Ly and I went to Chicago for the weekend after having our trip postponed. We spent our plane ride there planning our trip, which was quite interesting since we hopped on the plane with no solid plans. 😛
Once we arrived, we picked up our car rental. We got this cute little Jeep for the weekend. (Thank you for driving, Ly!)
We stayed at the Fairmont, which was a nice walking distance away from Millenium Park. During our first night there, we ate at Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor since they still served dim sum at night. We got there at 1045pm and ordered more than we could eat. It was a bit pricey for average tasting food. We left a bit disappointed despite their good ratings on Yelp! 😦
After dropping off leftovers at our hotel (despite not having a microwave to re-heat our food), we ended up aimlessly walking around downtown late at night. Thank goodness for Ly’s good sense of direction because I totally got confused walking in circles.
The next morning, we ate at the hotel restaurant Aria since Ly had breakfast vouchers. “Cheap” food? SCORE!
After breakfast, we walked around Millenium Park.
We got to see the Bean! I was pretty excited to finally see it in person since pictures of it always looked so cool.
What I did not realize was that the cool part is when you get underneath the Bean. I did not realize I would see so many reflections!
Of course, we had to take some tourist photos too.
After the Bean, we checked out the rest of the park. We saw the Crown Fountain, which was pretty neat. Lots of kids were playing around in swim suits and occasionally, the faces on the fountain would spit out water.
Nearby were these super neat pieces of art.
Chicago reminded me a lot like SF, but with cleaner streets and humid weather. There were even bucket drummers!
Ly and I went to the Chicago Cultural Center afterwards. It was free, so we figured why not!
We decided to check out the Brookfield Zoo. It is a pretty big zoo and we only got to see a portion of it!
After the zoo, we walked 20 minutes to try to eat some popular deep dish pizza, but even the wait to put our names on the list was long! We ended up eating at Pizzeria Uno where we luckily got seated within 20 minutes despite there being a long line. Ly and I shared a small Numero One pizza and we were both full from one slice each. Their garlic bread was bomb too!
During the walk back to our hotel, we stumbled into Eataly. They have a Nutella bar there, but we ended up getting gelato instead. I left very satisfied as we walked down Magnificent Mile eating gelato. 🙂
But unfortunately, I knocked out early after our eventful day. Sorry Ly!