How To Spend 1 Day in Chicago

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This past weekend I headed up to Chicago with two friends to meet up with two of our other friends. One lives in Milwaukee and drove down and the other lives in Chicago, which is pretty convenient because we can just stay at her place. With everyone’s hectic schedule we headed there on Thursday and left on Saturday morning, so really we had one full day to explore. Here is how we spent our day in Chicago!

Friday Morning:

Brunch! This is seriously one of my favorite things to do. We went to WHISK where the whole restaurant is decorated in all things Ron Swanson. The restaurant is also BYOB, so grab your favorite bottle of champagne (or four) and head over! You don’t need to bring your own juice, they have fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juices that they will provide.

It was very hard for us to decide on what to get because everything on the menu looked delicious! I ordered the Veggie Croissant (super yummy!) that had american cheese, spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, garlic aioli, and two eggs and is served with house potatoes. I am a fan of anything with avocados or aioli so I had to get it. If you have a sweet tooth they have a pumpkin cinnamon roll pancake that looks delicious. We were going to order it to share, but were too full after eating our meals. This only means I have another reason to go back 😉



After brunch we headed out to the lake! We went to Oak City Beach. We didn’t expect to have good weather so we did not bring our suits, but we just enjoyed the view. I did see there was a company were you can rent chairs if you do decide to spend the day by the lake. I love that you can sit by the water and have a city view!

Oak City Beach, Chicago

Oak City Beach, Chicago

Unfortunately, about 30 minutes after we got there it started to pour! So we had to hurry and order an Uber back to my friend’s apartment.


It pretty much poured all night. Since we didn’t feel like going out in the rain for dinner we ordered pizza in. There are so many restaurants in Chicago to choose from though for dinner! This one is more of an after a night out place, but Cheesies is a place to definitely check out if you love grilled cheeses. They have a grilled cheese with chicken tenders in it, so amazing!

After eating and getting ready we made our way to the Lion’s Head Pub located in Lincoln Park which is a sports bar and upstairs is The Apartment which is for dancing. Lincoln Park along with Old Town is a good area to check out if you are looking to go out. There are a lot of bars to choose from.


Other Activities to Do While in Chicago:

  • Lincoln Park Zoo: Free!!
  • Navy Pier
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Cloud Gate (the bean)
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Willis Tower
  • Millenium Park
  • Garfield Park observatory
  • Wrigley Field
  • The Chicago Theater
  • Shopping on Michigan Ave

Chicago has so many things to do no matter what your interests are! What is your favorite thing to do while in Chicago?

xx Chynna


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