This weekend, my mom and sister came into town…so I got to channel my inner tourist! They came into town early on Saturday morning and stayed in the Loop, so everything we wanted to do was close or easily accessible by the train.
The first thing we did was go to the famous Eataly and enjoyed some light food and, of course, some gelato. After this, we walked around the city and went up to some rooftops (Cindy’s Rooftop has a wonderful view and is free!). I was also forced to go to the bean, where my sister and I took a typical tourist photo. Just when you think we were not being tourist-y enough, we went to Lou Malnati’s and had some deep dish pizza for dinner. Anyone who has lived in Chicago long enough knows that one should not go out to deep dish if they are in a rush. Since getting deep dish was about a three hour ordeal, we called it a night.
On Sunday morning, we ventured out to the West Loop for brunch. The West Loop has some of my all-time favorite restaurants in the city, and it also has great views of downtown. My mom, sister and I went to the Allis for brunch and all really enjoyed our meals. The Allis had wonderful decor throughout the restaurant as well, which allowed for some great pictures. After getting brunch, we went back downtown and headed towards the art institute. I always try to get here fairly early on the weekends, because in mid-afternoon, the lines become very long. Although I had already seen a lot of this art before, I never get tired of it. My favorite part of the Art Institute is the Thorne Miniature Rooms, and I recommend everyone to check them out!
While I was forced to take a picture at the bean, I did have an amazing weekend with my mom and my sister.