Wanderlust

All girls trip!

Hi loves!

So back in June, a couple girl friends and I went to Chicago for the weekend (in between some trainings we had in the city). We had such a blast and it was a great way to send off two of my good friends who have since moved away.

We got in Friday evening and headed to Old Town for some fun! We started off at a super cool Irish bar called Lady Gregory’s. Their whiskey selection was great and if you are fan of pub style food – highly recommend you go! The Friday night that we went, they had a DJ who was playing all of the 90’s and early 2000’s classics. It was awesome! Definitely a fun place on a Friday night, with lots of people.

After hitting up the bar, we walked over to the Second City and saw a great comedy show! I love to laugh and man did the show provide laughs the whole time. I would definitely recommend seeing a show if you are in the area and love a good laugh!

By this point in the evening, or should I say, early Saturday morning, we decided to head back to the hotel and catch up on some much needed rest.

Saturday, I got up to work out and then brought back the girls some Cold Brews {who doesn’t love Starbucks first thing in the morning, I know I do}. We decided to do a brunch and ended up at Bridge House Tavern on the river. The view was amazing and so was the weather! We started off the morning with Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s and I think all of us girls order the Veggie Hash, which was phenomenal!

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Next, we decided to hit up the brewery’s in Chicago. All of us are fans Goose Island Brewery and Revolution Brewery, so we made sure those were on the list to go to. We also ended up at Lagunitas Brewery, which was a little too much of an IPA type beer for my taste, but we had so much fun, it didn’t even matter {and the nacho’s there were amazing in our alcohol induced state}.

Goose Island was great and super laid back. We had fun drinking our flights and also brought a deck of cards along to play some card games. I am huge fan of Goose Island beer {which they recently started selling 312 in Atlanta – YAY} and would say that I enjoyed the Summer Ale that I tried in the flight. Goose Island was such a great start to our brewery tour!

Next, we hit up Revolution Brewery. I had been to their Brewpub in the past, when I had been in Chicago for training, but this was the first time I had been to the actual brewery. It was awesome. I absolutely loved the American Flag on the wall and had to capture it with the beer in front. I tried several different kinds of beer here and enjoyed every single one, it’s really hard to pick a favorite!

Finally, we hit up Lagunitas. By this point in the day, we had a lot of beer, but we still wanted to check it out! It is definitely an IPA heavy beer, so I was not a huge fan, but the atmosphere was great and they had food to satisfy our hunger at the point in the day.

Due to the amount of day drinking we participated in, we cut it out early Saturday night and headed to bed at reasonable time.

Sunday was such a great day – we rented bikes by Navy Pier and rode several miles along Lake Michigan. I loved getting to ride a bike by the lake and enjoy some time outside. Having an outdoor activity so easily accessible is one reason that I love Chicago. It is one of my favorite places to visit {and if it didn’t snow, I may even have considered moving there}.

Around lunch time, we stopped near Lincoln Park and had lunch at Gaslight Bar & Grille. They have different specials every day and on Sunday had a Mimosa bar, which was totally awesome! We bought a bottle of champagne and then got to mix it with whichever juice we decided {I picked pineapple, while the girls picked grapefruit}. They also had lots of add-ins like fruit and candies! The food was good and we walked out of there having enjoyed the time we spent there. We even hit it up later in the week for some Moscow Mules {well, I had a Mexican Mule that was the bomb}.

Later that evening, we all got dressed up {and I did everyone’s hair – curls for days} and went to John Hancock Signature Lounge for a drink and some great views of the city. We had reservations at Mercadito where we all had margaritas, shared guacamole, queso fundido and several different types of tacos. It was a great way to end our weekend!

All-in-all, it was such a great weekend and I was so glad to spend quality time with three girl friends who will always mean the world to me! Hope you enjoyed this post. If you try any of the suggestions I made above, let me know what you thought!

Xoxo,

Leah

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