Tim and I woke up early on Thursday (despite the time change) to prepare for a full day of sightseeing. We’d each compiled a short list of our must-sees and were hell bent on fitting them all in during our four day trip.
After an almond breakfast croissant from Pret A Manger, we bundled up and began our tour with a short train ride to Wrigley Field.
Public transportation is such a novel concept to me — I’ve taken the subway in many cities (NYC, DC, London and Chicago) but I’m still not totally used to it. Everyone is just so effortless about it! They’re on and off and transferring and swiping their cards in half the time we need to decide which staircase to take. I suppose that’s what some people must feel on the LA freeways?
Regardless, we made it to Wrigley without a missed stop.
Apparently, these condos (which border the field) have excellent views of the game. You can actually see the boxes on their roofs! But with all of the construction happening lately, everyone’s a bit upset. They’re extending the height of one side of Wrigley Field, and these condo owners are worried about their views. Who knew!?
Eataly feels like the Nordstrom of Italian cooking. They have separate sections for cookware, fresh bread, espresso, wine, and charcuterie, all arranged throughout the sprawling layout of the market. It’s impeccably clean and well-lit, and the perfect place to come for a few hours of inspiration.
Eataly also houses several restaurants, including one for meat, for vegetables, and for pizza and pasta. After a short deliberation, we decided on pizza and pasta for lunch.
There are moments for photographs…
And then there are moments when that’s just not a priority. ;)
Cacio e pepe for her, beef tagliatelle for him. Both were delicious, but the tagliatelle (with homemade pasta!) came out ahead. Tomato sauces tend to be difficult for me to photograph so just trust me on this one. Yum.
After a quick espresso, we headed out to brave the cold once again. A little chill wasn’t going to stop me from seeing the most famous landmark of all!
But first, a quick trip through the skyscrapers. Chicago has such beautiful, eclectic architecture.
Can you spot me? I’m buried somewhere underneath that black puffer, believe it or not. ;)
It’s always a bit surreal to see these landmarks in person.
And yes, my legs were cold. ;)