Seeing as I had the absolutely fabulous opportunity to hang in Downtown Chicago this past weekend, you’re getting the (deep) dish on some of my trip highlights. Between the music, the culture of Chi-Town and a BYOB brunch to rival some of NYC’s best, I‘ve got some awesomeness to share with
y’all you all.
Let’s talk eats… obviously, I managed to get a BYOB brunch in there (2x). Yolk in South Loop (S Michigan Ave btwn E 11th St/E Roosevelt) was legit. We rolled up with bottles of Prosecco, ordered some orange juice to-go and hung out/drank in the courtyard while waiting for our table. Once we were called, we had some top notch egg dishes in skillets, omelets and sammies – everything costs under $10 and includes your choice of pancakes (a HUGE order), an English muffin or toast. Oh, and there’s NO CHARGE for Egg Beaters or whites. Kick ass deal. This girl LOVES it.
Music? Yeah, there was music. Holla for Lolla(palooza) – some of my favorite eargasm-able artists rocked the crowd. My highlights include:
Foster the People – Houdini
Phantogram – When I’m Small
Manchester Orchestra – I’ve Got Friends
Local Natives – Cubism Dream
Fitz and the Tantrums – Don’t Gotta Work It Out
Culture, ok, there’s some of that too. Chicago-natives and tourists alike will enjoy the Architecture Tour ($25-35) – it’s a 90 minute expedition through the Chicago waterways checking out the buildings that make Chi-Town architecture truly remarkable. You get a little history, learn some fun facts – and hey, you’re on a boat! It’s definitely another attraction I deem worthy of looking up for – c’mon kids, your neck can handle it.
After a long day of adventures in the windy city, treat yourself to a delicious little dinner – I’m a big fan of the inexpensive family-style Italian fare at Quartino. Thin crust pizza may not be Chicago’s signature slice, but the folks at Quartino know how to make a mean crispy pie. Not in the mood for Italian? Not a problem! Sign onto Savored.com and get hooked up with 30% off the total bill at the city’s hottest restos. Over and out; it’s been real, Chicago.