This weekend was pretty low key so instead of a weekend recap, I will be recapping my Chicago trip. One side note - if you are looking for a good movie to see, check out Hell or High Water. SO good.
We headed to Chicago on Sunday morning. We got there right around lunch time, so we headed to my favorite, Portillo's. I have never seen that place so packed - the line was at the door! Well worth the wait, though. I had my usual, hot dog with everything and a chocolate shake. Seriously is the best thing. I so wish one would open up in the St. Louis area. Prior to the trip, I had looked online at different things to do. I came across a website that offered free, online, self-guided tours. Basically, you just go to the website (evisitorguide.com), pick the area you want to check out, then follow along the map. There are specific points of interest, where you can read a short paragraph or two. It's a really neat idea for when you want to just walk around, but also sight see at the same time. My brother had done a food tour in Old Town with his in-laws and raved about the area, so we decided that would be our destination. I am so glad we went there, because it is such a neat area. It has a bunch of restaurants and shops along the main road and then some super neat residential areas. We enjoyed a few stops on the tour, then hung out at The Vig for a few drinks and an app (delicious!). We got back to our hotel early evening and decided to give Shake Shack a try since it was right on the corner. I have to say - it wasn't as good as I was expecting. The shakes were so thick, it almost reminded me a Frosty from Wendy's in that you needed a spoon instead of a straw. The burger was really delicious, but I have had others just as good. After Shake Shack, we walked a little bit and enjoyed the streets of the city at night.
Monday, we had plans to meet my cousin for brunch. We went to a placed called Brunch - perfect, no? It was really delicious and not too crowded. Luckily we went when we did, because the waiting area was packed when we left! My cousin showed us around his neighborhood for a bit, then we checked out his new condo. It's so awesome - exposed brick and duct work, with a huge balcony and kitchen! The rest of the day was spent walking around an relaxing. We stopped at a place to eat a light lunch along the River Walk. There were some really neat areas along there and it was a perfect day to be outside by the water. Dinner was at RPM Steak. Other than Portillo's, this was probably the meal I was most looking forward to. Unfortunately, it did not live up to expectations. The apps and dessert were great. Even the potatoes we got as a side were delicious. But the meat was just not great and a good steak was the whole reason we had picked the restaurant. It was hard to cut and then plates were sliding around the table so it made it even harder. The plates were kind of a weird shape, too, in that you couldn't really set your knife on the edge without it slide down into the plate and all the juices on there. Again, everything else was really good, but how bad the steak was kind of overshadowed all the good.
It was hard to leave the next morning - every time I am in Chicago I get the urge to move there. It was a great trip and I cannot wait to go back!
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