Chicago was a whirlwind, both the city and our trip. We crammed as much as we could into the 2 short days surrounding the wedding we were there for. Thank you to all for your input on where to go, what to eat, and what to see!
We're vertically challenged.......our offspring can aspire to be hobbits........or jockeys.
(This pic is more for Mr. FC) I mentioned that the wedding was a fraternity brothers reunion of sorts. I wasn't lying; there's several more guys who didn't get rounded up for this pic. Scandalous stories & secret handshakes flowed freely all night. We're all in our 30's, it's time to move on, guys......
Chicago Day 1: We made it to the city the following day, sufficiently hungover from the wedding festivities. Doesn't take much these days. It was a gorgeous day (the rest of the trip was rainy & windy) and since our hotel room wasn't quite ready yet, we walked over to the shore. Hello Lake Michigan, I never realized how ginormous and impressive you are!
The Raffaello Hotel, where we rested our sore feet. Historic, charming, 4-star boutique hotel experience plus the hotel is on a quaint, quieter street off of Michigan Ave. Loved it (though the bathroom was a bit small). Tip: request a room overlooking the city if possible. Our room faced inward & the "courtyard" was a bit depressing.
Some hotel details that caught my eye:
We dined at an upscale French-Vietnamese restaurant, Le Colonial, that night (I think there's one in San Francisco & New York as well). OH.MY.FREAKING.WORD. Our meal was perfection (believe me, I know my Vietnamese food), the ambience was amazing (it felt like we were in French Colonial times instead of smack dab in the middle of metropolitan Chicago), and the service was top-notch. And the food, I about lost my shiznit, the food! Each dish was delicate in presentation but complex in flavors; nothing was overpowering. The chefs there seriously worked their magic with blending spices, subtle sauces, and freshly fragrant herbs in such a harmonious way. We were blown away. Thanks again, Suzie, for such a stellar recommendation!!
not pictured because we devoured it like animals: bo sate (sautéed diced filet mignon with sate spice, yams, & string beans)