Tuesday, 4 November 2014

CHICAGO // SHOPPING AND EATING

We ended our trip with a pit stop in Chicago before flying home. We only had 2 days there but it actually was enough time to see enough of the city. We packed lots in but here are my top tips if you have a quick trip planned.


WE SHOPPED: FASHION OUTLETS- CHICAGO

So you know when you get off a plane you normally just want to check in to the hotel, unpack and mooch around the city? Well, I discovered that there was a new HUGE outlet mall that had just opened right next to the airport in Chicago and used my 'You've watched lots of football matches this holiday, we must go shopping now straight from the airport' voucher with JB. Its a 3 minute train ride from the airport and they have a free shuttle that collects you from the station and takes you to the mall. You can leave your luggage with them and be free to wander around. I was in heaven. They basically have every store you could want from Prada (with a little Miu Miu section) to J Crew to Barneys. We spent almost 2 hours in J Crew - its JB's new favourite store. I've never seen him remotely excited about shopping until the day he discovered J Crew. It's like being in Westfield but the prices are better than Bicester. I got the below DKNY T shirt for $30 and the J Crew white shirt for $20. There is a lovely food court with the usual American junk plus really healthy options and it's open until 9pm. What more could you want in a mall? {Fashion Outlets of Chicago}

 

{Inside my changing rooms: Left- J Crew // Right - DKNY}


{A Fro-yo pit stop mid shop}

WE DID: SEGWAYS

Without a doubt one of the best experiences I've had. Going on a segway hasn't ever been something I particularly wanted to do but someone recommended that we do it as its a really quick way to see the city. When we turned up I was a little apprehensive- how do you balance? How fast can you go? Can I wear heels? You know, the usual questions. We were met by our guide Chris and taken out into the park so he could teach us what to do and we could practise. It was so easy once we got the knack of it. We went on a 2 hour tour around Chicago- it was brilliant... I looked super cool in my backpack and helmet obviously :) I can't recommend this enough. Our tour guide was informative, funny and relaxed. {City Segway Tours}



WE ATE: RPM STEAK

Without a doubt the best steak I've ever eaten and the best restaurant we went to on our entire 2 week trip. I'd heard loads of chatter about RPM restaurants before we came away. It's owned by E! news presenter Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill. We arrived in Chicago on a Wednesday had this table booked for Friday night. On Thursday morning it was all over the news (Ok, not the real news, just E! new...) that President Obama ate there the previous night. Apparently he went around the restaurant and shook everyone's hands and took numerous selfies with different diners. I was gutted... would have loved to have met him (and obiovulsy an Obama selfie would have been pretty cool) but was also glad that we had already booked a table as I can't imagine it would be easy to get in there after that.

The food was DIVINE. We started with a sharing bread called Taleggio Fondue which was basically a huge round load of bread that you broke apart and dipped in  a garlic butter. My main was The Duke ribeye fillet which was honestly, the most amazing steak I've ever eaten. Dessert was chocolate cake with gold leaf. A little rich for me but that's just a personal preference thing. The decor was lovely, we sat in a booth at the back overlooking the whole restaurant, and the atmosphere was amazing. I really hope they open a restaurant in London as I'm not sure I can cope without eating here again and can't justify the airfare just to eat some steak...

 



[Our RPM Steak feast}


{Our final day was really really blooming freezing- we took a stroll down the Magnificent Mile with some hot chocolates for a final bit of shopping before flying home}


{Chicago from the John Hancock tower- a little tip, don't queue and pay loads to get into the viewing platform at the top. Instead, go the the bar one floor below the top for free and have a drink whilst looking out.} 

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