Checking out Chicago
As this summer winds to an end and we welcome in fall, I wanted to share with you some views from a recent trip to Chicago. With the exception of our California-New Mexico road trip last winter, I haven't left the Pacific Northwest since COVID restrictions went into place over a year and a half ago. Fortunately, I was able to head to Chicago in late August to visit my sister and parents. It was great to feel the energy of the city, marvel at the architecture, and connect with family again. I went to college in Chicago so the city holds a special place in my heart.
Food and Drink
We were able to soak in the summer weather and check out a few local restaurants in the area:
Bro Bagel: Bagels are one of my favorite breakfast foods - a fresh bagel with cream cheese and lox is such a satisfying way to start a weekend morning. I loved the salt bagel paired with the fresh chive cream cheese at Bro Bagel.
The Perch Kitchen and Tap: If you are looking for some fantastic, elevated American bar food, check out the Perch on Division Street. Not many places in Seattle serve fried cheese curds so I always order some when I am back in the Midwest (I will always be a Midwesterner at heart). The Perch's take had a light tempura-style batter with the quintessential cheese pull. I paired the curds with a delicious brussels sprout salad.
Quartino Ristorante: Quartino is a popular Italian restaurant in River North serving small, shareable plates. This place was perfect for a family dinner because we were able to try lots of different dishes: lamb pasta, bruschetta, roasted asparagus, spring pea risotto, fresh gnocchi to name a few... all without being totally stuffed or over budget.
Lonesome Rose: If you are looking for a beautiful rooftop garden or fancy Mexican cuisine, check out Lonesome Rose in Logan Square. The paloma and fish taco bowl was the perfect pair to their lush and cozy rooftop deck.
Jeni's Ice Cream: There is a reason people wait in long lines for Jeni's ice cream - the creamy, rich ice cream comes in unique flavors like brown butter almond brittle or gooey butter cake. The best part is that each single scoop can be swapped for two half scoops which means more opportunities to try out their amazing flavors.
Below are a few of my favorite shots of the Loop and Wicker Park, where we spent our time while visiting. Once traveling is safer, I hope to go back and explore, eat, and drink my way through the City's diverse neighborhoods.
Have you made any end-of-summer trips? Have you been to Chicago? If so, what are some of your favorite places to explore? Share you thoughts and recommendations in the comment section below and we'll add them to our list of places to visit next time we're in the city!