The husband and I just got back from a fabulous trip to Chicago, sans kiddos. In the past seven years, we've only traveled without our girls a couple of times and when we did, we were either on a work trip for Khale or going to visit family. So, needless to say, we were pretty darn excited about this trip.
And it didn't disappoint. We had a bit of an issue leaving Denver and had to fly standby which got us to Chicago later than we had planned but we made the most of it and went out to a fun Irish pub before crashing in our suite.
Breakfast on the patio of the suite. I may have made corny jokes about our view being "suite."
After breakfast we hit up the Art Institute. Khale and I both love a good museum and this was by far our favorite part of the trip (even though he had been there before). There's just something amazing about being a room filled with 15 paintings by the masters, each worth millions of dollars, that is just kind of impossible to top.
After the museum we had lunch at a fabulous Cuban sandwich shop - Cafecito. Khale got the Jerk sandwich and I ordered the Ropa Viejo. Then we decided we had to share because they were both so so good.
We also visited the bean. It was cool but kind of a buzz kill after the museum.
Later that night, we went to Quartino for dinner and tried their duck prosciutto, bread, olives, cavatelli, veal skirt steak and fresh zeppole with dark chocolate for dessert. Along with a few adult beverages.
So delicious! The fresh pasta, fresh ricotta and zeppole made it spectacular.
We also visited the Field Museum. Also really cool. Their Egyptian exhibit was my favorite.
For lunch that day we just grabbed beef hot dogs from the vendors outside the museum. Because it felt like the right thing to do.
We went and saw a show at Second City (where many comedic greats got their start). I wish it lasted longer than an hour because it was darn hilarious. I about died laughing at a few sketches.
After the show, we had dinner at the Girl and the Goat. Also known as the highest rated restaurant in Chicago on Yelp. We ate an epic amount of food because we couldn't help but feel the need to try it all: bread with garlic aioli, braised beef tongue, goat empanadas, duck tartare, wood-fired chicken and goat wontons. But y'all, if you ever make it out there, you simply have to get the chicken. It's insane. I'm going to be dreaming about (and trying to recreate) it for a long, long time.
We also grabbed brunch our last day in Chicago at Sunny Side Up. Best brunch I've ever had - and I like my brunch food! Our server recommended the stuffed french toast and croque madam. So that's what we got (with only a minor substitution of turkey sausage for the ham) with our coffee.
The only thing I regret is that we were too full to get cronuts from their coffee shop below. I'll have to hunt some down (or make some!) in the near future because I've heard they're delightful.
Anyhow, that's the recap of our trip! I'll be back later this week with a recipe. :)