Travel Diaries: Chicago

This past couple weeks has been crazy busy and it's only about to get busier. I was away for work in Edmonton only to come back for three days and then head out to Chicago for a girls trip with some of my besties from high school to visit our friend Kendra who is going to school there.

We had such an amazing time. If you haven't been, Chicago is absolutely beautiful. The architecture there is insane, and there is tons of fun stuff to do and lots of amazing food to eat. 

We happened to be there over Pride weekend so the vibe in the city was fun and busy. There was a ton going on, especially at night, so we had no problem finding great nightlife. Plus, our girlfriend had amazing restaurants planned. 

Every trip has a downside, mine was getting my phone stolen out of my purse at the bar. We were at this awesome dueling piano bar called Howl at the Moon. One second I looked down and my purse was closed and five minutes later it was wide open, and the phone was gone. It was shitty, (really shitty) but I wanted to try hard to not let it ruin my last night in Chicago with some of my faves. 

However, this one small downside didn't really matter in the end because we had SO MANY upsides to this vacay. I thought I'd list a couple of my favourite things we did incase you're ever in Chicago and need a little inspiration. 

Love these ladies - missing Emma BC!

Love these ladies - missing Emma BC!

I think my top thing we did was kayaking down the river in the middle of downtown. It was an amazing view, and such a beautiful day. We did a private tour with the six of us (heads up - to do a private tour you need a minimum of 6 people and it is the same price as going with the big group so this was perfect for us!) for an hour which was just enough time for us. We had an amazing guide who helped us - thank god no one tipped cause I was sure I was going to and almost didn't breathe for the first few minutes. If you're ever looking for something a little different to do in Chicago, this is an absolute must. 

Pre kayaking 

Pre kayaking 

Post Kayaking - super happy we didn't tip!

Post Kayaking - super happy we didn't tip!

We also did a lot of walking around and checking out shops, one great area was Wicker Park. We went to a cute brunch place called Mindy's Hot Chocolate, which serves more then just hot chocolate btw, and then walked around going into lots of vintage shops and tasting locally made ice cream (salted caramel in a waffle cone...SO GOOD.)

We checked out a lot of cute patios and restaurants, but two stand outs to me were Cindy's Rooftop and Frontera Grill. 

Could my friend Stella be more gorgeous?!

Could my friend Stella be more gorgeous?!

Cindy's Rooftop is located at the top of this really cool old building called the Chicago Athletic Club. It was basically a really fancy gym back in it's day and now it's transformed into a hotel and it's super beautiful inside. You take the elevator up to the rooftop and it opens onto a stunning green house vibey patio and restaurant. You can go outside and overlook Millennium Park having a glass of wine, and trust me it's worth it.

Cindy's Rooftop

Cindy's Rooftop

Amazing room that used to be a pool in the Athletic Club

Amazing room that used to be a pool in the Athletic Club

Frontera Grill is a Mexican spot located right in the centre of a bunch of night life so it's a great spot to go to before going out. The champagne margaritas are no joke insanely good. Four of us split four appetizers and they were all amazing, but this place is really really busy so if it is something you want to try in Chicago I'd recommend getting a reservation far in advance. 

So these are some of my peaks of the trip. It was so nice to get away with these ladies. Tomorrow I head out to Ottawa to see one of my besties Nicole and her new daughter who is my newest bestie! Then we drive up to Montreal at the end of the week for a Bachelorette! Can't wait to report when I'm back - cheers to the next adventure!