Chicago, Illinois is such a beautiful city. The first time I came here in 2017, I did all of tourist attractions with my mom…in one day. I didn’t think I would come back here any time soon; however, my bf and I were invited by his friend to visit The Windy City just a few days back in August. We were fortunate enough to save some money and stay a friend’s place just outside of Chicago. To my surprise, my experience during this stay was completely different from the first time I came here.
The apartment we stayed at was in a clean, quiet neighborhood that was a 2-minute walk from the Lake and a few minutes walk from the train where we would take a 20-minute train ride to the Chicago Loop (Chicago’s downtown).
We were there for a total of 5 days, giving a great amount of time to explore. We didn’t have a huge checklist when we arrived and everything we did was played by ear.
Wrigley Field – Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds
On our first day in Chicago, we met up with a few of our friends who were also visiting the city. Although I’m a Dodger fan, we were all able to get tickets to watch the Cubs play at Wrigley Field. I loved that getting to the baseball park was simple and quick by taking one train ride.
Navy Pier + Fireworks Show
During the Summer, Navy Pier has an amazing fireworks show every Friday. We found that the best view toward the end of the pier.
Lincoln Park Zoo
We tried to spend little money as possible and we heard that the Lincoln Park Zoo has free admission!
Since we had a so much time in Chicago, we decided to take the train north to Evanston away from the tourist attractions. It felt nice to walk around a quiet, clean city.
We saw an advertisement about the Bahai Temple on the train ride to Evanston and decide to head over there since it was on the way.
Last time I came here, it was Memorial Day weekend and the line to get into the Sky Deck was 3 hours long; HOWEVER, we went on a Sunday and still waited 2 hours to get to the top floor and another hour standing in line to get a picture in the glass box…
If you plan to visit the Sky Deck, I recommend you to buy the early bird ticket and avoid the long lines during the day.
It’s All About the View
Since Chicago is filled with tall buildings, there were few rooftop restaurants and bars that we were able to check out.
12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
875 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
The Signature Lounge is the place to go, especially if you don’t want to wait in line for the 360 Observation Deck. You get to sit in a lounge on the 95th floor with an amazing view.
401 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
WHERE WE ATE
Chicago, IL 60654
We stumbled upon this Chinese restaurant which had absolutely stunning interior decor. It gets very busy during lunch time, so I recommend trying this place out after the rush hour or during Happy Hour from Monday through Friday.
WHAT WE ORDERED:
Spicy Szechuan Xiao Long Bao
Crab Xiao Long Bao
Pork Belly Buns (MY FAVORITE)
Phew, that was such a long blog post! Hopefully I mentioned some places that you would like to check out when you come to Chicago! I really enjoyed staying away from the Chicago Loop and exploring outside of the city and seeing how beautiful the other neighborhood were. A big thank you to Richie who toured us around and let us stay in his place!