CHICAGO, FOOD, TRAVEL

Chicago Food Part 1

I’m just going to go ahead and call this Part 1… (I would be sad if there wasn’t a Part 2)

If you can’t tell from the title, this is all about food (and drinks) that I have been enjoying in Chicago. I am not a food critic, but I like to eat and take lots of photos of my food. I would guess most of these restaurants are pretty popular here, but either way these are just some of the places I have been trying out in Chicago!

Breakfast/Brunch

Goddess and the Baker


One of those places that you see on Instagram. The food is all super cute, but also tastes good! I love toast, so its a great spot for breakfast or brunch. I have heard good things about the rainbow cake here, so I am hoping to try it soon!

Ann Sather


I went here with my boyfriend and a friend for brunch one morning. First of all, the portions are huge. Second, the cinnamon rolls are amazing and you get 2 as a side. We also made our own mimosas, and I really don’t think you can go wrong with a mimosa. Oh, I got an omelet as my main meal! 

Wildberry


I think this is one of those places that everyone goes to in Chicago at some point or every weekend lol. It was super crowded, but we decided to take on the almost 2 hour wait for brunch. I thought the inside of the restaurant was cute and the service was pretty quick. I got a veggie omelet and a side of the specialty wildberry pancakes. It was all so filling, but I really loved the pancakes! I can see why people would wait for so long to have them!

Lunch/Dinner

bopNgrill


I think this is my favorite restaurant in Chicago. I always get bibimbop because it is the only vegetarian thing on the menu besides fries, but I LOVE it so much. I love the mix of rice, veggies, and egg. It is so satisfying and flavorful. I would definitely recommend going there if you get a chance.

Revolution Brewing


I was hesitant to get anything when I went here because I am trying not to spend a whole lot of money here in Chicago (let me tell you, it feels impossible sometimes). Anyway,  I caved because I was told how amazing the veggie burger is at Revolution. And it was good! It was probably the best veggie burger I have ever had. The onions and the beets were so flavorful in and on the burger. I was stuffed afterwards, but it was worth it. Also, if you like beer, definitely check it out because the beer menu was huge.

The Hampton Social


The Hampton Social is another place you see on Instagram and it was on my Chicago checklist for the summer. I was so excited to go there and am happy I did. The actual restaurant was super cute and I felt so lucky to sit across from the classic rosé all day sign. I happened to be here during a pizza happy hour, so my margherita pizza was half off! I also got a glass of rosé because it seemed like the right drink to have. The pizza was huge and so tasty, and I didn’t hate the rosé (I’m not a wine person).

Dessert

Magnolia Bakery


Magnolia isn’t just in Chicago, but it is my favorite dessert spot so far. You really can’t go wrong with the banana pudding. I haven’t tried the chocolate flavor yet, but I plan too. Also, loved the rainbow coloring for the month of June. 

Gordo’s


Back at home, I go to get popsicles all the time, so I was definitely sad to leave my favorite treat for the summer. However, I tried out a place called Gordo’s which has popsicle/ice cream treats. I got berry with sprinkles on top and it was so refreshing. I want to try the mint and pistachio flavors next.

Drinks

Cindy’s Rooftop


The view is the best part of this rooftop bar. It looks right onto Millennium Park which I never get tired of seeing. I feel like such a mature adult when I am here because everyone seems so professional and well-dressed. The drinks are super cute, but obviously expensive because it is a rooftop in Chicago. The Moscow mules are really good here and other drinks that I couldn’t tell you the name of are tasty too. Overall, cute drinks and a beautiful view.

 

 

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FOOD, LIFE, TRAVEL

New Adventures 

Long time no blog! I am currently taking the train back from my job in Chicago right now! I am interning in Chicago the entire summer and have been settling in the past couple of weeks in the city and at my job. I wanted to take the time to share some things I have been doing and things I am excited about for my summer here in Chicago. It’s kind of weird writing about summer right now because it is actually pretty chilly out right now! But it has been warm ever since I got here. 


 I was a little nervous about getting lost and taking the train in Chicago this summer, but I’d say I’m doing pretty well so far. I actually enjoy the train rides most days. It is relaxing just staring out the window in the morning and having time to just do nothing and wake up more before I actually get to work. I am pretty proud of myself because I have finally begun to transfer trains to make my walk to work a little shorter. I was always scared I would get on the wrong train, but so far so good. There are a few things I don’t love about Chicago, but otherwise I love being here and exploring. I really don’t enjoy the wind. My umbrella broke on a rainy day so I was a little sad, but it just adds to my opinion that rain jackets are better anyway. Furthermore, I can barely move when I’m running because the wind just pushes me in the opposite direction. I also don’t like that I can’t go to a Kroger to grocery shop. I miss all of the selection and scanning my Kroger card at the end of my transaction. I imagine shopping at Aldi is saving me money though, so I think I can cope for now. Chicago is expensive, but I knew that so I can’t complain. Also, I really miss my home, friends, family, adorable cousins, boyfriend, driving in a car, etc. 


Other than those few things, I love it here. I think it is so nice to kind of be a real adult and make new friends. Other than the days I’m so tired, I like waking up early to catch a train and getting work done before anyone gets to the office. I also like actually being able to fall asleep right away at night because I’m so tired from getting up early and working out right before. It’s a pretty nice system I have going I would say. 

Regarding my job, there are a lot of really nice people and opportunities. I love the coffee and getting to work different things to ultimately discuss with my manager. I like where I sit at work. Of course I like the occasional free food. Overall, I am enjoying my job and think it’ll get even better as the summer progresses. 


I have loved seeing one of my greatest friends every day especially because before this summer we only saw each other a couple times a year. It is nice to explore and have nightly work outs with her! I also think the city is so fun. I think it’s pretty and love all of the food options because I’m obsessed with food. Having a city and a lake all in one place is pretty cool too because it is the best of both worlds. I love spending the week in the city and going to the beach for a day or part of the day on the weekend. 


I will definitely be posting more about my adventures this summer, so stick around for more! 

ENTERTAINMENT

Good TV

One thing I did this year was try out some new TV shows. I don’t have a Netflix account or a TV of my own, but my boyfriend has both. We got into quite a few shows this year and are looking forward to new seasons of many of them coming up this summer and fall. I had always relied on YouTube for my entertainment and think I will always prefer it just because I have been watching certain people for 8 or 9 years now. However, I really enjoyed a lot of different shows this year and wanted to let you guys know which my favorites were and some other good recommendations.

  1. Peaky Blinders- probably my favorite of all the shows we watched. Honestly, I thought I would hate it when we started it, but the characters are so interesting and draw you in to all of the action.
  2. Shameless- this may tie for first, but I’ll give it second. I was obsessed with this show for a few weeks. I loved the first 2 or 3 seasons and the characters. The show has definitely gotten a bit worse, but I still loved it, and am looking forward to new episodes.
  3. Parks and Rec- I loved how funny and how easy it was to watch this show. The characters were all so funny and I feel like as a viewer I was able to really get to know their personalities. I loved Jerry and Leslie the most.
  4. Narcos- it started out a little slow with the first season, and the second season seemed to speed by, but nonetheless, I loved Narcos. It was weird liking Pablo at some points and then feeling the exact opposite about him because of the things he did, but as always I loved the family aspect of the show. I think that is my favorite part of all shows.
  5. The Sopranos- this show is full of ups and downs. I loved the family aspect and getting to know the core characters. I think you can experience every possible emotion in this show. It can definitely be sad and almost scary at times, but it is still an awesome show.

Those are probably my overall favorites, but I also really enjoyed catching up on The Fosters (I used to watch it in high school), watching Stranger Things, and finally getting into The Secret Life of the American Teenager.