4 Days for the Foodie in Chicago

4 Days in Chicago | A Foodie’s Guide

4 days in Chicago a Foodies Guide
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Have you been to Chicago? Are you a foodie? Then, you HAVE to save this post for your first/next visit!! I’m so glad I had the opportunity to visit my friend, Stephanie, who shared some of the best spots around the windy city! And boy… I can totally understand why it’s called the “windy city.” I thought I was going to be swept off my feet one night walking around! I am looking forward to visiting Chicago again in the future once COVID settles down — And I suggest doing this “4 days in Chicago for the foodie” when it’s not February. 😉 You should instead travel to Hawaii for a warmer, more pleasant time. You’ll thank me later for not freezing every limb off!!!

Fortunately, if you were to travel during the winter season, the restaurants will keep you warm. 😉 That was basically our strategy. Chicago is known for its excellent food, and I really wanted the “full experience!” Pizza … Hot dog … Donut … bring it. So be prepared to indulge!

Day One

The Allis

Do you know what’s even better? Visiting Chicago during RESTAURANT WEEK! Stephanie was gracious enough to find a super cool restaurant participating in the event, called the Allis! The ambiance was a mix of class and industrious. Loved it!! And the food? Oh, gosh! Just check out the menu we enjoyed! The sea salt chocolate chip cookie was heavenly!!

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And look at this cute set up where we sat!! I would totally work here every day if I lived in Chicago. 😉

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Tapster

After our incredible long lunch of catching up, we were off to explore some breweries! We ended at a place that was a serve your own beer bar — Tapster! Definitely more expensive compared to the beer bar in Richmond, but it was a fun atmosphere with a variety of beer! I actually enjoyed the coffee-flavored beer … Because, why not test and try?!

Day Two

Chicago’s Doghouse

Well … It was less than 24-hours into my trip before Stephanie had to teach me the ways of dressing for Chicago! The theme of the trip was #bundlestruggle! No joke. It’s comical because it took so long to get dressed in all of the layers every time we had to head outside! You’ve been warned not to visit during the winter months!!

I would like to hashtag the right photo below: #scarf-stache!

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Stephanie did an incredible job planning out my visit with plenty of things to do! Even though, after everything was set and done, I think I went into a food coma and forgot about the actual activities we did besides eat. HA! But again, Chicago is one of the top foodie cities in the country, and I can see why!!! I didn’t know Chicago had a thing with hot dogs.

Of course, I had to see what the hype was all about…

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I REALLY wanted to try everything else on the menu at Chicago’s Dog House except a plain hot dog. I mean, just look at their menu below!!! So I had to try the true “Chicago Dog!” Next time, though, I think I’ll try the alligator or rabbit dog. Because … why not try something bizarre and different? Speaking of which, can you see under the pickles at the weird colored relish? Don’t let that scare you… It’s their signature!

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Tilt

Stephanie told me right before my trip that we were doing the “360 Chicago Tilt” thrill ride over Chicago. I told her I was down for anything, but I had no idea what the heck “the Tilt” was!!! Even when we were getting ready to go up in the elevator, a woman told me that we better hold on for dear life and that she would never do it … I thought, “Okay, what the heck did I sign up for?” HA! It wasn’t until we were standing in the observatory before I saw what it was for the first time. Honestly, it’s not scary at all!!!! But I also realize if you are scared of heights, then maybe this activity isn’t for you!

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Basically, this machine tilts the wall and platform you’re standing on forward, 30 degrees, over the city. It was a cool experience, but I almost wondered if walking on glass over the city at the Sears tower would have been scarier? Maybe for my next visit. 🙂 But it was still a unique and fun activity to do besides eating! Ha!

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Chicago Adventures | Travel Photographer
Chicago Adventures | Travel Photographer
Chicago Adventures | Travel Photographer
Chicago Adventures | Travel Photographer

Cloud Gate

Of course, I had to do the most touristy thing ever and go visit Cloud Gate‘s “bean!!”

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Chicago Adventures | Travel Photographer

Chicago knows me well … A NUTELLA restaurant?!! HECK YES. If you’re a Nutella fan as well, you’ll have to indulge! Also, check out the Chicago Tribune building close by. It had little pieces of history randomly engraved on the exterior stone if you want to fill up your history tank!

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Chicago Adventures | Travel Photographer
Chicago Adventures | Travel Photographer

Purple Pig

We stopped by the “Purple Pig” for wine and food — Oh, it was so good!!! We had pig tongue, which was scrumptious — Which sounds gross but it was surprisingly good. This food documented below was whipped feta — SO good!!! I love unique foods and this place had so many options if you’re willing to test your boundaries. 🙂

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Legend Tasty House

Just a month prior to this trip, I was in Missouri and ran into some Chicago natives. While chatting with them, they HIGHLY recommended checking out a Thai rolled ice cream shop in China Town called Legend Tasty House. Holy moly. That place did not disappoint!!! I believe I ordered the Oreo ice cream? SOOOOO good!! And I’ve had Thai rolled ice cream in Thailand and this Chicago version trumped it!!!

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The Comedy Bar

If you’re looking for something possibly different to end the night, we ended the day with some friends at a Comedy Bar! We somehow managed to get front row seating? HA! But it was SOOOO much fun!

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Day Three

Stan’s Donuts

Despite the fact that the temps were in the teens, I still ordered a frozen hot chocolate. 😉 HA! My favorite!!! Reminds me of New York City’s Serendipity restaurant — Frozen Hot Chocolate, anyone?! 🙂 We enjoyed a DELICIOUS and unique donut at Stan’s Donuts — I had to try their Nutella (of course) donut stuffed with fresh banana. I think I just indulged the calories all over again by looking at this photo. HA!

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Lincoln Park Zoo

To work off the unforgiving breakfast, we went to the Lincoln Park Zoo and walked around. Plus, it’s FREE!! Even though the majority of the zoo was limited due to the winter season, there was a lot to see!!! My personal favorite part was seeing the lion and hearing him ROAR!

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While we were going through the African exhibit, I couldn’t help but think of Alex and his adventures in Africa. Then I ran across a sign talking about the most poisonous spiders out there… YIKES. I didn’t want to read too much into it because I didn’t want to worry about Alex encountering a scary orb spider… Anywayssssss, while wandering the African exhibit, I laughed when I turned a corner and discovered this sleeping anteater… Lol! Stephanie commented by saying that’s how we felt after the food we had indulged! Spot onnnnn!

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Build Your Own Bloody Marys

After a very cold walk around the zoo, Stephanie took me to a place to make our own bloody marys!! YUM. It was a cool experience, but also a bit overwhelming for someone who has never made their own bloody mary from scratch. They had sooooo many different types of seasonings, peppers, hot sauces, veggies, etc. Somehow mine turned out yummy!!!! I want to do it again. 🙂

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Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.

If you can only pick one place to eat during your “4 days for the Foodie in Chicago” experience, you HAVE to go to Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.!!! You hear about the deep dish pizza, but here’s something unique Chicago is also known for — Potpie pizza! Well, I guess it’s not really a “Chicago thing,” but this place made it a thing! It was 3 p.m. and we still had a wait an hour to get a seat!! GOODNESS, it was worth the wait!!! Their story is really unique too, but their pizza presentation is top-notch! They lay the cheese down first followed by the meat sauce and topped by the crust. Once it is made, they deliver it to your table and flip the dish over for the gooey cheesy goodness. SO GOOD!!!!!

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After our awesome and FREEZING day adventuring around the city, we took it easy that evening while it snowed. 🙂

Day Four

Hutch + Shopping

To conclude my “4 days in Chicago for the foodie,” we spent the final hours before my departure by enjoying brunch and shopping. 🙂 The snow was magical, but I was a little concerned my plane wasn’t going to make it off the ground. Fortunately, it was Chicago and even their planes have snow plows on the front … jk. 😉 Brunch at Hutch was delicious and I totally appreciated the fact that Stephanie wanted to split our meals, so we had the opportunity to taste test everything! The french toast and eggs benedict were both fabulous dishes I would recommend!! The place was VERY popular, so I guess you cannot go wrong with any of their food. 🙂 Soon after shopping, I was off on my way back to Virginia. Overall, a great, filling experience in Chicago!!!

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Be sure to save this post for your next “4 days in Chicago for the foodie” trip!!

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Stephanie Schloe

I’m a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Florida and Virginia. Whether I’m in the mountains or at the beach, my soul feels right at home in the raw beauty of nature. I am genuinely excited to share these adventures with you! Favorite Destination: Railay Beach, Thailand

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