Coming off of a fun and eventful weekend in Chicago, I have a major case of the Mondays. When I lived in Madison, I seemed to travel the majority of weekends in the month, keeping me really busy. Fort Wayne is different, since I stay here nearly every weekend. I’ve fallen out of that travel routine, so when I do get away for the weekend, exhaustion hits me — and hits me hard. That being said, this weekend was one of the best of the year and I would totally do it all over again.
On Friday, I took a half day at work and drove up to Chicago to visit my friend Katie. If you follow any lifestyle blogs, you may know her from Little Black Blog. We’ve been talking about me visiting for months, so I was so excited to finally make the trip! When I got into the city, we spent a few hours catching up before heading downtown to Cindy’s Rooftop, where Maya of Charmingly Styled and Sarah of The Kissing Booth met us for apps and drinks. The view was absolutely insane and was the perfect way to start the weekend.
Side note: Cindy’s Rooftop is hella pricey, so after our apps and drinks, we went downstairs to Shake Shack for dinner. It was my first Shake Shack experience and it was sensational.
Saturday we headed to Lincoln Park to explore the farmer’s market and the Lincoln Park Zoo. We walked around for awhile before grabbing lunch at Le Pain Quotidien, a cute little café/bakery chain. We ran a few errands and then walked down to Lake Michigan at Diversey Harbor to lay out for a bit because it was SO DAMN NICE OUT. We walked up and down the shore to burn off the shakes we got at Stan’s Donuts & Coffee (the nutella was amazing), before heading back to her cute place in Lakeview to get ready for dinner. We dined at Barcocina, which was just a short walk from her apartment, on their outdoor patio and enjoyed tacos, cheesy filled potatoes and margaritas. At this point, I was trying to think of ways to convince Brian to move to Chicago. I was just so obsessed with it all.
Afterward, we headed downtown to Londonhouse‘s rooftop bar. Two of my best friends from Madison/Iowa, Kast and Miyad, were there for a bachelor party. The timing was perfect, so we were able to meet up for a few drinks and to catch up since we hadn’t seen each other since before I moved to Fort Wayne! It was so great to see some of my closest friends and have it be like old times. I kind of crashed the bachelor party, but I only feel a little bad because I had such a blast with Kast, Miyad and Katie!
Sunday morning we went for a chai tea run, then I headed home. I was so sad to have the weekend be over, but we’re already planning my next trip for this fall! Here are a few snaps from the weekend.
Until next time —