Exploring Chicago | Chicago, IL

Alex Cho and Mike had been talking for months about making a trip to Alinea (Michelin 3-star) and we were able to get reservation for MLK weekend. We stayed in an airbnb apartment in Ukranian Village for 3 nights and had a jampacked itinerary.


The Art Institute of Chicago

Our first trip was to The Art Institute of Chicago; we wish we had more time to explore!! We only were able to stay for a few hours and only got a small peek at all the amazing exhibits. If we lived in Chicago, we'd definitely be members.

Us in front of The Art Institute of Chicago


Picklebacks & Fatsos

Later that night, after the amazing meal at Alinea (see post here), we hit up a few bars with good company and good drinks. We also took our first picklebacks -- we can never go back to another chaser.

The gents (minus Alex Shapiro)

The ladies

After drinks we got some late-night Chicago-style dogs at Fatso's near our airbnb. Fatsos was definitely a place we'll never forget -- we went there our first 2 nights for food and on the 3rd night (we didn't go), there was a shooting there and a person got murdered. Super spooky.

Deep-dish pizza @ Lou Malnati's

No trip to Chicago would be complete without a stop for some deep-dish pizza. Out of all the choices, we picked Lou's (the fave from the majority of our friends). There was no wait and it was 👌👌

The Malnati Chicago Classic


The Bean @ Millennium Park

After the deep-dish pizza, we walked it off by heading to Millennium Park. We also made some stops for face-swaps along the way.

The Chicago River

The Bean aka Cloud Gate


The Aviary, Au Cheval, The Second City

After our trip to Millennium Park, Alex & Andy put our names down on the waitlist for Au Cheval (3 hour wait!!) and we all met up for our reservation at The Aviary. Mike got a 3-cocktail course (LeBron Chewbacca, Jungle Bird, Doppia Bevande) and Alice got the Up the Ice Ante. They were some of the tastiest and most creative cocktails we've ever had. We also met Alex's friend Andy and had a great time chatting.

After hanging out for 3 hours, our table was ready at Au Cheval and we got the famous burgers with fried eggs and bacon.

After dinner, we finished the night off with a show at the legendary improv theatre, The Second City.