately turn on Food Network. So that's exactly what I did! Dinner wasn't until 5:30, so I had ample time to dive into an episode of Cutthroat Kitchen! Then I got ready to eat dinner at Morretti's in Edison Park with my grandparents. It was a super cute Italian restaurant with outdoor seating. Their thin crust pizza is amazing!
Day 2 consisted of navigating through the city. We headed to the Randolph Street Market. A super cute antique/vintage market. But before we could get there, we made a detour to my cousin's roastery, Limitless. He recently became involved with a company that roasts and brews their own coffee and distributes it to major companies like Google and Amazon. We got to sample every product on tap, which was amazing and totally fulfilled my caffeine tank for the day! Just a side note, salted caramel cold brew is amazing, so if you ever get the chance to try it... JUST DO IT!(:
After that we headed to the market. I didn't actual end up buying anything but, I took some neat pictures and my sister got some neat pieces. It was mostly people who had tents set up with loads of antique furniture, clothing, and household items. It was neat to kind of walk through history and think of what was going on while that chair sat in someone's living room. I also got to eat Ice Cream Truck style ice cream, so that made me pretty happy!
After the market, we headed back into the suburbs to drop my grandma off and then head off to dinner with my other grandparents. We ate Famous Dave's, which is a BBQ joint, that is delicious. I had a pretty heavy walking taco for lunch, so I went light at dinner and got soup and salad. It was great to catch up with them, since my family doesn't make it into Chicago very often.
Day 3 was the day of the actual graduation party. And since that didn't start till 1, we stopped at Nordstrom Rack where I picked up a super cute flannel shirt and a lipstick. Because can a girl ever have to much flannel or lipstick? The obvious answer is no. Then we headed over to my aunt's house where the party was being held. We help finish setting up and then partied till about 3:30. It was great to be able to see all of my family. Getting to catch with them is one of my favorite things! Since we had a 5 hour drive, we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to drive back. On the drive back, we hit a pretty heavy rain storm so, we ended up having to stop for about 15 minutes to let it settle. Iowa has had some pretty bad flooding this summer, so we wanted to be cautious. We didn't end up making it home till about 9:30. Overall I had an awesome trip and am excited to see where my next adventure will be!
My name's Abby. I am a Iowa Culinary Institute graduate, current owner of a small online bakery, and a transaction coordinator to a couple pretty cool realtors. All in all, life is busy, but the kitchen never changes, so join me as we Take on the Kitchen!