3 Splendid days in Chicago and 40+ miles of walking

I love Chicago!

This post is almost a week late! I am helping with a summer reading camp Monday-Thursday so I haven’t been home much since I got back from Chicago. 

I started out my weekend on Friday in Kansas City for a family wedding. Morgan’s mom insisted on a photo shoot. I’m not good at taking pictures, but I’m trying to take more!

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Saturday morning Morgan dropped me off at the airport so I could catch my flight to Chicago to meet Kyla. She took the train in so I just hopped on the L once I got to the airport to meet her at Union Station. I had to start my weekend the right way. I love their cranberry orange scones. Yes, I know they are 420 calories.

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I won’t bore you with details about Saturday since I already discussed that in my race recap. Kyla and I did walk about 6 miles on Saturday though! It was too beautiful outside to not enjoy the weather, so we decided to walk instead of take the L.

After the race on Sunday we walked to the Lincoln Park Zoo, which was about three miles from our hotel. We had a good time at the zoo and ate lunch at one of the restaurants there.

After we left the zoo we headed back towards Michigan Ave and got some fantastic gelato at L’Appetito, which is in the downstairs area of the Hankcock Tower.

Kyla has not been to Chicago much so we just spent the day walking around and I took her to some of the more touristy places and then some of my favorite places.

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For dinner Kyla and I went to Native Foods Cafe, which was recommended by my friend Jordan. It is a vegan restaurant and was absolutely delicious!

IMG_2928Kyla and I got different meals and shared them. To start we got the sweet potato fries.

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I ordered the Greek Gyro Bowl which is a thinly sliced Native Peppered Seitan sautéed with shallots on quinoa, steamed vegetables, and kale with lemon garlic sauce and hummus. Kyla ordered the Sesame Kale Macro Bowl which is grilled Native Tempeh atop steamed kale, brown rice, creamy ginger sesame sauce, tangy sauerkraut and toasted sesame seeds. Green onion garnish and crunchy cucumber seaweed salad on the side.

Holy delicious.

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After dinner we walked back to our hotel room and then decided the night was too young and we wanted to go out and do some more walking. But first we had a photo shoot on the steps. Normal, right?!

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We decided to continue walking so I changed into more comfortable clothes and shoes, and then beelined it for Garrett’s. I love, love, love this popcorn!

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Kyla and I had a cute popcorn picnic along the river. We walked around some more, and then I decided to take her to Buckingham Fountain since she had never seen it. Each hour the water shoots up higher than it normally is, and it was nearing dusk so the fountain was lit up and quite pretty.

Buckingham Fountain

Once we left the fountain we decided that after 20+ miles of walking and running 14 miles that day we should go to sleep. It was so nice.

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Monday we got up and headed to the Field Museum. The 1893 World’s Fair was on exhibit so I absolutely had to go. I love history and the Chicago (Columbian) World’s Fair is one of my favorite topics. I became obsessed a few years ago when I read The Devil in the White City. 

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Worlds Fair

After the Field Museum we walked to the Hancock Tower because Kyla had never been inside and I thought she would enjoy the view.

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We got a hummus/cheese/vegetable plate to snack on. I ordered my favorite cocktail- the mojito. Kyla loved the atmosphere and the view.

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Hancock Tower Lunch

Once we got done eating we decided we needed gelato one more time before we had to fly home. We stopped at Ga De Pa for some gelato and a coffee.

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After gelato we went back to our hotel to get our luggage, hopped on the L and went to O’Hare. We had some dinner at the airport before our flight.

How cute is Kyla?

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I had a fantastic weekend in the city, and will be back next week to visit Kelly!

I wore my Garmin for most of the weekend but forgot to hit resume a view times. We walked about 40 miles in three days. It was actually really easy to do and we felt just fine! The L is super cheap so we were not trying to save money on transportation, we just wanted to walk everyone since it was so nice.

Do you have any favorite places in Chicago?

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