Two weeks ago, I left for a girls weekend in Chicago with two of my friends from college. We had a jam-packed (and hot) weekend and so much fun! We are already thinking of where to go next. As promised, here is a Travel Diary from our trip.
Travel Diary | Chicago
Thursday was our travel day. We planned a later flight so we could all still work most of the day, and then left the Minneapolis airport at 8:40 p.m. The nice thing about the MSP>ORD flight is that you are really only up in the air for like 25 minutes. The rest of the flight is spent on the runway and during the ascend/descend. We couldn’t even get a full episode in! We each had a cocktail on the plane and cheers to our first of many girls trips.
After arriving in the Chicago airport, we boarded the Blue Line for a 40 minute train ride into the city. Trying to navigate to our hotel that night was a struggle, but after a 30 minute walk – we made it! Just in time for a quick drink at an appetizer at the bar and off to bed to prep for a fun Friday!
Friday we got an early start and headed to breakfast at Nutella Cafe. The food was delicious and fueled us up for Millennium Park. We took our bean photos like all tourists do and spent some time by the fountains.
From there, we decided to walk to the Navy Pier – and we definitely took the long way. We didn’t have a ton of plans for the day but knew we wanted to make it a point to check out the pier. While wandering into the entrance, we were stopped by a lady offering an architecture boat cruise and purchased our tickets. Why not, right?
A quick-lunch and frozen margarita later and we were on board for the boat tour. The tour lasts about an hour and a half. Our tour guide gave us history on most of the buildings and what companies have and do occupy them. I loved being able to learn more about the city while we were there.
Remember when I said it was hot. Yep – like almost 90 degrees the entire time. This being said, after the boat tour, we stopped and got a couple of bottles of wine and champagne and headed back to our room!
Our original plan for the night, on the suggestion of a co-worker, was to head to Giordano’s pizza. After realizing the wait was over two hours, and it was starting to rain, we headed towards the next closest restaurant, Sweetwater Tavern and Grill. The food was delicious and we got out of the rain.
It had cleared up by the time we were done eating. We made our way down to the Riverwalk and stopped at the City Winery. The winery was right on the water and awesome. They poured all of their wine out of a spout in a barrel and it was delicious. We made it through one glass and the rain started coming again. We found shelter in a small hotel bar. After realizing it probably wasn’t going to stop, we ventured out into the rain and back to our hotel.
We ended the night with tequila shots and some wine back in our room. It was a full day and almost eight miles of walking.
We left our hotel on Saturday for breakfast/brunch. Our original plans were to go to Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe – another 2.5 hour wait so we walked around the corner and ended up at Remington’s.
After breakfast, we walked to the Sears (Willis) Tower. It never crossed our mind that it was Saturday and the wait would probably be long. The line was wrapped around the block so we ordered our first Uber ever (I know, I know) and made our way to the Magnificent Mile.
After walking through multiple shops, and the amazing Nordstrom Mall, we were all ready to relax for a bit. We ordered pizza from Giordano’s for delivery and hung out in our hotel before getting ready for our final night.
Our last stop was the House of Blues for a Burlesque show. None of us had ever been to anything like it and I have to say – it was a blast. The show was located in the lounge portion of the House of Blues and there were about 50 people in attendance. To be honest, we were all a little skeptical and maybe uncomfortable at first… but after the first act we were all on board.
The show lasted until 11:30 p.m. and we walked back to the hotel to finish packing up and then head to bed.
Out of our hotel by 7:00 a.m., we headed to the airport to come home. By 2:00 p.m., I was back home to Nate and Nellie and had the rest of the day to relax and get ready for a full week of work.
I can’t wait to get our next girl’s trip on the books! I think we will be heading to Nashville!
Wedding #6 is tomorrow and then a full Saturday and Sunday of no plans. It is much-needed to just spent some time around the house and together. Next weekend will be jam-packed with a girlfriend’s bridal shower and bachelorette weekend – Check back on Monday to see the cutest DIY I am making for her bridal brunch! 🙂
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