One of the cities I was most excited about when planning this road trip was Chicago. I only heard good things about this city over the years and felt that this will be a place that I’m really going to like. The so-called “windy city” was right up my alley, although it wasn’t as windy during our stay. We stayed at the Longman & Eagle, a special hotel you can read all about in my last blog post here. When we arrived at the hotel, hungry and a little tired, we decided to stay at their restaurant and try the food. And the creative and fresh dishes did not disappoint. A little stroll through the city and an evening cocktail at Roof at theWit were the perfect ending to our first few hours in Chicago. An electric design, a magical view from the highest floor of the building and good music is worth sipping on a rather pricey cocktail.
The next day we explored the inner city of Chicago a little more and I liked that it reminded me of New York but is not as hectic. It has a rather relaxed atmosphere rounded up with nice people everywhere. I especially liked the contrast of a big city and the beach vibe that you get when hanging out near Lake Michigan. On Michigan Avenue (The Magnificent Mile) my shopping heart was satisfied. Countless shops make it hard to not go over your budget. I also found that the variety of healthy food is much bigger in Chicago compared to other US cities. The Protein Bar and Whole Foods Market are save bets if you want to get a healthy lunch or snack.
I also liked the area where our hotel was located. Right at Logan Square this area offers a lot of creative little restaurants and artsy concept stores. The best sunset can be watched next to the Chicago Bears Stadium at Soldier Field. It felt magical seeing the sun disappear behind the skyline. Definitely a city I fell in love with and can’t wait to visit it again, hopefully soon.