OlgaDavis30: A Little Staycation in Chicago

Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Little Staycation in Chicago

I love being able to visit our wonderful city of Chicago. It’s definitely a big city to explore. I’m all about trying to take vacations near home and this summer was no exception. Our staycation this summer was a little different as we decided to leave the little ones at home. Yes, it was the first time leaving Olivia for more than one night. I’m not sure why it left me sad, because this summer I feel like I’ve needed a break from my kids. I wonder if I’ll ever be able to truly take a one-week vacation without my two girls. Any other parents suffer from separation anxiety like me? Usually it’s the child that’s upset, but not my girls. They were excited to be visiting Abuelito and Abuelita, because as we all know, grandparents let their grandchildren do whatever, and eat whatever they want. My parents are no exception.

The good thing about a staycation is the commute. We can easily drive or take public transportation into the city. We drove since we were already going to be dropping of the girls on our way. But once in the city we utilized the CTA and Uber to get around. We booked a room at the Hyatt Centric that was right off of the Mag Mile, close to shopping, restaurants and public transportation. The Hyatt had great service and a beautiful spacious room.  I loved that we had a Kuerig in our room, since I can never figure out those other hotel coffee makers, and how awesome is the hair dryer from Dry Bar? I had an awesome hair day! The floor was nice and quiet so we could have a good night’s sleep which I was desperately looking forward to since my two-year-old tends to wake me up at 5 am! 

You can’t visit the city without shopping. Nordstrom’s had their anniversary sale so I had to restrain myself (which by the way is through August 6th). Stopped by some usual spots like The Gap, Forever XXI, and the new Ulta store near the Chicago River. Definitely take a stroll along the River. They have the cutest TikiBar/Restaurant - Island Party Hut.

Getting around the city is easy on the CTA. We took the Red Line up to the Addison stop. We took in a baseball game at the friendly confines, Wrigley Field. My husband had not been there since the renovations so we went early to take everything in. Park at Wrigley is a nice size and on game days only open to ticketed guests. It was nice to sit out there and have a drink before the game. Take advantage of Wednesday’s Movies at the Park, August 9th features The Sandlot (one of my childhood favorites). For a new view of Wrigley, we also decided to take a look at the Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern. We went up to the terrace and could see the whole park and the outside of Wrigley (and the new hotel that is being built across the street). Inside Wrigley they also have lots of food options. I opted for Wicker Park's Pork & Mindy's and a had a pulled pork sandwich served on a bao bun with brown sugar-coated "Pig Candy" bacon bites. Yum! Sadly, the Cubs lost to the Sox. After the game we hit some local spots, and noticed that a whole chunk of Clark Street is getting redone. Can’t wait to see what’s coming. 

Dinner (in my opinion the most important meal of my day) was delicious. We went to Cantina Laredo in the Loop right on State Street. My carne asada was so good, but it was far too late to take a photo of a half empty plate. It was also National Tequila Day so they had a nice drink special. And they offered table side Guacamole so you know you’re getting a fresh batch. 

The next day we decided to keep it Chicago style and went to Uno Pizzeria for some deep dish. Makes your mouth water don’t it? There are so many other spots to eat at while visiting Chicago, like Eataly, Frontera Grill, RPM Italian, Ruth Chris Steakhouse, Bub City, and for a fun drink go to Three Dots and a Dash. 

Some great quick spots to visit are Millennium Park, The Art Institute, and Navy Pier. If you have a lot of time definitely take in the view at the Willis Tower (aka the Sears Tower) or Hancock building. Breathtaking to see the city from up high.   

What kinds of activities do you do on your Staycations? Any other spots we should hit while in the City of Chicago.

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