Chicago

I miss everything about Chicago, except January and February

Gary Cole

Just so you know, I (Shy) grew up in the burbs of Chicago, so this city is somewhat familiar…but actually staying in the city just has such a different vibe.

Cost

Dwelling $726.50
Food$463
Entertainment$0
Transportation$210
Total$1399.50

Fyi, high cost of food might be a trend. Food is a large part of traveling for us (like it is for majority of folks).


Days

April 13 2019 – April 27 2019
14 Days


dwelled

We stayed at an Airbnb:
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/172616


ate

DateNameTypeGoogle Maps
4/13 Portillo’s
Elephant and Castle
Italian beef and hotdogs
Pub / Bar
https://goo.gl/maps/qVA9aBmPZU62
https://goo.gl/maps/DKzTftKx9pkZbZd37
4/14Andy’s Thai Kitchen
Legend Tasty House
Joy Yee
Thai
Dessert
Chinese
https://goo.gl/maps/CXV66Ng6V3XXBQyn7
https://goo.gl/maps/vM1djA1jSHPAhwuh8
https://goo.gl/maps/7sYm6M6SSMCGmxAD9
4/15JJ Thai Street Food
Thai
https://goo.gl/maps/aDzCKRr845YdyCvS6
4/16Cooked at bnb
4/17Taqueria Traspasada 2
Fat Rice
Scooters Frozen Custard
Mexican
Asian / Portuguese
https://goo.gl/maps/HbcZmMXVRi17dDVS8
https://goo.gl/maps/Ub3ZBo7gzMkn1QDj8
4/18Yuzu SushiJapanesehttps://goo.gl/maps/izGttPSxHu5kDswf8
4/19Black Dogs
Jarlings Custard
Lai Lai Wok
BBQ
Frozen Custard
Chinese
https://goo.gl/maps/reDKEZUE8c5VnKEB9
https://goo.gl/maps/TiJcuov2vAT7i8v5A
https://goo.gl/maps/JuB7G7m23dcprapJ8
4/20Cooked at bnb
4/21Cafe CentralPuerto Ricanhttps://goo.gl/maps/wbSssAVWnCQDU2CFA
4/22Silli Kori
Dona Natys Taco
Thai
Mexican
https://goo.gl/maps/SBPKTBv8DQYtb9uU9
https://goo.gl/maps/wescxPWaayenQmZW8
4/23Cho Sun OkKorean BBQhttps://goo.gl/maps/QU56oA5RygoQXZqT6
4/24Au ChevalBurgershttps://goo.gl/maps/jQ96JAhwAgtYwx49A
4/25Cooked at bnb
4/26PortillosItalian beef and hotdogshttps://goo.gl/maps/qVA9aBmPZU62

did

Walk around downtown

This city is very walkable and if the whether is nice, holy smokes it has a nice view. Chicago isn’t just the loop but rather about the neighborhoods that surround it, each with its unique characteristics.

More SNOW!

4/14/19 – Snowing outside the bnb

Wouldn’t be the midwest without some snow in April 😉

Day-trip to alma mater (UIUC)

4/19/19 – Train departing Chicago Union Station
4/19/19 – Main Quad at UIUC

Nostalgic seems to be the appropriate word to describe being back here. (Avi has a separate post for Urbana-Champaign with more details). Its funny how your perspective and thoughts change as you grow older and visit a place that had such an immense impact on your life. Obviously both of us had very different experiences here. Avi was, as Elsa from Indiana Jones would say say … “giddy as a school [girl]”. My most memorable times here aren’t about the education or classes, or even the walking around campus, but rather the time I spent with my friends and the relationships built here that contributed to the person I am today. I was going to write more about this journey, but I think Avi has more to say about it than me 😉 … food was still amazing and exactly how i remember, except much more expensive =(.

Walk the Lakeshore trail

4/21/19 – Lakeshore trail in Chicago

Damn … I wish I did this more often. If the weather cooperates, there are several amazing parks and trails around the city but this one tops them all. Walking along this route with the lake on one side and the spectacular Chicago skyline on the other is quite a privilege.


Transport

CTA and Uber were our primary modes of transportation. Along with a few friends we knew in town who were kind enough to drive us around occasionally. This city has amazing public transportation.


Recs.

Chicago is definitely a foodie city! There really is food from all around the world here just like NYC and at a fairly reasonable price. Its very easy to get around with excellent public transportation, food is much cheaper than SF or NYC, and the lakefront is definitely worth a visit. For what you pay, I wished when i lived in Illinois, it was in the city and not the burbs.

We decided to skip the museums, aquariums, etc since we’ve already visited those before, but they are well worth a visit if you’ve never been.

2 thoughts on “Chicago”

  1. Thanks for the food recommendations. All of them look terrific. I really like your budget information it really is a learning guide for a traveller. The lakeside trail is a very cool idea for an outing. One day I’d like to visit Chicago and walk this trail. I wait to read about Avi’s impressions on returning to school. Returning a decade later unleashes a flood of memories. I’m sure most of them….chuckle worthy

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  2. Thanks for the food recommendations. All of them look terrific. I really like your budget information it really is a learning guide for a traveller. The lakeside trail is a very cool idea for an outing. One day I’d like to visit Chicago and walk this trail. I can’t wait to read about Avi’s impressions on returning to school. Returning a decade later unleashes a flood of memories. I’m sure most of them….chuckle worthy

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