48 Hours in Chicago

360 Chicago

Travel is like love; it’ll make you believe in the magic of possibility. – Emma Glassman-Hughes

I scheduled a weekend trip to Chicago in less than two days and it was one of the most adventurous trips I’ve had. Chicago is one of those cities covered by unique architecture and incredible neighborhoods. It was cold and it was rainy but it was still wonderful.

I had arrived through Wisconsin and I drove the next morning to Chi-town.

Saturday

10:00 am: Visit Mindy’s hot chocolate for a magical experience. This restaurant located near Pilsen is the perfect spot to grab a smooth, creamy, sugary hot chocolate with the perfectly moist marshmallows. It is definitely the best hot chocolate I had and I would go back to Chicago just for that.

Chicago Restaurant

5:00 pm: Unfortunately, most of my afternoon was spent buying and umbrella, going inside bookstores at Printer’s Row and eating at Potbelly’s. I decided to go to 3 Arts Cafe inside Restoration Hardware for an early evening supper. This place was magical with chandeliers, white furniture, brick walls and all the magic derived from the 1920s. It is a great place to come have a drink and daydream in one of their princess-built beds.
Chicago Cloud Gate

Sunday

10:00 am: Sundays are meant for fun times. During the morning I headed to the bean or Cloud Gate at Millennial Park. I took the touristy picture with the best pose I could perform. You have not visited Chicago if you do not take a picture there.

Chicago Foodie

11:00 am: On my way to Navy Pier, I encountered Molly’s cupcakes and I am glad I went in because their cupcakes were moist and so delicious. This cupcake store won Cupcake Wars season finale, is categorized as one of 10 best cupcake bakeries in the country and mentioned as best cupcakes in New York the Village Voice.

Discovering Chicago

12:00 pm: A ride at the Ferris Wheel was a must-do once I arrived to Navy Pier. This place is the perfect start to your Sunday adventures. Once on the top you can enjoy the skyline of Chicago. If heading to Sky Deck is not a possibility this place will do.

2:00 pm: Go to the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building and relax at 360 Chicago. The view from the top is awe-mazing and has Chicago’s newest thrill ride called Tilt! The views from the top are incredible and you can see all neighborhoods from North, South, West and East (as shown in first image).

3:00 pm: Explore Chicago River Walk and enjoy the magical architecture of this city. I spent the afternoon walking aimlessly around the city.

4:00 pm: I went to the American Writers Museum and it was one of the most educational and inspiring museums I have visited. If you are a writer or aspiring journalist like me, this place is a must visit. 
Chicago Riverwalk
Chicago Travel Tips

5:00 pm: I had reservations for Cindy’s restaurant located inside the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel but the menu did not impress me. I have a very restrictive dietary condition and the $100 dollars non-vegan meat was not an option. It is hip and has a nice rooftop, but I have already had my dose of skyline views. However, the lobby of this hotel is perfect for your Instagram feed.

6:00 pm: A picture by the Chicago Theatre (not pictured) is a must. I spent a lot of time trying to take the perfect shot but the lightning was not the best. Sometimes you just need to take memories in and forget the camera.

7:00 pm: Grab some coconut bread and bubble tea at China Town. I wish my city would have a China Town as I love exploring Chinese culture and going inside the stores. This time I found a nice Buddha statue for my house. I can’t wait to add it to my decor collection.

9:00 pm: I visited Lou Malnati’s for an ultimate Chicago experience; the deep dish pizza. I am not a fan of thick pizzas but this one was good. I heard Giordano’s pizzas are better.
Deep Dish Pizza Chicago

Stay tuned for more travel adventures with #jetsetterjanne

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