Weekend Recap: Chicago Edition

One of the best things about Cincinnati is that it has many of the same things — great food, beer, events, and a robust arts scene — larger cities have, but for a fraction of the cost.

I love Chicago and was able to spend a long weekend there with friends from college. The food there is delicious, there is a lot to see, and the shopping is great. As the third most populous city in the US, Chicago is obviously on the cutting edge of all things trendy. It’s a really fun place to visit and explore, but it also makes me appreciate what we have at our disposal here in the Queen City.

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Photos (clockwise from left): Do’ssant, Short Rib Benedict, and fresh cut fries from West Town Bakery and Diner

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Photos (clockwise from top left): Chorizo Benedict from Kingsbury Street Cafe; heart “Ranch” necklace from Paperish Mess; group of us out for beer and dinner at Revolution Brewing

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Touristy things, like taking selfies in front of Cloud Gate (“The Bean”) at Millennium Park.

During my visit to Chicago, I got to visit friends; eat a lot of really great food and drink good beer, including Short Rib Benedict and fresh cut fries from West Town Bakery and Diner, food and a flight from Revolution Brewing, Chorizo Benedict from Kingsbury Street Cafe, and a breakfast bagel from Chicago Bagel Authority; watch soccer at Cleo’s Bar and Grill; snag some awesome souvenirs from Paperish Mess, Paper Source, and Barker & Meowsky; and even do touristy things, like take pictures in front of Cloud Gate (“The Bean”) at Millennium Park*. And that’s hardly half of it!

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Franklin posing in front of Music Hall at Washington Park

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Sunset view of downtown Cincinnati from Newport on the Levee

Because my bus was due to return late on Sunday night, I decided to take off Monday. I’m really glad I did, too, as I spent the day reacquainting myself with the city I am so lucky to call home. (I know I was only gone for four days, but I missed Cincinnati, okay?) The day started with a Nati Crepe and Belgian Frites from Taste of Belgium, followed by a quick trip to HOMAGE, taking an epic nap, tiring Franklin out at Washington Park Dog Park, enjoying dinner at City View Tavern, then getting ice cream at Newport on the Levee with a view of this great city as the sun set.

My trip to Chicago was wonderful — as usual — but it also made me love Cincinnati that much more. I am so lucky to call this place home and to spend much of my time as a tourist in my own city.

*Despite having been to Chicago a number of times, that is something I’d never done before.

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