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We went to Chicago and all we got were amazing memories!

Back in February, I decided I wanted to surprise Hunter with a vacation to explore a new spot.  With both his 30th birthday and college graduation impending, I knew I wanted it to be a marvelous location fit for a really good, hard working man.

After researching, I felt Chicago would be a good spot based on the fact neither of us had ever been, the food pics through all of social media are continuously salvation central, and the art scene potential for my man was too good, as Hunter enjoys art quite a bit.  This ended up paying off incredibly well, more to come in pics below.

In short, Chicago did not disappoint.  Not one bit.  Culture, beautiful sights, tremendous food opportunities, and we managed to explore 40 miles, walking alone, in 3-1/2 days.  In no particular order, my favorite parts were:
-the Skydeck experience
-Carmine's
-Over Easy Cafe in Ravenswood
-Staying at the Kimpton Allegro 
-Walking everywhere, taking in all the sights, there was something to see everywhere!


Seriously.  All the food was heaven sent and we honestly didn't have a single bad meal over the span of 4 days.  Those two places listed above though...just man...Hit. It. Out.











                                  
                                     See??? All the foods!!!!!



We trekked all over Ravenswood, Lincoln Park, Old Town, all around the Loop, went to the Skydeck.  Man was it gorgeous!  Beautiful, magnificent scenery every step of the way.  PS I'm moving. #JKMom






We also explored Navy Pier

Enjoyed a Chicago style hot dog-despite the disgrace to the wonderful city of adding ketchup to those dogs-Sorry Chitown


Checked out the Bean



One of my best, good girlfriends joined us for one day of exploration since she lives only about 4 hours away.  That was an adventure in and of itself.  So glad we got to see our Izzy!



Speaking of good friends to go through life with, one of my great friends from childhood (seriously, we've been friends for 22 years!) works at the hotel we stayed at and she was so, so gracious to leave some love in our room to find upon our arrival.
I mean really?!  Such a kind, over and above gesture!!!





One of the most amazing parts of the journey was setting out to observe a Shepard Fairey original creation.  He is one of Hunter's favorites and it could not have been more perfect to go looking around and find it.  Glorious glorious!

So happy as we navigated to find the artwork!





Amazingly enough, there was another artist Hunter follows who had done some work nearby and we got to take that in too.  This made the entire trip worth it, for my man to find those pieces of work.

We had a blast, if I haven't made that abundantly clear, so please make your way to the wonderful Windy City and take in all you can.  There is so much to appreciate.

And to leave you, I share any other pics I couldn't cram in elsewhere:



That's a damn good looking man at 30!
So so soooo preeeetty


 Happy Birthday my amazing and wonderful love!



Until we meet again,
M

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