Hanging With the Howards - A Quick Weekend in Chicago

  Sunset over Chicago from the Signature Lounge at John Hancock Tower

Sunset over Chicago from the Signature Lounge at John Hancock Tower

One of the best things about living in Chicago is that it is centrally located and obviously a large hub of the country (and world).  We frequently have friends and family either passing through town or looking to spend a long weekend checking out the city.  Recently, we were able to show off the city to two of our good friends, Brady and Kelsi.  

  No trip to the bean is complete without a group selfie

No trip to the bean is complete without a group selfie

Our friends opted to take Amtrak to Chicago from Kansas City.  Traveling by train can be a relaxing alternative to the chaos of an airport or a tiring drive.  After we met up back up at our apartment, we took them to our favorite neighborhood taco shop, Antique Taco.  This taco shop on Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park, is often overshadowed by Big Star, which is located about two blocks away.  At Antique Taco, you won't have to wait 3+ hours for a table and the tacos, in our opinion, are much better.  Start the meal with chips and guac or their chili cheese curds, eat a lot of tacos, and end the meal with a slice of key lime pie from Bang Bang Pie

After dinner, we took Brady and Kelsi to a Chicago Bulls game.  With so many sports teams in Chicago, it is never a problem to find tickets to an in-season game.  Bulls games always offer a lot of additional entertainment throughout the game, adding excitement to the game itself.  After an exciting overtime game ending with a Bulls win, we wrapped up the evening at Scofflaw.  Located in Logan Square, this bar is cozy with fireplaces, couches, yummy gin and tonics, and most importantly, the complimentary, warm chocolate chip cookie at midnight.  It is a perfect place to unwind on a cold Chicago night. 

  Brady + Kelsi outside of the Tribune Tower

Brady + Kelsi outside of the Tribune Tower

The following morning Brady and Kelsi set out on their own to check out the Shedd Aquarium and Navy Pier.  We met up with them at Millennium Park to snap a few pictures with the Bean.  From there, we made our way to the John Hancock tower via Michigan Ave.  One of the best views of the city is at the Signature Lounge located in the Hancock.  At no charge (besides the cost of an overpriced cocktail) we took in sweeping views of the skyline. 

Is it really a trip to Chicago if you don't have deep dish pizza?  We don't think so.  We enjoyed some deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati's.  We saved room for dessert and headed back to our neighborhood.  The best ice cream sundaes are found at Margie's Candies located at Armitage and Western.  Be prepared for a wait if you choose to sit inside or get it to go and eat it along the nearby 606 if weather permits!  Either way, think boats of hot fudge, mounds of whipped cream atop gobs of ice cream, and zero room for disappointment. 

Brunch is another popular activity in Chicago--really anything food related is great in Chicago if you haven't gotten that yet from this trip.  Brady and Kelsi enjoyed a final meal in Chicago at Kanela Breakfast Club.  Everything on the menu sounds delicious and is delicious.  You can't go wrong with whatever you choose.  

We love hosting and were happy to have Brady and Kelsi in town for a quick weekend.  Our guest room is always open if you don't mind a twin size bed!