Chicago: July 18-20, 2014

Hi guys! Hope you are having a good week. Did you enter Monday’s giveaway? Don’t forget :)

So I know it’s Wednesday but I’ve yet to blog about my weekend in Chicago… and it was a good one! So here we go. I booked my flight to Chicago awhile ago to visit my friend Bonnie. Bonnie and I actually went to high school together but we didn’t actually become friends until college. Bonnie went to Emerson for grad school, I was there for undergrad. Yup, two girls from Toronto end up at the same small school and become friends in Boston. Lesley wanted to come to Chicago too so she came. Oh: this weekend was the first time Bonnie and Les met. Now they’re besties. I doubt you cared about any of that.

Bonnie picked us up from the airport on Friday afternoon and we got settled before heading downtown to Navy Pier. The pier is adorable. Yes tourist-y but amazing views of the city and of course the water.

Amy Les Navy Pier

Amy Bonnie Navy Pier

Amy Navy Pier Insta

We walked around for a bit before having dinner at City Porch (on the pier). It was yummy, the service was questionable, the company was wonderful. I got the chicken BLT (sans the bun) add sweet potato fries. Always add sweet potato fries.

City Porch Dinner

Then we went on Bonnie’s favorite attraction… the ferris wheel! Sooo fun. Loved it.

Ferris Wheel

We capped off the evening with a fabulous Architecture Boat Tour. It was amazing to see the city at night and we learned so much. Our tour guide was super knowledgable and even sounded like Richard Gere… kinda looked like him too.

Boat Tour1

Boat Tour2

Gorgeous views.

We made a delicious breakfast on Saturday morning at Bonnie’s apartment: scrambled eggs, avocado, tomato, watermelon, berries… perfection.

Saturday Breakfast

After breakfast, we hopped on the bus down Lakeshore Drive to Michigan Avenue. I couldn’t believe how BIG everything was. I felt tiny up against all of the huge buildings. I guess I didn’t expect Chicago to be that big. We walked down to Millenium Park to of course see the Bean! Really trippy. Really cool.

Amy Les Bean1

Les Bonnie Bean

Amy Wrigley Seats

Amy Les Bridge

After seeing a few sights, Les and Bonnie went to get deep dish pizza and I met Becky at Whole Foods – worked out perfectly. Yes, a blogger meet-up at Whole Foods is so cliche but Becky was kind enough to agree to it so I could shop for some “American products” I’ve been wanting to try.

Amy and Becky

We had a great time chatting, talking about marathon training – I know that if I lived in Chicago we’d run a lot and shop a lot together. I didn’t find everything I was looking for but did find Epic Bars (excited to try them!) and enjoyed a delish lunch from the hot bar.

Whole Foods Lunch

So great to meet you Becky :)

The rest of the day featured lots of shopping down Michigan Avenue. I didn’t buy anything… go me! Go budget!

For dinner, we got salads from Beezees.

Beezees Salad

But the real highlight was dessert.

Jeni's Ice Cream1

Jeni’s Ice Cream for a bit of a treat. I got “Brambleberry Crisp” on the top and “Brown Butter Almond Brittle” on the bottom. It was delicious. My stomach kinda hated me for it but oh well… so worth it.

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Sunday started off with an insane brunch at Avec. I’m so glad my sister is a foodie.


Like insane. If you are going to Chicago: go to Avec (and Jeni’s) fo sho.

Les got the breakfast pizza and Bonnie got the french toast.


I got the butcher’s steak with leeks, kale and a fried egg plus a side of papas bravas (fried potatoes).



We walked on Southport Ave in the afternoon (really cute street!) and also met up with our cousins. Oh and remember that budget? Yeah, that didn’t happen as I did some damage at Athleta and found some really cute pieces at Francesca’s. Oops.

Amy Les Chicago Amy Bonnie Chicago

Amy Les Wrigley

We were pretty exhausted and didn’t feel like doing much on our last night but hanging out. I somehow convinced Bonnie and Les that dinner at Whole Foods was a genius idea. Obvs it is so that’s what we did.

Whole Foods Dinner

Yum. Bonnie and Les also had round two at Jeni’s but I stuck to fruit from WF. 

Then it was off to the airport the next morning and back home.

Airport Breakfast

I didn’t workout and didn’t eat a ton of vegetables or grass-fed meat. I stayed up late and enjoyed every moment. I ate gluten, dairy and sugar. I’m alive, well and had a blast with two of my favorite people! And now I’m ready for some veggies, bowls of food and sweaty workouts.


Questions of the day…

Have you ever been to Chicago? What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?! 



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30 thoughts on “Chicago: July 18-20, 2014

  1. Looks like such a fun trip! So cool you met Becky, too. I’ve read both your blogs for a while, so it’s exciting for me to see you meet in person (kind of nerdy, I know). I love peppermint ice cream, and if I’m not feeling that, anything with LOTS of chocolate always does it for me :)

  2. I’m actually in Chicago now for a quick trip and I went to that Whole Foods twice yesterday. The shopping is amazing here but I’m trying to be good and reign in the frivolous spending. (Whole foods = NOT frivolous though)

  3. It’s amazing how you could know someone for so long and not befriend them until very much later. is that yolk still raw? How do you eat hat?!

  4. I just cannot believe I was in Chicago at the same time as one of my favorite bloggers. We even went to the bean on the same day! I was in town to run the Rock n Roll half, but we went to the Navy Pier and ate lots of delicious food as well.

  5. I love Chicago! It’s only about a 3 hour drive from me, but we hardly ever go. I’ve never been to any of the places you mentioned, but will have to check them out! OMG, that ice cream looks amazing!!! I had to cave & have some this weekend too – so worth it! Love your outfits too, you’re too cute! :)

    1. I saw your Coldstone treat! I definitely don’t see it as having to “cave” – it’s a choice and you made a delicious one :)

  6. Wow what a great weekend! I’ve been to Chicago for ONE day when I was working for Swissair. I would love to go back and enjoy it more!
    Glad you had a blast the food looks delicious!!

  7. Yum hello to your whole weekend! Wow! Love that you found so many options that worked for you and were able to say yes to some great treats. I’ve never been to Chitown but one of my favorite roomies from college is from there, and I’ve been waiting to visit her for awhile.

  8. Looks like such an amazing and fun weekend! I’ve never been to chicago, but it is one place I would like to visit. All your food looks so good too! That ice cream looks TO die for. Literally, to die for. Next you can visit meeeeee! Or we can do a destination meet-up! :) Seattle, Nashville, San Fran?!

    1. I wanted to find FlavorGod spices, Steve’s Paleo Goods and Renola (from Larabar). Hopefully I have better luck in Detroit in a few weeks!

  9. So happy you enjoyed Chicago! I went for the first time a few years ago when my dad said he would take me to my favorite chef’s restaurant which is in Chicago. Such an awesome city and everyone is so nice. Has a great pace for a city too – not too nuts.

    And my favorite ice cream flavor is Salted Caramel :)

  10. Can’t wait until the day I go to Chicago. I’ve been dreaming about going there for a long weekend, and this definitely made me want to get there as soon as possible! Becky is such a sweetheart!

  11. Hi Amy, It was fun meeting all of you at Avec on Sunday. Looks like you had a blast in Chi-town too. What a great meal! Good Luck with your marathon.

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