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Austin Double Decker Bus Tour

We had a blast exploring Austin, TX over Labor Day weekend to celebrate K's birthday and, while most of the trip was unplanned, I did book a hop on/hop off sightseeing and historic tour on the Double Decker Austin.

Exploring Beautiful Chicago

What an amazing past few days spent in the Windy City. The people, the food, the sites and scenes. Everything was pretty fantastic and I'm so happy we finally got to experience everything Chicago has to offer. Being the typical blogger that I am, I took a million photos and there's just no way to include them all but I've created a few collages to ease the photo overload.  

Friday/Day 1:

- Arrived in Chicago around 1:30 pm
- Grabbed a quick lunch at Potbelly Sandwich Shop
- Met up with Kate and her husband at Plymouth Rooftop bar
- Toured the streets of downtown Chicago
- Checked out The Bean
- Hunkered down under a tent while it rained cats and dogs
- Got dressed for K's birthday dinner
- Grabbed a drink at The Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the Hancock building and enjoyed the beautiful views of the city
- K's birthday dinner at Ditka's Restaurant
- Rooftop drinks at Vertigo Sky Lounge
- Late night drink at Miller's Pub

 Saturday/Day 2:

- Met up with Kate and Nikki at Giodarno's for some deep dish pizza. Had a blast chatting and meeting Nikki for the first time.
- Walked to meet up with the guys at Rock Bottom Rooftop bar
- Took an Uber taxi to the Navy Pier
- Walked around the Navy Pier and grabbed a drink from Margaritaville
- Architecture boat tour at 3:15 pm
- Went up in the Ferris Wheel at the pier. Got some beauitful views of the city.
- Drink ar Three Dots and a Dash. (Very strong Hawaiian drinks)
- Dinner at Cantina Lareda Mexican restaurant (amazing!)
- Drink at Elephant & Castle (hotel bar)

We took the Shoreline Architecture River Tour which I highly recommend to learn some history and view all the beautiful buildings and towers.

Sunday/Day 3:

- Brunch at Bridge House Tavern on the river (best brunch ever and $5 Bloody Marys)
- Took the train to Wrigleyville
- Gift shopping in Wrigleyville and quick drink at The Dugout bar
- Cubs vs Pirates game at 1:20 pm
- Bar hopping in Wrigleyville. We checked out Cubby Bear, Vines and Sluggers bars
- Dinner at Elephant & Castle (the restaurant at our hotel because we were exhausted)

Monday/ Day 4:

- Skydeck at the Sears/Willis Tower
- Shopping on State St.
- Lunch at Giordano's (so K could get some deep dish pizza)
- Drink at Dick's Last Resort on the river
- More shopping and exploring downtown
- Drink at the Berghoff
- Headed back to hotel to pack bags & get dressed for dinner
- Last dinner in Chicago at The Purple Pig

Thanks to Steph @ Life According to Steph for recommending The Purple Pig and giving me some really great tips for the trip! I love tapas style food and everything we tried was nothing short of amazing. Some of the items we ordered: Tuscan Kale & Romaine Caesar Salad, Milk Braised Pork Shoulder, Eggplant Caponata with Goat Cheese and a few other things. Everything was excellent!

Tuesday/Day 5:
- Rush to airport for 10:40 am flight
- Last minute gift shopping in the airport
- Stopped by Garrett's popcorn shop for some Chicago style popcorn

I loved every minute of being in this beautiful city and it was a really nice break from work, blogging and everyday life. Until we meet again Chicago!