Chicago is a classic northern city, situated on the great lakes providing wonderful waterfront scenery, bursting with mid-western charm. This past August, 2014, I spent a few days in Chicago, visiting my good friend who moved, and attending the Chicago Veggie Fest. This was my second time in Chicago, and the more of Chicago I see, the more I really love it.
My Chicago based friend is a great host, and loves exploring the city, so even though he literally just had his wisdom teeth removed the day before, we made the most of the two and a half days I had there. The first day, we headed to the art museum per my very firm request, as I had missed this on my last visit to the city.
The Art Institute of Chicago was well worth the admission fee of $23 since it contained one of the best art collections I have seen in some time. The museum had classic art, but my friend and I focused on modern and contemporary art, which is our favorite.
Following this, we headed over to a relatively new market/restaurant called “Eataly.” Eataly was an Italian themed market, with fresh products for sale, and mini restaurants upstairs offering freshly prepared food. They had various stations and offerings throughout the two story establishment, including wine tastings, Italian beers, a Nutella station, and fresh meats and cheeses if you are into that. If you would like to stay and eat, there are several small restaurants upstairs offering different menus, and featuring different types of food. If any of you have been to KaDeWe in Berlin, this is a very similar type of place.
P.S., there’s an Eataly in New York City so I hear, so if you are around that part of the world, be sure to check it out!
After this, we went back to Millennium park, a newly renovated outdoor space containing a large outdoor stage, several art displays, and flower gardens. They just happened to have a free outdoor concert that night, and were serving some local beers, so we stuck around for the show which was a classical concert dedicated to the Northern Lights. There was also an accompanying story, which was intriguing to the little ones. There were seats available up front, but many people chose to bring their families and make an event of it, bringing picnics and bottles of wine.
On such a short trip, I feel like I saw a lot in Chicago, but I still want to see more. Like I need an excuse to go back…
What did you see in Chicago?