My first trip to downtown Chicago was filling to say the least. My good friend @thankUforfoodz (Twitter) made sure that I indulged in the Chicago classics including stuffed pizza from Giordanno’s and the Chicago style hot dog from Portillos.
We even did a walk through of Eataly and grabbed a snack at the newly opened Latinicity.
What’s a visit to downtown Chicago without a stroll around the Millennium Park? It’s a great atmosphere with lots to take in. I made the mistake of going to the Art Institute of Chicago mid-day when I should’ve gone first thing in the morning. There was so much to see. I took in all that I could and was exhausted by the end of it but not too exhausted for the next adventure of looking for Coco’s Deep Fried Lobster. Just as I arrived, someone had placed a huge order of the lobster and didn’t leave any for me. So, without disappointment, I ordered fried shrimp, fish, collard greens and french fries to share with @thankUforfoodz.
On the way to Coco’s I stumbled upon Merz Apothecary full of an assortment of natural soaps and products. My excitement for natural soaps has become a real thing. Especially after finding the cutest soap made in Germany in the shape of an angel. It doesn’t last long but the scent is amazing and worth the short time spent together. The Apothecary is also where I discovered Olbas Natural Nasal Inhaler, for my unruly sinuses. Soothing and provides temporary relief, it doesn’t leave my purse.
We caught an improv Shakespeare show at the iO Theater where many comedic legends have performed. The show was hilarious. I was impressed with how well the actors worked together and came up with jokes- in Shakespeare.
After a member of the audience suggested Blockbuster as the theme for the entire show, the moral of the story was Don’t be Blockbuster, be Netflix! (Let’s be real, nothing was wrong with Blockbuster back when. It had its day, but now Netflix owns the meaning of chill).
On top of all of the sightseeing and eating, my dear friend @thankUforfoodz hosted a Game of Thrones dinner party. She made jambalaya, cornbread, salad and rice. Her friends came over with dessert (the best assortment of frozen yogurt I’ve ever had. Ever.), wine and other munchies. Real #GOT fans can get together anywhere and bond over theories and jaw dropping moments from previous episodes.
This city has so much to see…and eat. I have to get back for more experiences.