windy city views
Wheww Derek and I had quite the whirlwind vacation but I'm definitely glad to be back home! I've never been to Chicago before so I was pumped that we finally made it to the windy city for 4th of July weekend. We flew into Chicago O'Hare and had a full day to try out some restaurants and bars. We were lucky enough to have Derek's sister Megan and her friend Tiggs pick us up from the Airport and show us around. We grabbed a quick lunch and then prepared for the night which consisted of a bunch of must-see spots around Chicago. (We stayed at The Allegro Chicago hotel which I would definitely recommend for the location and prices)
We first went to Three Dots and a Dash for some drinks and appetizers. This topical themed restaurant and bar has some of the coolest most intricate tiki drinks I've ever seen. I ordered several different tiki drinks called "Three Dots and a Dash" and "Rum Barrel" as well as splitting the "Pu Pu Platter" an assortment of fried tiki foods. I loved the drinks, food and atmosphere and would definitely recommend this place on your next trip to Chicago. The tropical theme makes you feel like you're in Hawaii and not in the center of a huge city!
We went on to the next spot called "Green River" which interestingly enough is located at the top of a Hospital. We enjoyed the views from high up on the rooftop and ordered wine and cheeses. This was a little bit more fancy but a very lovely restaurant with beautiful views. The dinner menu consisted of American fares and various cocktails, but we were still full from lunch and appetizers earlier so we didn't order any entrees. Chicago is so beautiful especially from high up!
From there we went to the Hancock Tower for some drinks at the very top called "The Signature Lounge at the 95th" for some drinks and even more breathtaking views. The Hancock Tower is a must-see when you're in Chicago and being so high at the top you get to see the whole city. We had some cocktails and wine in the lounge and had plans to meet up with one of Derek's friends near Wrigleyville afterwards....you could say we had a late night!
The next morning we were all feeling a little bit rough so we quickly got ready for brunch and headed out...we were needing mimosas! We walked past the Chicago River channel towards "Bridge House Tavern" and didn't have to wait long for a table. I love that this place is right next to the river and you can see boats passing, the Trump tower and other buildings right from your table. We ordered mimosas and "Fresh Beignets", which I've actually never had before. These beignets were delicious with powdered sugar and then cinnamon maple glaze & Bailey's whipped cream to dip them in...talk about delicious! I ordered the "Bridge House Benedict" which is the regular version of eggs benedict with mashed potatoes. Everyone loved their food and I would highly recommend this place for the food and location in Chicago. After brunch we headed back to the hotel to pack up for the 2 1/2 hour drive to Grand Haven to see Derek's friends and family....more blog posts coming soon ;)