After getting off a late flight Thursday night, we woke up refreshed and ready to explore on Friday. Since J had class, M and I were on our own! We found the Chicago transit system (CTA) to be very easy to navigate. Our first stop was the Art Institute of Chicago.
It's a gorgeous museum, and I really loved the impressionist wing. We also highly suggest the miniatures room on the lower level. A former Chicago socialite constructed miniature replicas of famous rooms all over the world, and it is incredible. Our minds were blown!
After our museum jaunt, some refueling was in order, and we followed J's suggestion to get deep dish at Lou Malnati.Yum.
We headed back to meet J and then went to a restaurant in Old Town, Adobo, for dinner. It was gourmet Mexican and incredible! I went with their quinoa and veggie tacos and was very impressed. Our waiter was also super enthusiastic and kept bringing us margarita after margarita.
We then stopped at Glazed and Infused. Holy doughnut.
We then headed to lunch at the RL Cafe. As soon as we decided we were making this trip, brunch at the cafe been my one request. It totally fulfilled all my navy & gold, dark paneled, equestrian portraits, and preppy dreams. J had the lobster bisque and a caesar salad while M and I both went with the grilled cheese and tomato soup. Chic American comfort food? Yes please.
We also popped into the store itself, and it is beautiful. I was forming a Christmas list in my head from all the cashmere, tartan, and leopard!
Our next destination was the John Hancock center, the second largest building in Chicago. We waited in line for a spot at the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor. The views of the city were incredible! One of my freshman roommates from UVA had recently moved to Chicago and joined us for drinks as well. It was so much fun getting to catch up with her and hear about her exciting move.
|Image courtesy of J|
It was such a fun and food-filled trip! Thank you J for hosting us and showing us a great time!