Scenes & Good Eats: Chicago

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I might as well live in Chicago for the month of April. I was there for the better part of a week and I’ll return again soon before the month is over. I don’t mind, because I like to visit Chicago, but I wish it had been warmer!

A colleague and I decided to venture outside after we flew into the windy city, and we were greeted with cold rain. It didn’t dampen our spirits, though, as we were hungry and determined to find a cozy spot for lunch.



We settled in at Beacon Tavern, a rustic yet upscale American gastropub in downtown Chicago, tucked away in the courtyard near the Wrigley Building and easily walkable from our hotel, the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park.



The food was incredible:

  • We started with cheddar bay biscuits, little warm pillows of cheddary heaven that were easy to pop in our mouths and quick to leave the plate.
  • For my entree, I had cauliflower risotto with pickled cauliflower and raisins, though I asked for the raisins to be omitted. It was hearty but not so huge a portion that I felt I was waddling out of the restaurant after we’d paid.
  • To shake the cold from my bones and prepare for the rainy walk back to the hotel, I indulged in a midday glass of red wine. I had Hoopes Vineyard’s 2014 ‘Hoopla’ Cabernet Sauvignon, made in Oakville of Napa Valley, California: plush blackberry, smashed currants, spice box. Apparently this was one of Napa’s first growers of Cabernet.



This was my first time to the Fairmont Hotel, and I loved the decor and amenities in my room.



The meeting space that served as our Exhibit Hall reminded me of New Orleans (when can I go back to NOLA?).



And my colleague’s Cosmopolitan from the bar in the lobby was too beautiful not too take a picture:



Naturally, we kept it classy by taking our cocktails to her room and scarfing down Giordano’s while watching Live PD. Like I said, we’re classy broads.



I can’t mention Giordano’s without also mentioning Lou Malnati’s, which we also ate while in Chi-town. You’re killing my waistline, Chicago! While I’ve had Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s before this trip, eating at RPM Steak was a first. I don’t eat meat, but I ate (and drank!) PLENTY at RPM Steak, and it was all good. Highly recommended for a special treat.

While my colleagues and I are always very busy most of the time when we travel to our meetings, we try to squeeze in a little fun here and there, and naturally I always try to capture beautiful moments when I can. I love walking to Millennium Park at night and seeing the city skyline and night lights reflected in Cloud Gate. On this trip, the moon decided to photobomb the scene on the Bean!



On my bucket list for a future trip to Chicago: an architecture tour! I’ve heard great things about the architecture tour by boat, and I’d like to do this in more major cities. As always, let me know if you ever have recommendations for when I travel!