Tuesday, 8 AM (Austin, TX)
Tuesday, 10:30 AM (Austin, TX)
Tuesday, 1:30 PM (Chicago, IL)
Tuesday, 3 PM (Chicago, IL)
Chicago traffic is just something else. After the long, but scenic drive, we finally arrived at our hotel. We stayed at The Radisson Blu Aqua, and goodness gracious it was stunning! The super swanky hotel boasted some beautiful views of Millenium Park. This might sound silly, but I fell in love with the teal carpet inside my room. The lobby also had this gorgeous gold fireplace. I charged all my devices, finished up some more work, and got ready for dinner. More pictures of the hotel below!
The view outside my room had Millenium Park on the right (pictured below!) and this track down below. If I had brought my running shoes, maybe I would've gone for a run...maybe. Haha!
Tuesday, 5 PM (Chicago, IL)
Once all of the ladies arrived to the hotel, we headed straight to dinner. Since I opted out of lunch to work, I was starving and couldn't wait for dinner. We took a cab to The Hampton Social, one of the top-trending restaurants on Instagram and most definitely the trendiest seafood restaurant I've ever been to. I met all the girls, got to know more about our project, and enjoyed down some delicious food. There were lots of options, but I went for the most seemingly adventurous item on the menu: squid ink linguine with lump crab. Lemme tell ya...it was so tasty, and I highly recommend it. Another thing I loved were those crispy bacon, Parmesan brussel sprouts. So good. Funnily enough, the Cubs game was going on and when they scored their first home run, the entire restaurant cheered in excitement.
Tuesday, 9 PM (Chicago, IL)
I was completely stuffed from dinner, but some of us suggested having a second dinner at Lou Malnati's. Unfortunately, there was a 45 minute wait at that specific location, so we went straight for dessert at Ghirardelli. Though it's not a Chicago specialty, this location was in the beautiful Wrigley Building downtown, and that view just cannot be beat. The eight of us shared a few sundaes and cones, and we also received some hot chocolates to go. It felt so good holding my warm cup of salted hot chocolate in my hands outside in the cold, rainy weather.
Tuesday, 11 PM (Chicago, IL)
We decided to head back in early, because we knew it would get pretty wild from the game. I took a small detour and got lost, but this view of the city totally made up for it. There would be a long day ahead, so I watched the game from the hotel, finished my hot chocolate, and cheered on the Cubs in the comfort of my favorite jammies and my bed.
Wednesday, 7:30 AM (Chicago, IL)
I woke up this morning feeling super refreshed and excited for the day. I had a great sleep on that super comfy bed above. Plus, the view of Millenium Park outside my hotel room was just stunning! The day was looking to be a good one, so I got ready in about 20 minutes and met all the other girls downstairs.
Wednesday, 9 AM (Chicago, IL)
We took a quick, but beautiful walk from our hotel to the office. Unlike the day before, it was an absolutely glorious morning. Sunny with perfectly crisp air! Plus, everyone was on a high from the Cubs win. Almost every local we saw proudly wore blue under their work attire, and smiles were all around! The view from the office was also absolutely incredible.
Wednesday, 1 PM (Chicago, IL)
After a morning of super exciting work, we went to lunch at Tavern at the Park. Their wild mushroom & truffle risotto was so delicious. Even though I was already full, I couldn't get enough of each savory bite. I think us ladies can all agree we were filled to the brim after this meal.
Wednesday, 3 PM (Chicago, IL)
Since we ate right across Millenium Park, it was only right that we took a quick visit for some photo ops. I only spent under a day with these ladies, and I can say that I already miss them dearly as we shared such fun memories and this experience together! From left to right: me, @hungrygrl_bigcity, @nicoleerenard, @thecollegedish, @bowtifullife, @alaynaflan, @oliviableeker and @mikksalamatin.
After the fun photo ops, we headed back to the hotel, so we could catch our ride to the airport and fly home. The cozy fireplace was the perfect place to eat take-out deep dish, take a nap, and chit chat with everyone before we had to part ways.
I'm so glad I got to give you a little inside peek of my trip, y'all! As a student, it's rare to get the opportunity to pack your bags and jet off someplace else without the responsibilities of books and homework. If given the chance, I think everyone should take time for themselves and experience traveling outside their own city. Unfortunately, this week of school hit me like a brick, so I had to get back to work fast! With my last lab of the semester, a major exam, an injury, the election results, and a fever with symptoms of bronchitis, it's safe to say I want to curl up in bed for the weekend. Did you know that 10 Things I Hate About You is on Netflix? If you've seen my Seattle Travel Guide, you know I can't get enough of this movie. You can bet I'll be curled up in bed watching it this weekend!