I spent the last weeks on holiday in America in Canada and am absolutely thrilled with each of the places I visited!
First up on the three city tour was Chicago. How on earth I came up with the idea of travelling to Chicago in Febuary is a very valid question….and to be very honest it was a rather spontaneous decision – not taking the weather into greater account.
Arriving in Chicago on a windy Friday afternoon I immediately felt, well, comfortable. Such a beautiful city – even with the snow still mounting on the side of the road – people were happy, friendly and helpful. As it was Valentine’s Day we had decided to go for a lovely dinner at a place called ‘The signature room’ which is the restaurant located on the top floor of the Hancock Tower. The venue was amazingly beautiful, we had a great, almost 360 degree view, of Chicago and the food was to die for.
If ever you find yourself in Chicago this is really the place to go!
Oh, and of course, you need to visit Garret’s Popcorn – my love for popcorn knows no bounds so you can imagine how excited I was when I found out that not only was Chicago the city of deep dish pizza but also of popcorn! I tried three different flavours: chili cheese, chocolate lovers and caramel….and they were all equally amazing…
And while I am on the topic of food – a visit to Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse at the Intercontinental is also a must – I have never, ever, ever (you get it…..) had such amazing steak before – and the side dishes were equally mouth-watering. I had the brussel sprouts with caramelized onion marmalade and bacon and the mac ‘n cheese….out of this world!
Of course, besides eating and admiring this stunning city, I also did some shopping and sightseeing – I decided that it wasn’t cold enough in the city centre and so I took a walk to the pier. It must be amazing there in summer but my goodness – the wind was so strong and freezing that the route back we decided to take a taxi (so as to avoid face freeze). After a visit to the closest Starbucks (hello Caramel Flan Latte) I felt much better and was ready for the rest of the day.
Spending 4 days in the windy city during winter can be punishing too – on my last day there I experienced a snow storm like never before – seriously, this was crazy with the snow coming horizontally (pretty much rendering and coat/hat/shoes useless)! Nevertheless, this city has a big place in my heart!