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24 Hours In Chicago

November 15, 2012 by @VanessaRivers

Last weekend I spent just a little over 24 hours in Chicago, one of my favorite cities in the U.S.A.! I flew in with my boyfriend Sunday afternoon, and we were very happy with the last-minute room we booked at the Sheraton which was affordable and located just a stones throw from Navy Pier on Lake Michigan, in the heart of the city. Chicago is recognized across the United States as a very passionate sports town, so after admiring the killer view of the Chicago River, Trump Tower, the Wrigley Building and the Chicago Tribune from our room, we walked down the street to Timothy O’Toole’s Pub to grab a few beers before heading to The Bears v. Texans game at Soldier Field. The Bears sadly lost and it rained the whole time, but we had great seats and it was my first pro football game, so I still had a blast. Plus I think it helped that we washed down the painful loss with a few cocktails and some of the best deep-dish pizza on the planet!

The next morning the temperature dropped from 66 to below 40 so we bundled up before taking a leisurely stroll from our hotel along the river, stopping for lunch at Smith & Woolensky’s Grill on the water. This high-end steakhouse boasts a fantastic array of salads, soups, steaks and fresh fish, along with an exceptional wine list. And you can’t beat the beautiful location, looking out over the Chicago River. After lunch we reluctantly headed to the airport, but if we had another day in the city we would have taken the Chicago Architecture River Tour (which I have heard is very cool), and hit up some of our favorite Blues Clubs. Guess we’ll have to plan another trip back to one of my favorite cities very soon!






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