Sunday, August 23, 2015

CHICAGO Continued and Finished

I know I have left all of you on a major cliffhanger with our Chicago trip. I shall continue on whether you want me to or not.

I completely forgot one of our meals! I know, how dare I? But it was actually one of our favorite meals of the trip and it was a place that we discovered once we arrived (without prior research). On Monday night, we went to a place called Bub City near our hotel. Bub City serves Nashville style BBQ and other great food.

For an appetizer, we had jalapeno poppers.

For our entrees, they had awesome sides to pick from. I got pulled pork served with something called Sweet Potato Fluff. Turns out, it was exactly what it sounded like.

Whipped sweet potatoes topped off with toasted fluff. 

Tim had burnt ends 

With buffalo tater tots

This place was really good AND they played country music. Our waitress was originally from Manchester, NH so that was cool too.

On Tuesday, we started off our day with some delicious donuts at Firecakes Donuts.

 I went for the birthday cake donut which was absurd looking back on it but totally amazing in the moment. I had to get a picture of its glorious two layers filled with frosting in between and all around and then covered in sprinkles.

The other donuts were much smaller and included Maple Glazed Pineapple and Bacon, Valrhona Chocolate & Espresso Cream, Old Fashioned Buttermilk, and Peanut Butter Cup. I swear that we don't normally eat this gluttonous.

After this ridiculous breakfast, we headed off to the river where we were going to take an architectural boat cruise around Chicago. It was the perfect sunny day for it.

I will save you from a million pictures of buildings by only showing a couple. You're welcome.

Willis formerly Sears Tower on the left

After this we had lunch on the riverfront at a place called City Winery. It was the perfect day to have a carafe/beaker of wine.

We souvenir shopped for a bit after that, rested back at the hotel, then headed off to Wrigley Field to see a Cubs game. Wrigley is very similar to Fenway but the area around seems a lot smaller along with the field seeming much smaller. Although, we felt we had a lot of legroom and seatroom. Weird.

We went to the Goose Island Beer Garden prior to the game as a last minute decision and it turned out to be awesome. For starters, they had limited editions of Goose Island beers made just for Wrigley Field and the food was really good.

The Cubs won! Also, they have this really great and corny song called "Go, Cubs, Go!" that everyone was singing around us at the end of the game. We felt left out because we had no idea what they were singing.

The next day, Wednesday, was our last day. We had a few hours to kill in the morning before our flight so after eating breakfast at a place called Brunch (genious, right?), we actually went back to Wrigley Field for some souvenir shopping in the area. I'm glad we did because we got to see the park when there wasn't a million people around and even got our picture taken.

After this, we headed off to the "beach" to see what a lake beach looks like. Remarkably similar to an ocean beach in case you were wondering. This was Montrose Beach in the northern part of the city. After this, we had to go back to the hotel to catch our flight.

It was such an amazing trip. As I mentioned, I highly recommend Chicago and there was so much to see and do that we didn't even get to do. Also, we avoided deep dish pizza (sorry, not sorry). So as soon as we got home, we had some legendary bar pizza from Town Spa in Stoughton. Initially we were going to go to Lynwood Cafe in Randolph but of course they were closed for vacation. Gotta love a good, greasy pizza (oh, and, with a Goose Island beer!) in MA.

I hope you all had a great weekend!


  1. Great blog! We felt like we were living your Chicago trip with you! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Why, thank you so much for reading, Mandy!!! You're the best :)