My family and I decided to take a mini-vacation to Chicago this weekend. It was a refreshing break from school/finals/life!
Upon arriving at the hotel, we received this little box of chocolates. Clockwise from the top left; dark chocolate, milk chocolate nut, raspberry, and caramel. They were delicious!
After we set down our bags, we took a cab to Water Tower Place and went shopping! I took full advantage of my Christmas gift cards, haha. I bought an eye brightening crayon and lotion from Sephora, a dress and hairbrush (mine keep disappearing) from Forever 21, and a few pairs of earrings from Claire’s. Definitely a successful shopping spree! We stopped for lunch at Foodlife, which is a big food court that serves fresh, yummy food. You can get pretty much anything there, but I was craving balsamic dressing (who knows why??) so I ordered this chopped salad. It has baby greens, cucumbers, carrots, and almond slivers with, of course, balsamic dressing. I had a grainy roll on the side, plus a few bites of my sister’s stir fry. Tasty!
After lunch and a bit more browsing, we went to Sprinkles! The company just opened one in Chicago and my sister told me I absolutely HAD to try it. And she was right- the cupcake was dense, soft but not sticky, and covered in a perfect layer of sweet but not-too-sweet frosting. I ordered a Peanut Butter Chip one, and it was absolutely incredible! Hands-down the best cupcake I’ve ever tasted.
We stopped at NikeTown.
And for dinner we went to Osteria Via Stato. It’s a casual Italian restaurant and it was very good! Great service and the food is simple but perfect. I ordered gnocchi with tomato sauce (yes, this is an item on the menu… I told you it was simple 😉 ) and it was unbelievable. I definitely recommend it!
The next day, we went to the Shedd Aquarium. A must-visit if you’ve never been!
Beluga whale baby!
Don’t remember what these are called, but they’re funny!
Chill fish… he’s like, “Did I SAY you could take a picture of me?!”
Little fish… I love this picture! Feel free to set it as your desktop background. 😉
Coral and blue fishies.
After the aquarium, we drove back home. Overall, a very relaxing yet fun trip! I love Chicago! 😀