What To Do With 36 Hours in Downtown Chicago

Hi friends! As promised, I have a full recap for ya of our trip to Chicago last weekend including photos from our amazing accommodations at ACME Hotel!

The purpose of visiting Chicago this past weekend was for My Boring Man’s – Patrick’s – grandmother’s 90th birthday party, which was basically a huge family reunion. His grandmother has 11 children, so you can imagine what a packed room it was! We spent the first few days of our trip in the suburbs outside of Chicago meeting many, many family members, and enjoying some much-needed downtime. It was truly an honor and a pleasure to meet so many wonderful people.

It was my first time visiting Chicago, so we made sure to set aside our last night for downtown sight-seeing, which meant packing all of the things we wanted to do into about 36 hours ๐Ÿ™‚

First of all, we checked into our hotel.

As you can see, it’s super cute, quirky, artsy – all good things in my book! Besides the fun spa, we loved the free morning coffee that was delivered in a thermos right outside our door! You can also have room service delivered too. All you have to do is tell the front desk what time, and they will “knock and drop” meaning they knock on the door and leave it there so there’s no awkward bill pay/tipping sitch. Just deal with it later. Um, genius.

They also have a lot of other fun amenities like an Apple Watch you can borrow or even Google Glass! Crazy, right? We really enjoyed our time there and will definitely be back!

Ok so after checking in, we walked and walked and walked like a million miles seeing everything in the city – Shopping on Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park, The Bean, and the Navy Pier were some of the must-see tourist spots, and they did not disappoint!

I also got to play with my new camera a bit ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok so eventually, we decided we needed to go to a museum because there are so many good ones in Chicago, and it’s good to be cultural! We went to the Field Museum where we saw Sue the T-Rex and these famous lions, the man eaters of Tsavo (super ominous, right?). See pic below. It was very cool.

After that, we went to the hotel, relaxed in the spa, then got ready to meet my friend Charlotte, who I haven’t seen in almost ten years! She suggested we have drinks at The Signature Lounge, which is on the 96th floor of the Hancock building. As soon as we stepped off the elevator, we were blown away by the most stunning sunset and view of the city!

Right?? So unreal! Oh but the best view is in the women’s restroom…

Pretty cool, right?

After that, we had deep dish pizza (I was a first timer!) at Lou Malnati’s, which was suggested to us by several people. It was in the cutest neighborhood. Every time someone said the name of this restaurant, I thought they were saying “Illuminati” haha…didn’t quite figure it out until I saw the place.

Oh! I almost forgot to mention we also had drinks in the hotel bar, The Berkshire, and they were delicious. Our bartender Joel was so nice too!

The next day, we had a slower start getting ready – enjoyed our knock and drop coffee and caught up on the news, then we headed out to the Architecture Boat Tour, which was not only super interesting, but also offered the best views of the city!

The photos do not do it justice! It was such a gorgeous day. By the time we were done, all we had time for was a quick meal at Shake Shack (which was bomb). Then,ย it was time to check out, head back to the burbs to say goodbye to grandma, then off to the airport!

Even though it was a quick trip, we still packed in a lot of fun stuff, and now have even more to add to our list for next time! If you have any ideas of things we should do in the future, be sure to let me know!

xo Lacey


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