And our Chicago adventure continues…
I slept pretty solid, for being in a haunted hotel, and woke up just in time to head downstairs for the provided breakfast. Breakfast was delicious and I ate my fair share, but I hear there was some miss-communication with some people being told all the oats were vegan, when they weren’t. Luckily I opted out.
The conference started and everything was going well and I was really learning a lot.
Then lunch time rolled around, and I just couldn’t sit inside a hotel conference room anymore. I feel bad, but I ducked out for the rest of the afternoon. It was just so hard to sit there when I was in a city I had never been in. My travel bug got the best of me, so I left and went exploring.
I called up Eric to see what he was doing, and he and Ryan were about to grab some food at Earwax. I hopped on the L and met them up there. I feel like I should forewarn you that Eric and I normally don’t eat this much. But when we go on vacation and a place has a ton of vegan options, well we tend to go overboard.
The boys started with some veggie wings, which I opted out of since they aren’t really my thing. Eric also got a mint espresso milkshake which he said was one of the best parts of the meal.
I ordered vegan chocolate chip pancakes, which were meh. Not bad, but not good. I feel like I could taste all the baking soda/powder in them.
Eric ordered the messy burger.
And Ryan went with the black bean burger…I think? I can’t really remember.
I was pretty happy to be out and about and hanging with my awesome traveling partner.
After eating we walked around the Wicker Park area some, checking out a few stores. I had really wanted to head to Penelope’s because I am constantly stalking their online store. I was pretty happy to discover it was just a few blocks away.
Sadly I left empty handed because there was TOO MUCH that I wanted. It happens. Back to stalking their online store.
I bought a print, which I can’t wait to hang in the apartment!
While walking we stumbled across Big Star, and headed in for some drinks and to sit for a bit.
This place could have easily been transplanted from Austin.
Then we headed back downtown to check out Millennium Park. I was really excited to see everything, even if it is super touristy.
First we checked out The Crown Fountain.
Then walked over to The Bean. And you bet I took a ton of photos! No shame here!
The tour continued and we walked to The Lurie Garden.
We stuck our feet in the small riverbed and hung out for a while, making fun of the park ranger.
Eventually we started walking back towards the hotel.
I was really impressed that Chicago had bikes out to rent. It was expensive, but would have been fun to bike around the city.
Once back at the hotel, Eric and I showered up because we were going on a fancy date. I had been eyeing up Karyn’s on Green for a while, and was really excited to try the restaurant.
The menu was a little overwhelming, there were way too many good sounding options.
So we started with drinks and tried to take it all in.