Urban Adventures In Chicago
The Doughnut Vault
There is no better place to start a day in Chicago. There's something about waiting in line for delicious, baked breakfast that gets the Midwestern spirit pumping for the day. I love being situated right in the middle of the city, ready for a day of urban adventure. Get there early, they close when they sell out!
The Art Institute of Chicago
Right next door to Millenium Park, the Art Institute is one of the city's most treasured locations. The iconic lion statues standing out front are worth the visit alone, and there is tons to see whether you're a seasoned art-goer or just curious to explore. I love to visit the Impressionist Galleries or walk through the new Modern Wing that overlooks Millenium Park and Lake Michigan.
If you're in Chicago for a day, you've got to eat breakfast for lunch. It's one of those quirky local traditions that you must indulge while you're in town. Ann Sather has the best cinnamon rolls in the entire world, and is located in Chicago's Swedish neighborhood, full of fun shops, mini-museums, and bookshops. I love their diner coffee, and I love an excuse to walk around the neighborhood.
This great quality consignment shop is located in an old 1920's theater, and is worth a visit for the amazing architecture. Their proceeds benefit AIDS research and providing medical services within the gay community, making it one of the neatest local shopping venues. I love to go here for one-stop shopping, or browsing their awesome vintage magazines.
John's Place is the kind of place where no matter what you order, it will be delicious. I've taken friends, family, dates, and co-workers to this restaurant, and it never fails to impress. Expect incredible dishes in a warm, comforting atmosphere. And right next door is Sweet Mandy B's...
The Second City
I think this comedy club might be my favorite place in the world. I love their close-knit, table seating, and I leave laughing for hours after the curtains close. The Second City is home to dozens of Saturday Night Live alumni and endless famous actors and actresses. Enjoy a show where stars are being born with delicious cocktails, and prepare to laugh your pants off.