Friendly Chicago

Chicago was the first official stop of our epic coast to coast road trip.  It's a place that we dreamed of visiting for years and boy did it live up to our expectations.  We spent three days discovering the windy city's history, architecture, food, beaches, neighborhoods and people.

All songs in the video from Chicago born artists, except one, from Montreal.

Here's a list of our Chicago faves:

EAT & SLEEP

We love food and part of our adventure is finding special dining spots.  Our secret is: always ask the locals.  The easiest way for us to do this, is by using Airbnb when it comes to accommodations.  This time we rented a room in the trendy Wicker Park area and not only was our host, an awesome host, she also had perfect suggestions (thanks Rocio)!

The first spot we checked out, in "our hood" (or hers) was Bom Bolla, a Spanish wine bar serving fresh and simple tapas with a great selection of cava wine. We went twice. In three days.  The first night we arrived late and were lucky enough to sit next to the sous-chef.  She was so friendly and offered us the manchego cheese cake, her own secret recipe.  Have a slice and thank us later.

 

We also loved Lula Café in Logan Square.  On Monday's they have a farm tasting menu and it's out of this world.

If you're looking for quick, cheap and deliciously authentic Mexican food try Taqueria Los Comales.

MUST SEE & DO

Architectural river cruise

P.S. if you're traveling with your dog, which we like to do, they have pet friendly boat tours too!

Millennium Park

Soak in the public art! Take your picture at Cloud Gate (aka The Bean) and splash around The Crown Fountain.

One of Chicago's many beaches

Chicago was HOT in July.  It was amazing to be able to tour and take a dip to cool off, at a gorgeous beach, right downtown.

Pilsen

Walking, shopping, eating in the hipster/Mexican area of Chicago, as the locals call it.  It has a really interesting mix of trendy shops and stores selling authentic Mexican goods.  Cool street art next to Mexican style homes.  Spend an afternoon here.  Comet Vintage and Modern Cooperative were some of our fave shops.

We were lucky enough to be in Chicago during the Taste of Chicago Festival.  Problem is, it's really crowded.  But still a must for the experience and to enjoy the live music.  WARNING:  Lineups for food are looooong, which may lead to you not eating, like us.

Though we couldn't catch a show at Double Door, it's a venue that's known to welcome bands before they make it (such as The Smashing Pumpkins).  We unfortunately showed up as a show was ending but it looked like dive bar heaven.