Ahh yes, the Windy City.  They don’t call Chicago that for nothing.  Sam and I nearly froze during our visit there over the weekend.  Living in California, you just don’t understand the meaning of “cold” like others do living in other places of the world, and you certainly don’t understand the meaning of an appropriate “cold weather” wardrobe.  Sam in his denim jacket and me in my loose knit sweater.  It just didn’t do the trick in 30 degrees and whipping winds.  But even the locals said it was an unusually cold week.  Lucky us! We were silly and cold, but we had a blast.

Chicago has got to have one of the coolest downtowns I have ever visited.  You can just FEEL the energy and history and culture as you walk through the streets.  And might I add, some pretty epic shopping as well.  Oak Street was full of designer boutiques like Mark Jacobs, Prada, Ultimo and Hermes of Paris…which I mainly just window shopped (drooling a little here and there).  While just down the road were more affordable shops like H&M, Barney’s, Urban Outfitters, Deisel, and a massive F21.  Danger zone for a girl like me!

We were not shy when it came to sampling the flavors of Chicago.  Two MUST-HAVE’S on my list while we were in the city were deep dish pizza and an authentic chicago-style hot dog.  Did you know they pile on tomatoes, relish, onions, mustard, peppers, and a full pickle onto the “jumbo dog”!?! SOOO good.  That pickle made all the difference. haha.  Needless to say, I had much more than my gluten fill on this trip, so this week I am on detox mode.  Or at least attempting to be!

We strolled through Millenium Park to pay a visit to the giant silver bean I had heard about!  Literally, the thing is 20 feet tall, 30 feet wide and 60 feet long…and made of nearly 18 tonnes of steel! So nuts.  It gives you an insane view of the city’s skyline, the lake, AND Michigan Avenue – all the things that represent Chicago.  These photo’s don’t even really do it justice.

And below are a few pictures of the REASON we took this vacation, to help celebrate the wedding of our close friends.  I guess I was enjoying the festivities too much to remember to take out my camera! That always happens! ….but how handsome is my husband!? ;)


  1. Amy

    I’m from Chicago so this post was fun for me to read. :) It has been really cold here lately, I would give anything to go to California to escape this never-ending winter!

  2. meghan

    oooooo I’m pretty envious you got to eat a Chicago-style hotdog IN Chicago ;) I had some amazing ones from a little place in Long beach that I still long for…

  3. christa

    oh fun! makes me want to visit Chicago. those hot dogs look so yummy! and yes, your husband is adorable. lucky you :D

  4. kelly ann

    I almost moved to Chicago last year for a job… it didn’t end up working out, but goodness – I know I would have loved it there!

    And now I really want a hot dog. Or pizza. Or both. ;)

  5. krust

    You are gorgeous! Looks like you had a fun trip! I have never been to Chicago, but I’d love to go when it’s not too windy! haha.

    Those hot dogs look amazing! Now, all I want is a HOT DOG!

  6. Carly

    I am so glad you guys loved my city! It was great to have you here. And, you will have to come back sometime in the summer. : p


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