CHICAGO, weekend

Exploring Andersonville

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I was home in Chicago for the weekend. Connor and I decided to head to Andersonville on Saturday to explore a bit and get some coffee (that was our main reason for going haha).

We got there around 12pm and walked around until about 3pm. We drove there because it takes a little while to get there on the train with transfers and such. Luckily there was street parking and quite a few spots available.

We planned to go to one of our favorite coffee shops, the Coffee Studio, but ended up parking in front of a different coffee shop, TrueNorth. We decided to try it out instead. Upon entering, we noticed the many specialty lattes and cute details that went into the shop. There are quotes painted on the walls, lots of globes on the shelves, and books/games to enjoy while you are there.

I ordered a cardamom lavender latte and Connor got a pumpkin pistachio latte. There were quite a few food and smoothie options as well. Once we had our coffees we found a spot in the back of the shop to sit and read some of the travel books there. One of the best things about the shop is the seating and how big the shop is. There are plenty of different sized tables which was is nice. I feel like coffee shops are always so small and sometimes it can be hard to get a seat! We talked and flipped through the books awhile and then headed out.

We walked by a mural I love that says “anything is possible” and I obviously took some photos. Then we headed the other direction where many of the cute shops and restaurants are. It was a really cold and windy day so we popped into stores as we walked along. My favorites were Enjoy, the Andersonville Galleria (basically a bunch of little shops in one), Uncharted Books, and Foursided. I got a couple greeting cards to send friends and did a lot of window shopping.

It was so nice to get out and explore a little bit. I find myself staying in more during the winter because it is cold, so it was a great way to spend part of the day. I would say Andersonville is a good place to go on a colder day because everything is pretty close together and there are so many shops and restaurants to go into. There are also 5 or 6 different coffee shops to try out as well! And one last plus is all of the “You Are Beautiful” signs throughout.

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