I spent a glorious 24 hours in Chicago last week, kid free and husband free. Just me and my tour guide Kate, who happens to also be by sister in law. I was in Chicago Thursday night for a Stella & Dot party I was doing for one of the most amazing women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, Randi if you read this, you are awesome 🙂
I spent the night at Kate’s and then we got to explore all day Friday before both of us heading back to Grand Rapids, MI.
Woke up and headed out to do real city girl work, ie using our computers at a coffee shop. (not prostituting, just to be clear)
Kate took me to the Blue Door Farmstand http://www.bluedoorfarmstand.com, I highly recommend finding this place. The atmosphere is cozy and friendly, and the food is delicious. Kate and I both had the Sunrise BLT, it was served with greens and I have to say I’ve never had a salad for breakfast, but it was awesome. If you’ve ever had Garlic Expressions salad dressing (which is all we eat in our house) the Blue Door’s homemade salad dressing tastes amazingly similar!
I blogged, Kate actually worked, and we were just a super impressive power couple in the corner booth.
After we finished up the necessities of the day and were well amp-ed up on coffee, we rented some bikes and headed down to the lake shore. I’m pretty sure I had permagrin all day from our touristy adventures. We took our bikes to the Magnificent Mile and hit up the American Girl store to bring home some goodies for my girls. We walked down to TJMaxx, because lets be serious, its my favorite and the Chicago store did not disappoint.
Our final stop in our day was Eataly http://www.eataly.com
An Italian market, like I’ve never seen before, probably because I’ve never been to Italy…regardless, it was beautiful. Every backdrop is white, and all the food jumps right out at you. We grabbed a cappuccino and walked around, I started drooling when I saw the Nutella bar.
I was a good girl and just kept walking, but I was insanely jealous of the people enjoying their grilled croissants covered in nutella.
Then there was the desert case…
I decided it was time to try out a new floor.
Upstairs were people sitting a little cafe tables, or standing a tall tables eating a variety of foods and drinking wine and beer. I saw quite a few delicious looking meat and cheese trays go by.
Hanging cheese might be my new favorite thing.
There was a fish cooler, one for meat, one for pasta, and olives had their very own counter as well.
The quarter of the second floor was wine, there was a market for fresh produce, and they were even brewing beer.
Kate and I bought some jars of sauce, noodles, a sandwich to share, and I found Brandon, the hot sauce connoisseur, a new bottle to try.
We carted all our belongings to the ‘L’ and rode back to Kate’s apartment.
Like I said, it was honestly a perfect 24 hours. Thank you Kate for showing me how awesome your city is and being super touristy with me. I loved every second.
Kate the tour guide