We just booked an Airbnb for our second annual #catanesefieldtrip (or, I guess you could say it’s our third, if you count our honeymoon), a hashtag we made up on our trip to Chicago last year but never used. There’s still hope. We’re trying to takes trips every year for our anniversary, and this year, we’re traveling to Grand Rapids, Michigan, following these guides. We’re pretty excited about it 🙂
As I said, last year we took a trip to Chicago and visited a ton of excellent places thanks to recommendations from our friend Anna. I didn’t do a great job of documenting things, but here’s what I’ve got.
We took a 7AM Megabus from Cleveland and arrived in downtown Chicago around noon. We were obv super hungry so we took the subway to Lincoln Park and ate at Panes Bread Cafe, then went over to the highly acclaimed Heritage Bicycles for lattes. 🙌
This was our first experience with Airbnb and it was so great. We stayed in a suburb of Chicago called Ravenswood, which didn’t feel like the “city” at all. The apartment was the back quarter of a house—a perfect size for people planning to be out & about for most of the time. Our hosts were so kind and hospitable. And they had cats. 😊 It doesn’t get much better than that.
The next day (our anniversary) we went to Logan Square. We went to Cellar Door Provisions for breakfast, which had both the smallest portions and best quiche ever. I guess they even each other out. We visited Fleur (above) and had lunch at Revolution Brewing, which was delish.
We walked way too far to Humboldt Park, then walked back to Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits: the peak of this trip, the home of honey pie that still visits me in my daydreams. 😌
This day was actually pretty rough… first the small portions, then we were hassled walking to lunch, a toddler wailed all through lunch (her dad was a trooper), I wore the wrong shoes and got blisters on our walk to the park. We went back to the apartment and ordered deep dish and ate it on the porch. Not a typical anniversary dinner but it we needed it. 🍕💘 Thanks, pizza.
The next day we went to Wicker Park, immediately stopping at Stan’s Donuts, as you do (it’s right near the subway stop). There’s $2,700 worth of mixers on the wall, so you know they’re doing well.
Just a good ol’ plain glazed donut. I don’t need anything else.👌
We walked around, stopping in Buffalo Exchange, before meeting Anna for lunch. Fun story: we ran into a couple that had just met with Anna that week—they recognized us from her photos of our wedding 😂.
We met Anna at Antique Taco, which was just the cutest. I love this shirt that they sell. I got a horchata milkshake, these tacos, and we all shared chips and guac. It was so, so great to catch up with Anna—she’s so inspiring 💪.
Our last day was crazy… we packed up and traveled across the city to Hyde Park, all for the sake of visiting Plein Air Café. I was skeptical about putting so much effort into this place, but it was obviously worth it (Alex knows a good cafe when he sees it). Plein Air is on the University of Chicago’s campus, which is in session pretty much year-round, so there were students everywhere even though it was “summer.”
Even though there were people everywhere, it was remarkably quiet. We walked around and sat on some steps on campus for a good while. Maybe it was because I had just graduated, or because the weather was so nice, or because the campus was absolutely gorgeous, but I was about ready to move here and start college all over again. (I’ve since come to my senses… I’m so done with school.)
It was hard to leave Hyde Park, but we had more plans for the day before our bus left at 4. We took the subway all the way back into downtown, ate at Shake Shack, and went to visit the bean. We sat by the lake until it was time to head to the bus stop (and weather that long, long bus ride home…).
Maybe it was being in the city, or because 4 days is just too long for us to be away from home, but we were so tired & ready to go at this point. This year we’re trying out a 3 day trip to see if that’s a better trip-length for us. And maybe we’ll start using that hashtag. 😉