A Weekend In The Windy City

We love you New Orleans, but we all need a little getaway every now and then. We decided to skip the second weekend of Jazz Fest and head to Chicago [sorry  not sorry that we missed out on all that rain and mud].

As true NOLA Babes, we were there for the food, the drinks & a great Instagram photo or two!

Getting There

You might be thinking, “Weekend getaway? in Chicago? But that’s too far & maybe expensive!” Think again, Babes. We flew Spirit Airlines for $116.00 roundtrip + $31 each way for a carry on bag. Although fares vary every single day, this is the perfect direct flight for a weekend getaway. It leaves at 5:30pm in the afternoon and comes back at 11am giving you enough time to take a half day at work, come back and still have time to rest from your vacation!

Chicago River Night
Babes Tip: O’Hare Airport is pretty far from the city, save yourself some money for shopping at the Magnificent Mile and take the Blue line train to the city ($5/person – takes just about the same time that a taxi would!)

Babes & The Goat

We don’t like to freelance when we go to a new city, so we obviously did our research. Literally Googled “Best restaurant in Chicago” and Girl & The Goat was the first result. Words cannot describe this place. It’s cozy, chic, yet it has a very welcoming feel. The menu is creative and very different to anything you’ve ever seen before. Girl & The Goat’s concept is for you to share plates, but you place your full order at once, and they will bring out the dishes in order of richness.

Bread Girl and the Goat
Olive You Bread
whipped feta. extra virgin olive oil

Cocktails Girl & The Goat
Best of Three
ketel one vodka . pimms #1 . cucumber . lime
Girl and the goat chicago
Roasted Cauliflower
pickled peppers. pine nuts. mint
Empanadas Girl and the goat
Goat Empanadas
Seafood Girl and The Goat
Calamari Bruschetta
clam baguette. goat milk ricotta. goat bacon. green tomato
Goat Carpaccio Chicago
Goat Carpaccio
smoked trout roe. olive-maple vinaigrette

We recommend you get a reservation, there was not a single seat empty when we were there.

Up All Night To Get Brunch

Although it was 45F outside, we had to explore the nightlife. A Houston-blogger friend, originally from Chicago, recommended we try Three Dots & A Dash, a Tiki lounge.

Three Dots and A Dash Bar

From 200+ rums to choose from, and a fascinating cocktail menu, all served in the cutest glasses – we have to say this place is a MUST for a Chicago weekend getaway.

Tiki Bar Chicago

The morning after drinks one MUST get brunch so we headed over to Le Pain Quotidien. We spotted this place by checking out local food instagrammers. This cute little spot in front of Millennium Park did not disappoint. From tasty mimosas to organic artisanal bread baskets & house-made hazelnut spread…Well, let’s just say the pictures speak for themselves.

Le Pain Quotidien Chicago

Brunch Chicago

 

Exploring Chicago

Chicago has so many amazing attractions, and you can definitely hit all of them in a weekend. We recommend buying the Chicago City Pass for $98.00, it gives you access to all of the major attractions which would normally be more expensive to go to if you buy tickets to each individually.

Bean Chicago Nola

We spent at least 3 hours in the Art Institute of Chicago with great company. From Monet, to Warhol & Degas, this is definitely a spot you don’t want to miss!

Andy Warhol Chicago

For those of you who love animals like we do, don’t miss the Shedd Aquarium. It’s a short 10min Uber ride or 20+ min walking from the Art Institute.

Aquarium Chicago

You definitely cannot miss the gorgeous views from the John Hancock Center’s 360 Chicago & The Willis Tower Sky Deck. Hopefully you have better luck than us and it’s not super cloudy when you visit!

360 Chicago View
360 Chicago View

Chicago 360 Views cloudy

Thou Shall Eat Pizza

Obviously, we were going to eat pizza in Chicago. It’s only our favorite thing EVER. Some people recommended Giordano’s, others Lou Malnati’s so we tossed a coin and ended up in Giordano’s and OMG. It was definitely one of the best pizzas in the whole wide world. Come hungry, and be prepared to take leftovers home. The pizza takes 45 minutes to make, so we had to have plenty of appetizers to keep us busy.

Cheesey Garlic Bread
Cheesey Garlic Bread
Fried Mozzarella Giordanos
Fried Mozzarella

Now behold, the beauty that is this pizza:

Veggie Pizza Giordano's Chicago

Deep Dish Chicago Pizza

Magnificent Mile

Walking down Michigan Ave (Magnificent Mile) is a must for every NOLA Babe, not only because it’s a Chicago landmark, but because they have all of the stores we don’t have in New Orleans and you’ll want to shop till you drop!

Magnificent Chicago Il

John Hancock Chitown

Magnificent Mile Shopping

In between shopping and checking out 360 Chicago, we stopped for a lighter snack at Labriola’s Café. You can never have too much Italian food in your life, right?

Labriola Cafe in Chicago
Creamy Tortellini
Chicken Parm Chicago
Chicken Parmesan Sandwich
Tiramisu in Chicago
Tiramisù and Coffee

Sweet Endings

Walking back to our Hotel, we stumbled upon the cutest little donut shop. We turned to instagram to check out if it was worth going into, and what do you know, it’s one of the best donut shops in the city! We always come in too late when District Donuts has their Maple Bacon Donut, so we seized the opportunity to try it at Glazed & Infused in Chi-Town.

Glazed & Infused Chicago
Donut Heaven
Glazed & Infused Chicago IL
Maple Bacon & Triple Coconut Donuts

Our final two stops were crucial for the last night in this gorgeous city. We had an early flight in the AM so we couldn’t drink too much. We found a wine and tapas bar close to the hotel, Enolo Wine Cafe. It was small, cozy and had a great wine menu. We couldn’t settle on which bottle to get so our server recommended their wine flights.

Chicago Wine Bar

Wine Bar in Chicago

Enolo Chicago IL

After a few vinos, we got a little hungry and just HAD to check out a spot that we unfortunately don’t have in NOLA: Shake Shack. NO REGRETS.

Shake Shack Chicago Il

Till next time, Chicago! You were fabulous. If you want more recommendations or would like to add your Chicago musts to our blog comment below or email us!

XOXO,

The Babes

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