Chicago Girls Trip - Part II
If you missed Part I of our Chicago trip, you can find it here. Now on to my favorite day of our trip, Friday! One thing I really wanted to do while in Chicago was go to a Cubs game and see Wrigleyfield. And as luck would have it, they were playing at home when we were there, so we bought tickets. Kenzie took the day off work so we could go Friday and make a day of it. As luck would have it, it was the warmest day of our trip. We got up and headed towards Wrigleyville on the "L" which was fun, I felt like it was a necessary experience for a trip to Chicago. One of my friends favorite spots is a place called Lucky's. I had heard so much about their amazing (and huge) sandwiches, so I was excited to try them for myself. They were just as massive and delicious as the girls made them out to be. They also had Shandy's with fresh squeezed lemonade which was the perfect treat before the game.
After our lunch, we went to a rooftop bar for another drink before the game. It was such a beautiful and warm day in the sun, we had the best time lounging in the sunshine and chatting. We made it into the stadium just in time for the start of the game. I immediately loved the stadium, it was just as I imagined it would be. Full of charm and so much history from America's favorite pastime. Wrigley Field just got a new jumbotron and I loved that they kept the old school style of green with classic writing, without the pictures you wouldn't even realize it was digital. We had a great time at the game and befriended the people sitting in front of us. The Cubs won and we got to hear the victory song, "Go Cubs, Go!" It was so awesome, I wish the Giants had a tradition like that! After the game we went to the Cubby Bear bar for a drink because my friends love it and wanted to show me. It was packed, definitely the place to be after a game. After a drink (and a little dancing) we decided to head back towards Kenzie's house for dinner.
We went to Lou Malnati's for Chicago deep dish pizza and it did not disappoint! After dinner, we came outside to find the beautiful day was no longer, it was pouring rain. We were only a few blocks from Kenzie's neighborhood so we decided to make a run for it and tucked into her local pub for a few drinks.
Saturday morning we woke up and went to brunch at a cute little spot called Chicago Q right near Kenzie's place. It was so good! They serve homemade chips and pickles at the table, delicious! And Erica and I made amazing bloody mary's at their bloody mary bar! We all had a great brunch, but I especially loved my biscuits and gravy with poached eggs. Afterwards we had to work off our feast so we walked to the lake. It was so crazy to me to see it in person, it really felt like we were on the coast. Hard to believe it's just a lake. I can only imagine how fun it is to go to the beach during the summer. Next on the agenda was a bacon and beer tasting! Kenzie wanted to tour a few local breweries for her birthday, so this was the perfect way to kick off the day! Our other friend Codee and her fiance EJ met up with us, and it was so fun to see her and meet her fiance! And our friend Troy from high school who also lives outside Chicago met us as well. It was so fun to see everyone and catch up! We went to a few really fun spots in Lincoln Park, but I was too busy having fun to remember to take pictures. At least you can get a glimpse of how awesome the bacon and beer tasting was!
We left Sunday evening but had a little time to explore before heading to the airport. We started with brunch at Publican and it was one of the best brunches I've ever had! And I've gone to many a brunch in my day! I ordered the spoon bread, which came with asparagus that had some type of whole grain mustard dressing on it, and an egg on top. It was incredible. We also shared an old fashioned doughnut and hash browns. We all loved our meals, I would highly recommend making reservations if you're heading to Chicago anytime soon. After brunch we walked around and Kenzie showed us different neighborhoods and we walked along the river for a little while, but it was so cold and windy we didn't last long.
We had such a great trip. I am so sad the Kenzie and Codee moved, but at least they chose an awesome city that we can come visit! We fit a lot in to just a few days, but I feel like there is still so much to see and do. Andrew and I are looking forward to planning a trip in the summer when we can enjoy more of what the city has to offer!
Clearly we pretty much just ate and drank our way through the city :)