The Windy City: Eat, Sleep, Repeat!

Well, this past weekend was definitely one for the books!  The hubby and I decided to get some much needed time alone after dealing with all of the hustle and bustle from the week. So, we took advantage of the kids being away for the weekend, and hit the road to explore The Windy City- Chicago.

Our Stay

We actually decided to save a few coins and opted for a hotel down the highway from theChicago’s downtown. *cha-ching*  La Quinta was the hotel of choice since we’ve frequented there before and absolutely loved the waffles we got to make with the condenital breakfast they offer- did I already mention how much I love breakfast? Our savings came out to roughly $350 in our shelter expenses alone by going this route. This is a great option if you’re able to bring a vehicle or feel comfortable using an Uber or Lyft.

Our room was very quiet, cozy and sat off to the side of the building. We had a king sized bed, a refrigerator and microwave. The hotel also had an indoor pool, workout room and  free wifi! If room service is something you are into, don’t worry! Even though they don’t have a room service, there are a host of local spots that will deliver.  I  also want to add (my personal favorite) that Target (and Denny’s) was only a two minute drive away!

The Food

To start, well all know Chicago is a very large and diverse city. There are so many different restaurants and styles of cooking that one can experience. For this reason alone, we decided to eat out more that we usually would while traveling out of town. Since we love food SO MUCH, going to get a bite to eat was the first thing we did! Of course this was after taking a nap and a quick trip to Target lol.

Dusek’s 

Dusek’s  was our very first restaurant we visited once we got out and about. When I tell you this restaurant DID NOT disappoint! I was a little nervous since my tooth was aching from needing my wisdom tooth pulled, so I ordered muscles initially. I had never had them prepared this way, with the dry rub and butter sauce paired with it. OMG. I am so glad I did. To top that, the french toast platter I had was EVEN BETTER! Guys, I tell NO LIES when I say my taste buds were milly rocking all over the place after catching all sorts of flavors from the fresh fruit, crispy yet soft texture of the toast, and the delicious lemon curd and vanilla.

Duseks

Yolk

Yolk  was a cute little restaurant located in the downtown boarders of Chicago. We actually stumbled across this Gem on Google! Our wait was a tad bit longer than 20 minutes, but it was well worth it. Our portions of food was HUGE and the waffles were the best (according to my husband). My personal favorite was the bacon. They also had strawberry orange juice. This was something I   had NEVER heard of. *inserts confused face* We both gave it a try and it was different but still delicious.French toast was the dish I opted for, again. I know its a bit redundant, but I really wants to stick with dishes that would work with my tooth ache situation. Plus, I just love some french toast!

The Oyster Bah

The Oyster Bah  was a restaurant located in the Lincoln Park District. We found this restaurant while exploring the park and looking at the different murals in the streets and near the tracks. This restaurant was BOOMING. The wait was about 50 minutes, but we opted to sit at the bar, something we usually don’t do. Our serves was very nice and helpful when it came to picking out our meals. The clam chowder was very pleasing. It was my first time trying clam chowder and I was not let down.

Oyster Bah

The Crab Pad 

Ah, the Crab Pad. Located in Lincoln Park, this restaurant was so delicious we actually went TWICE. Yes, you already know. I got muscles BOTH TIMES. Don’t judge me! They were so meaty and tasteful that I was pleased to have them a second time around. Chris got crawfish and corn the first time and shrimp and corn the second time. I paired my protein with hot noodles flavored with garlic and butter. We both shared a bottle of peach tea lemonade. It was the perfect level of sweet. Not bland by any means, but not overly sweet and packed with refined sugar. Win! Win!

Wild berry Pancake Cafe 

Wildberry Cafe, located in Prudential Plaza, it actually a spot we’ve been trying to get out butts into for years! Yes, I hear its a tourist attraction, it’s always crowded and…the list goes on. I don’t care. That day, we were tourists. LOL. We got up at 6:30am to ensure we got there early enough to beat the rush. The food was PHENOMENAL. If you’re a coffee lover, I suggest the Honey Toffee Nut latte. It was awesome! Again, just the right level of sweet. The pancakes were perfect, as well as the bacon. I also like the fact that this restaurant is walking distance to Millennial Park. Check out this post to see all the activities we partook in while in Chicago too!

Janie’s Ice Cream

Jeni’s Ice Cream is a cute little shop also located in Lincoln Park. We stumbled across this gym because it was a few doors down from the Mac store, and seemed pretty popular. So, we decided to give it a try. Chris got the Brown Butter Almond Brittle and I went with the Black Cat Espresso. Both were very tasty, in their own rights. I will say, however, I should have gotten the flavor Chris chose. It was the best!

Jeni's Ice Cream

Well, we really did a lot of eating while in The Windy City! Out of the restaurants we visited, which one have you tried or would want to try? We plan to go to visit more (we really love Chicago).. Do you have any other suggestions of places to try the next time we go? I love to hear opinions and suggestions, so please leave them below for me!

Love Always,

Vera ❤️

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56 Comments

  1. June 8, 2017 / 2:11 am

    I’ve been dying to visit Chicago! We just haven’t got there in our previous trips over to the states (I’m in Australia). Will defintely keep this bookmarked until then! La Quinta looks really nice!

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      I love La Quinta chain. You can also stay in smaller boutique hotels for a decent price as well. Thats awesome that you live in Australia! I have been dying to visit. It’s so beautiful, from what pictures I see.

  2. June 8, 2017 / 9:21 am

    Everything looks so delucible!!! <3

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      It was Dana. If you go I totally recommend all of these places.

  3. Janel
    June 8, 2017 / 10:35 am

    Sounds like you had a nice vacation. I hope one day I get a chance to visit the windy city as well .

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:23 pm

      I really did. I hope you get to as well!

  4. June 8, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    Wish I could pack my cases and head towards Chicago. Haha!! The foods looks tasty. I like the look of the Wild Berry Pancake Cafe. Yummy!!

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:24 pm

      I loved Wild Berry. We have been wanting to try it out for a while. If you go, be sure to go early. The get packed quick!

  5. Jeanine
    June 8, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    Oh my goodness all that food looks incredible! I would love to take a trip to the windy city!

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:24 pm

      Do it!!!! You definitely won’t regret it. There is so much to do.

  6. Bri
    June 8, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Yum to all of that food! I’ve been to Yolk, I loved it! And also, Wildberry Pancakes looks amazing! What a fun time

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:25 pm

      I enjoyed Yolk too. I did like Wildberry more.

  7. June 8, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    Chicago is definitly on my bucket list! A couple of years ago we had planned on going, so I had everything planned out, as far as where we would eat and stay. I didn’t have any of these places on our list. But they all look/sound delish! I’ll have to change that list up a bit. We didn’t get to go at that time because our dog got very sick and needed surgery. So we had to stay home. However, it’s still planned to make it there one of these days!

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:26 pm

      Im sorry to hear that. I hope your dog is dong better. I also hope you get to go soon and try out some of these places. What places did you have on your list ?

  8. June 8, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    My daughter lives in Chicago and so we get to go about once a month. I have a long list of wonderful places to eat and things to do!

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:26 pm

      Thats awesome! Every time we go we ask ourselves, “Why haven’t we moved here already?”

  9. June 9, 2017 / 1:35 am

    I love Chicago. When I was younger we went to Chicago every summer. It has been a bit since I have been and can’t wait to return.

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Me too. I used to visit every summer when I was little as well. Its my mom’s home town. I hope you have a blast when you go back!

  10. June 9, 2017 / 5:38 am

    I haven’t visited Chicago in so long! The food alone makes it look worth visiting.

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:35 pm

      I know lol! That is so true. I want to go to the taste of Chicago. That would be heaven.

  11. Kristina
    June 9, 2017 / 7:58 am

    Chicago is a fun city to visit! It’s been a few years since I’ve been there. The food looks good! Never had oysters before.

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:38 pm

      I was scared the first time I had oysters. Do you like muscles?

  12. June 9, 2017 / 8:03 am

    I love Chicago! We drove up there for new years from St. Louis. We also ate at Wildberry, woah!

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:37 pm

      Are you in St. Louis? So am I! I loved Wildberry. What did you order?

  13. June 9, 2017 / 11:32 am

    Chicago has so many great restaurants it can be hard to choose which one to try first. I’m so excited to see there is a Jeni’s ice cream shop there. I love their flavor choices.

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:37 pm

      It really does. That was my first time going to Jeni’s. It was a real treat.

  14. June 10, 2017 / 5:45 am

    Wow such a great post!! I’m absolutely drooling over those food pics! I hope I get to experience the Windy-City for myself one day!

  15. June 10, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    Wow, that looks like an amazing time away! Without kids, I’d love a getaway like this! Those pancakes look delicious.

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:36 pm

      I think you’d enjoy either way. There was a lot to do that the kids would really enjoy too. We plan to bring our kiddos with us next time we go.

  16. Krystle Cook
    June 11, 2017 / 7:19 am

    I have never been to Chicago but it is definitely on my list. Looks like such a beautiful place with so much to do.

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:35 pm

      It really is. I hope you enjoy when you go!

  17. reesa
    June 11, 2017 / 8:42 am

    I was just in Chicago last month. I didn’t get to see nearly enough and I would love to go back to do things like this!

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:30 pm

      Same here. The last time we went, we didnt get to do everythig we wanted. We also limited ourselves to the downtown area. Biggest mistake! Im glad we really went out and explored.

  18. June 11, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    I’ve never been to chicago or stayed at a La Quinta. I love the term baecation though! Definitely something I plan on doing

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:33 pm

      Yes, Di! You desreve it. Please let me know how you like it when you do go. I want to go back already lol. Oh, and La Quinta is a very nice Hotel Chain. They all offer breakfast, which you cant beat. I will say some are more fancier than others. But I don’t get caught up on that anymore since I’m more conscious on what I spend money on and because we were literally only there to sleep haha.

  19. June 11, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    My husband and I were just in the Chicago area this weekend for a wedding and talking about planning a weekend to come back sometime soon. I’m so glad I read this because Wildberry Cafe is now on the list of places we have to go!

  20. Annemarie LeBlanc
    June 11, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    All the more reasons to visit Chicago! Oh my goodness, the food is so tempting. I love oysters and I would be heading over to the best restaurants in the area to have my fill. Yummy. I am happy you had a great time and stayed within budget. That’s awesome.

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:29 pm

      Thank you! I am also an oyster lover. I know you would enjoy it. You need go to visit!

  21. Brittany
    June 12, 2017 / 8:59 am

    I used to live there! It’s definitely a fun place to take the family for a summer vacation! I love this!

    • June 14, 2017 / 2:28 pm

      It really is. I wish I could move there.

  22. June 14, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    I am here for the food. Chicago is on my list of cities to explore and you have made look absolutely fabulous.

    • June 14, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      You should definitely got! It’s not too expensive and a lot of good restaurants really give you a bang for your buck!

  23. June 15, 2017 / 6:30 am

    Wow, very lovely pictures and very nice food. Great job.

  24. June 20, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    Great content! The pictures look amazing!!!

  25. Victoria
    June 20, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    Thanks for this Vera! I have always wanted to visit Chicago and try some good restaurants! The breakfast places look fabulous and I love seafood (it’s my favorite)!

    Have a good night- xoxo

  26. megha sethi
    June 21, 2017 / 2:17 am

    I always dream to visit Chicago. Your article has given me more opinions why I must visit Chicago. Great pictures with their splendid descriptions. 🙂

  27. June 21, 2017 / 3:43 am

    Looks. Like you had a lovely vacation… Superb pics too!!

  28. June 21, 2017 / 8:20 am

    Love this !! I visited Chicago a couple of summers ago and I love it !!!
    Glad you enjoyed your time 🙂

  29. June 21, 2017 / 9:30 am

    Chicago is on my list! And this just re enforced my plan! Thank you for sharing.

  30. June 21, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Your Windy City looks like such a fun place to visit! I also live in a windy City (in Idaho) and it’s not so nice.

  31. June 21, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    All the food looks so delicious!! Makes me so hungry. Would love to visit here someday 🙂

  32. sara
    June 21, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    all this food looks so yummy !!! great stuff !

  33. June 21, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Found this at the perfect time! My cousins having a wedding in Chicago in about 4 days and I wanted to explore while I was there. Thanks for the write up 🙂

  34. June 22, 2017 / 12:24 am

    Sounds like any amazing time, I must get back there for just a leisurely visit.

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