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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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!
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!