Play, Eat, See: Chicago

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A few weeks ago I got to travel with my best and longest friends to visit Chicago for the first time! I have been friends with these girls for OVER 20 YEARS... crazy to think about! We did a lot of eating, walking, bike riding, laughing, and went to bed every night by 10:00 which is my idea of a perfect trip. Here's what we did and would do again:


My favorite site of the whole trip was the flower scouting!! Every inch of Michigan Ave was lined with the most perfect tulips in all different color combinations. There was truly not one flower out of place it is so, so lovely.  I want to go back in December.. If this was just the spring decorating, I can't even imagine what Christmas decorating looks like.

3 Arts Club Cafe- 6 story Restoration Hardware, hundreds of chandeliers- enough said. I got an iced latte at the coffee bar and walked through every floor/display room- my idea of heaven. 

The Signature Lounge @ John Hancock Center- for a great view of the city from above. We didn't do the 360 Observatory Deck, although it looks awesome, this is free and you can get similar cool pictures. Below is the view from the women's bathroom!! 

Giordanos- for classic deep dish pizza- and delicious salad because sometimes you hit a cheese wall and need a piece of lettuce. 

Happy Camper- For super fun atmosphere and delicious pizza (and cookie dough balls for dessert). Inside the restaurant there are campers that you can sit inside, tire swings at the bar, old school video games at the tables, etc. I looooved the pizza here!! 

Hampton Social- Probably one of the most famous Instagram spots in Chicago (see below). Love the preppy coastal vibes here. I got the banana bread french toast which was to die for and I have been craving ever since. Also, more inside swings- can't go wrong with that. 

We rented bikes from Divvy and rode down the beach/lake and around Navy Pier. Perfect way to see all of this because it would be a long walk, but it was an easy bike ride! Make sure to set a timer on your phone because you have to check your Divvy bike in to a checkpoint every 30 min to avoid extra fees. 

Loved Chicago so much!! It was so clean for being a big city, the food couldn't have been better- but of course the laughs and catching up with my friends was the best part ♥

Love, Bailey

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