When we first arrived we took the 40min subway ride to our hotel downtown, dropped our bags and headed out for our first Chicago dog. We ate at Portillos. Meh. It was nothing spectacular, pretty "chain-y."
Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio. He designed several homes, like the one below, in the area. I was pretty excited to see the works of such a famous architect. After we walked around checking out all the homes we grabbed lunch at Giradano's, an iconic Chicago pizza place.
Floriole Cafe and Bakery. Like most of the places we went, I had read that they were the best in town. It was pretty delicious. I picked an assortment of pastries and at the last minute order a loaf of their sourdough. I am so glad I did! It rivals San Fransisco bread for sure.
We had a few hours left before we had to head to the airport. We walked over to the famous shiny "bean" also know as the Cloud Gate. From there we toured the Chicago Art Institute. I might venture to say this is one of my favorite art museums that I have been to. The museum was filled with world famous artist and some of their more popular works. They also had an entire section dedicated to Architecture and design, so much inspiration in one place!
Our last meal in Chicago was one more Chicago dog from Gene And Judes. This is exactly how I had imagined it to be. Cash only, three things on the menu, and a bunch of Italians with thick accents running the place. Not only was the hotdog delicious, they cut their fries right there. I am craving one now.