Hej Chicago!

I was in Chicago a couple of weeks ago touring around and visiting with friends. It is a fun city with lots to do and see. During this trip I mostly spent my time sight-seeing, shopping and tasting some of Chicago’s famous foods. Here are some of the highlights of my trip:

The ‘Bean’ at Millennium Park

Discount Shopping

The area around N. State Street and W. Washington Street have lots of great stores that offer designer products at a discounted price. I would recommend checking out the following stores: Filene”s Basement, TJ Max, Nordstrom Rack, Macy’s, Forever 21, and Charlotte Russe.

Flat Top Grill

Flat Top Grill on Wabash (near Madison) is a great place to fuel up after shopping. For $9.99 you can have unlimited stir frys. You pick your own ingredients and they will fry it up for you with this delicious bread (pictured below). Definitely would recommend this place! Here is the website to find one in your city (unfortunately not in Canada): http://www.flattopgrill.com/

Magnificent Mile

Magnificent Mile is no doubt the best shopping street in the city (if you can afford it!).  You can find Chanel, Coach, Saks and the like along this stretch of the city.

Atomic Cake from Wolf’s Bakery

Apparently this is a favourite among Chicago cake lovers. It has several different layers such as chocolate and vanilla cake with layers of fresh bananas and strawberries in between. It was delicious!!

Indiana Dunes State Park 

We took a day trip to Indiana to see the Indiana Dunes State Park. We went to the Beverly Shores beach area and walked along the beach. Even though it was an October day it was sunny and pleasant so we weren’t too cold (although too cold to swim). I would love to come back in the summer!

The Original Vito and Nick’s Pizzeria

This pizzeria was featured on the show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri. See episode: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at Vito and Nicks. The restaurant is a really popular place for locals in this suburb called Hometown. Walking in was like stepping back in time. The restaurant’s decor is straight out of the 1960s, carpet wall included!  All the pizzas are thin crust and pre-sliced into vertical strips.  We ordered a cheese pizza with spinach and mushrooms. The pizza tasted pretty good but because it was so thin you could almost eat the whole pizza to yourself! If you are ever in the area, it is definitely an interesting place to see!

Note the carpet wall in the above picture and the turquoise bar stools in the below picture!!


One thought on “Hej Chicago!

  1. Vito and Nick is actually in Chicago, blocks away from the small suburb of Hometown, at 85th Street and Pulaski Road. Worth the trip to this neighborhood gem.

    The Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue) has all price points for shopping, from the ultra luxury to Filene’s Basement, Home Goods and Nordstrom Rack.Throughout the shopping district are lots of boutiques with a great variety of goods. Also plenty of variety to have a simple or fancy meal.

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