Our Road Trip to The Windy City: Chicago Recap

After about seven days of road tripping across the country and having all the fun in Chicago, this girl is back to reality! As bittersweet as it may feel, I am really happy to be back in my house and in my normal routine. Plus, I miss all of you guys, too!

Chicago is my absolute favorite city so much that I’ve been there about five time in the last two years! There’s no specific reason as to why I love The Windy City so much, but it just feels like home whenever I am there. And as you already know, I am over the moon happy to say Mark and I got married there! (Currently in the process of writing a blog post all about it, don’t worry).

But, my trip isn’t complete without sharing it with all of you! I’m working on a guide to Chicago (eats and spots to visit) but for now I thought it would be fun to do a little recap of our adventure and share some fun pictures with you all!

Chicago Trip 2018 Recap

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DAY 1-2

So, Mark and I love road trips and choose to drive to most of the places we visit (it’s cheaper and a lot more fun imo). We packed up the car Tuesday (March 13th) and headed from the tundra that is the North West to the beautiful city of Chicago.

When we arrived in Chicago, it was late Wednesday night (it took roughly 24 hours to drive from Montana to Illinois). We were so grateful to have our friends house us for the weekend and show us around. Our first night there was very calm and relaxing.

 

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DAY 3

Our third day of the trip, and first full day in Chicago, was on Thursday. Our friends had to work so Mark and I ventured out and explored parts of the city we haven’t seen yet. Most of our exploring consisted of checking out the restaurants I had listed in the notes app on my phone. We started at Intelligentsia for a Matcha latte (for me) and a coffee (for Mark). We then went to Do-Rite-Donuts because gluten free donuts, DUH, and then capped off our morning brunch at our favorite café, Le Pain Quotidien. We pretty much spent the time between breakfast and lunch wondering around looking at different scenery, including the location of where we planned to get married the following day. We ate lunch at HomeSlice and then later that evening we ended our day at the best burger place ever, The Burger Bar. It was a day of a lot of walking and eating. Not mad, though!

 

 

 

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DAY 4

Friday, a.k.a. OUR WEDDING DAY. This day was laid back, prepping for the excitement for later that afternoon. We started the day off with more donuts at Stan’s Donuts, did some yoga, and then ate a late brunch/early lunch at Meli’s. They had some of the best gluten free pancakes at this place, I wish I could share!!! The rest of the day consisted of well, MARRYING MY BEST FRIEND. I plan on writing a whole blog post about our wedding, so I don’t want to go into too much detail here. My best friend and her fiancé also flew into town this night, too. Just know that it was the happiest day of my life and we stayed out celebrating all night.

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DAY 5

Saturday was Saint Patrick’s Day and if you are familiar with Chicago you know they dye the river green that day and it’s basically just a huge drinking fest. While I don’t really drink all that much, I still went out with Mark and all of our friends. Unfortunately, I got “glutened” and had to go back to the house because I was very sick. Once I started to feel better and everyone else mustered up the energy, we made our way to Burger Bar, again, Yep, it’s THAT good.

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DAY 6

This was our last day in Chicago before we headed for home on Monday. We took this day to sleep in and enjoy the sunshine and Spring weather. We went to brunch again at Le Pain Quotidien and then made our way to this really awesome spot called the Game Room where we played shuffle board for a good hour. After that we wandered around the infamous “Bean” and Millennium Park until we got hungry again (lol).

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DAY 7-8

The last two days of our trip was our journey back home. We were blissed out from our wedding and all of the fun we had over the weekend. I may have slept most of the car ride, but it was nice to be cooped up in a car with my now husband. We made a small detour in Nebraska to eat dinner and explore Omaha (This was a state neither of us have been to before so it was another check off our bucket list)!

This trip was absolutely amazing and so so wonderful. Not only did we get a nice little vacation from life, but we also got married in our favorite city and got to spend our time with our closest friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip and years from now when I re-read this post, I’ll be able to look back and remember it so easily.

Share your thoughts with me! Comment below or head to my Instagram page (@iamdevonjade)! 

XOXO,

D.J.

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