A Familiar Feeling: Chicago Take 2

by Lauren on December 6, 2012

Hello from Chicago!

I’ve been here 2 days and already, I’m having a hard time finding a free moment.  I’m here until Friday, but trying to cram in a million different things in this trip.  It’s been fantastic of course, and things have really been unfolding in ways that I’m so excited to share with you all….soon!

I’m staying at the same place I did a few weeks ago, the Aloft, O’Hare.  I am so impressed with the Aloft and really love staying here.  As soon as I got off the plane, I grabbed my bag and headed to the shuttle area to find the FREE shuttle to take me right to the front of my hotel.  The Aloft offers a free shuttle service to and from the airport, as well as around the local Rosemont area.  It’s incredibly convenient.

Tuesday night, I arrived at the hotel, settled in for a bit, and then got ready to grab something to eat.

I mentioned this last time I was here, but my friend manages a restaurant/bar right across the street from The Aloft called Kings. I was able to check it out a few weeks ago, but only to grab a few drinks.  He talks highly of their menu so I was excited to have some more time to actually assess the food situation.

Once again, the service was impressive. As soon as I sat down, I was asked what I was drinking and if I had any questions about the menu.  My first question I ask when trying out a new restaurant is, “what do you recommend?” The waiter pushed the salmon, although it didn’t take too much convincing since salmon sounded perfect at that point.

I ordered the Spinach and Strawberry Salad – with mandarin oranges, feta cheese, avocado, sliced almonds and a honey orange vinaigrette- with grilled salmon.

(excuse the awful lighting) 

The salmon was cooked perfectly and as for the salad itself, I was quite impressed.  You never really know what you are going to get with bar food, but Kings has an unexpectedly elaborate menu with a large focus on high quality, distinguished food.

 After dinner, I ended up hanging out with a few pilots I had randomly met at the airport earlier that day, who happened to show up at Kings for a few drinks. I always love getting to know people at bars – you never know who you’re going to meet.

The night ended late once I stayed out for a few more drinks with my friend once he got off.  Luckily, my meeting wasn’t until the afternoon the next day, so I was able to sleep in a bit and have a relaxed morning in the hotel before I had to make a trip into the city.

I spent a few hours downtown before making it back to Rosemont to get ready for another important dinner date with one of my closest and dearest friends, Chelsey.

It’s only been two weeks since we last saw each other, but it was like we hadn’t seen each other in years.  I can’t tell you how much I adore this girl and how grateful I am for how close we’ve gotten in the past year.  Some relationships are just meant to be!

We both decided earlier in the week that sushi was in order so Chelsey scoped out a good spot close to my hotel, Blufish Sushi Bistro.

Because it was a Wednesday night and because we were celebrating, martinis resulted.

I had the cucumber lemon martini, which was delightful!

For dinner, Chelsey and I shared a medley of three rolls and a bowl of edamame.

Everything was delicious!  By the time dessert was brought into question, we both decided it couldn’t hurt to look.  Since we are both incredibly hard to convince (<-sarcasm), it was a huge surprise that a little chocolate appeared before us.

The menu labeled this as the “Magic Cube”, but unfortunately, it was anything but magical. It tasted quite freezer burnt and anything but unordinary.  I imagined it came from a box, but it’s really to be expected from an Asian bistro.  Sushi places never seem to have good desserts, but I guess that’s because they focus on doing one thing extremely right.

Once we cleaned our plates, we hopped over to the next door Trader Joe’s so that I could grab breakfast for the next morning.

Doing the responsible thing, I called it a night after Chelsey dropped me off at my hotel.  I knew I was going to need a full night’s sleep in order to keep my energy levels up for my last full day in the city.

I slept an amazing 9 hours, woke up early, worked out, and then put together a little breakfast while getting some work done.

(Plain TJ’s Greek Yogurt, Granola, Banana, Sunbutter) 

And now I have to start thinking about the day ahead.  It’s going to be a busy one!

Something To Check Out:

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{ 12 comments }

Erica December 6, 2012 at 10:56 am

Glad the trip has been great so far! That salad is impressive! So fab. Enjoy the rest. Can’t wait to hear your news

Claire @ Live and Love to Eat December 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

Love your outfit!

Cait's Plate December 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

Looks so fun (and delicious)! And you look too cute!!

Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

You both look so pretty! Blogger meet ups are always fun :D

kim@hungryhealthygirl December 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Looks like a super fun trip so far! Hope you get tons accomplished!

Bethany @ Accidental Intentions December 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Looks like you’ve had some good eats in Chicago again! Can’t wait to hear about all the new developments in your life :)

Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Aw I just love you two girls. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying your trip so far! :)

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Glad you’re having a good trip so far and can’t wait to hear about the rest of it! :)

Laura December 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Yum! The salmon salad sounds perfect! Chicago is definitely a city that is on my list to visit. I’m so glad that you are getting to have all these exciting things happen for you!

Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife December 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm

happy to see you are having a great time in Chicago again! (:

Erica @ For the Sake of Cake December 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Glad to see you’re enjoying your trip!

Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife December 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

I nominated you for the Liebster Award! http://itsaharleyyylife.com/liebster-award/

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