So like I mentioned, we spent five days in Chicago for our honeymoon. Drew had never been before, and it had been ages sincre I went either. I’d only ever done long weekends there before, so being there for longer gave us time to actually explore the city, which was great! We had an amazing time and really good weather considering it was the Midwest in late June: only one rainy day! We did a lot, and drank a lot, and ate a lot (which was especially awesome after my wedding crash diet that took off 8 pounds in a little under three weeks, but required me to eat only about three quarters of what would be a healthy daily calorie count). I’m only going to get into the highlights, but for reference’s sake, we stayed at the Kinzie Hotel, which we LOVED (and I did not take any pictures of, sorry). The rooms are comfy and nice but mostly unspectacular, so if you’re looking for luxury accommodations, this is probably not your place. If you’re looking for a good home base for exploring the city, we were within 4-5 blocks of mostly every El line, so it was great in that respect, AND if you book through the hotel, they give you tokens for free drinks at their nightly cocktail reception, which had very decent finger food as well. We would recommend it and plan to stay there when we eventually go back someday. We also got City Passes, which were about $100/pop but got us tickets to five attractions that we got to get in the VIP lines for, so it was TOTALLY worth it because the longest we waited to get in somewhere was the aquarium and that was like 10 minutes.
Museum District: The Aquarium and the Field Museum are like right next to each other, so it was easy to knock these two out in one day. The kind of bummer is that we just happened to walk up to the aquarium first, so we spent quite a bit of time there. Since we’d been on our feet for hours already, by the time we got to the Field Museum, we were feeling a little drained and didn’t spend nearly as much time. Which we probably would have reversed if we were thinking about it, but that just means we’ll have to come back for a fuller experience of the Field Museum one day!
Wrigleyville: Drew’s a big baseball fan, so even though his team is the Twins, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to go to one of the most historic ballparks in the country and got us tickets for a baseball game! We got there early to have the whole Wrigleyville experience and ended up at Murphy’s Bleachers, which was super fun, especially when it started to rain and the little side bar we ducked into to escape the precipitation got a bartender and we were able to chill out and beer up for a few hours before heading over. It cleared up about 20 minutes before we left, so the sky was clear and blue during the game itself! The weather took a turn for the worse that night and cancelled our plans to go over to the Navy Pier for the fireworks because it was all tornado-watchy and severe thunderstormy, but at least it was nice for the part of the day that we really needed to be outside!
Viaggio: We wanted to do one “fancy” dinner while we were in the city, and Yelp led me to Viaggio, in the West Loop area. It was so good, you guys! My pasta was as fresh and perfectly cooked as any I had in Italy, Drew wanted his filet medallions to be his last meal, and the homemade limoncello was nothing to sneeze at either. We loved this place and we will definitely go back whenever we find ourselves in Chicago again!
Millennium Park/The Art Institute: Our final day in Chicago, we did that most touristy of Chicago things- went to see the Bean. Since it was kind of the middle of the day, the crowds weren’t as bad as they could have been, and even though I’d always thought it would be underwhelming it was actually really neat! And the art museum was amazing! I never knew they had so many Monets or O’Keeffes! Seeing paintings that you’ve only ever seen reproduced in person is really special, and if feet and backs never got sore I would have been here all day.
There were some things we didn’t get to do or didn’t get to spend as much time at as we would have liked, and we had such a fun time this go round anyways, so we’ll definitely be back someday!