We are back from Chicago! Sadly. Unfortunately. Waaa. We had a blast and kind of might have considered moving there a few times (might still be, as a matter of fact). We packed a lot in (in the course of the weekend and in our suitcases) in the short time we were there, which basically means we ate a lot. We really did. This post doesn't even include any of the Cupcake Crawl; which will be posted very soon!
Chicago, IL 60616
875 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Bijan's Bistro and Bar
633 North State Street
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Another one of the best things about Chicago? It's the home of Jessi. Taking full advantage of the fact that Jessi's brother lives in Boston and Sues's sister lives in Chicago, our little meet-ups occur quite often. We split up, Sues met up with Jessi and Laurel at Vintage Wine Bar, while Chels went to Lou Malnati's (below) where we hung out, chatted, and sipped some wine. Jessi also made it out for part of the cupcake crawl.
1942 Division Street
Chels met up with the mister friend for dinner and had heard lots of great things about Lou's. Now this is how deep dish pizza probably looks and tastes in Heaven. The actual crust is really thin and buttery which is what Chels prefers. We ordered a medium cheese, pepperoni, sausage, and spinach pizza along with a Caeser salad which was fantastic. A lot of pizza places miss the salad boat by just tossing any old thing together, but Lou's was on par. With 28 locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs, there really isn't any excuse to live in or visit Chicago without stopping by Lou's.
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria (various locations throughout Chicago and Suburbs) http://www.loumalnatis.com/
The CornerStone Cafe is Beth and Adam's favorite breakfast spot and it's pretty obvious why. The husband and wife owner are super friendly and remember most people who dine at their restaurant. Oh, and the food is pretty much amazing and incredibly inexpensive.
If you think that was a lot of food, get ready. Because you haven't even seen the cupcake consumption yet. Basically, we all gained 20 pounds this weekend. We were so sad to leave, but we have a feeling we'll be back. There's so much more to do (and more places to eat!)
Other spots we hit up:
Cru Cafe & Wine Bar: This place was awesome and our waitress was super fabulous. Then again, any place that serves cheese platters is OK with me. Plus, Adam got two dinners!
Cubby Bear: We went to Cubby Bear in the Wrigley Park area for a night out and to see Mike and Joe, a really great cover band that Beth and Adam love. Cubby Bear was lots of fun and made us realize that the guys in Chicago are cuter, taller, and nicer than guys in Boston.
Carmine's: Not the most fantastic service, but the restaurant has a great atmoshphere and the food was deliciously rich and amazing.
Kit Kat Lounge: Typed words can't do this lounge justice. Just plain fun! And we got to hang out with Adam's fabulous brother, Jason!
Thank you to everyone who helped make the trip a success... from the airport pick-ups, to the wonderful hospitality, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. We appreciate it all! And, Beth and Adam, since you showed us so much fun, we'll probably be back soon. Just warning you!
[Sues and Chels]