In the City of Chicago…

by Holly on July 19, 2009

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…there is shopping to be had!

Yes, it’s true.  A lot of shopping to be had.  The weekend has absolutely flown by (as usual) but not before us ladies stormed every shop and boutique in this fabulous city!  We arrived late on Thursday night after a llloonngggg 6-hour drive and immediately hit the hay in preparation for dia numero uno en la ciudad de viento!

We prepped and primped then made our way into the city just in time for some lunch at a fabulous cafe in Bucktown – Northside Bar and Grill!

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Vegetarian Falafel Wrap + side salad with a dijon vinaigrette = SOOOO GOOD.

Me and my newest married friend, Jess.

Me and my newest married friend, Jess.

After lunch, we continued our way through the Logan Square neighborhood perusing all the fab boutiques and finding perhaps one of the greatest lil’ hidden treasures N. Damen Avenue has to offer…

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A Bucktown must!

Yes, the restaurant is called HOTCHOCOLATE.  Do you really need another reason to have to go inside?  Well, if you by chance do, know that the owner/chef Mindy Segal is a two-time James Beard award winner for Outstanding Pastry Chef.  She is the ridiculous genius behind this creation…

ONE YUMMY HOMEMADE OREO COOKIE.

ONE YUMMY HOMEMADE OREO COOKIE

Then it was more shopping!  No lie, I’ve made several purchases throughout the weekend.  However, us 5 ladies are perhaps the GREATEST bargain shoppers ever because I haven’t paid more than $50 for any one item – including a pair of jeans, one chunky sweater, a dress (for another wedding this weekend!), a blouse, three tank tops, a shirt and a pair of capri pants.  That totes deserves a woowoo!

We also headed to the completely adorable Lincoln Park neighborhood…

Beboppin' and shoppin' in Chitown...

Beboppin' and shoppin' in Chitown...

For dinner, we headed to the fabulous tapas restaurant Cafe Ba Ba Reeba!

Unfortunately, I didn’t snap any pics of any of the goods, but since it was all tapas-style, there were SO many plates at the table and small tastes of everything going around, it was foodie chaos!  However, the roasted beet salad with honey vinaigrette and Marcona almonds was FAB-U-LOUS!  It was all incredibly delicious, and I highly recommend this restaurant.  If for nothing else, than the caramelized bananas with vanilla ice cream!

Day #2 in Chicago was full of well, more shopping!  However, Jess’s mom didn’t feel too good on Saturday so instead of going into the city, we stuck closer to Jess’s apartment and headed off to the mall.  In the middle of shopping, I got uber-hangry and needed some fuel…pronto!  Luckily, one of my fave quick bites is also healthy…

Starbucks Power Protein Plate: bagel w/ PB, apple, grapes, cheese + hard-boiled egg.  Perfect satiety on the run.

Starbucks Power Protein Plate: bagel w/ PB, apple, grapes, cheese + hard-boiled egg. Perfect satiety.

In a mall of fast food fanaticism, this was a much welcomed break.

Saturday night, we kept things low-key and went to see the movie My Sister’s Keeper.  Ummm…can you say sobfest?  I am not even that big of a crier (I have only really cried at the movies Forrest Gump + Armageddon in my life), but I was a huge, sobbing mess by the end of the movie.  Followed up by lotsa episodes of Sex and the City and Archer Farms Monster Trail Mix from Target (the best!), it was a fabulous girl’s evening :).

Breakfast this morning was a new, yummy combo…

Banana Nut Cheerios + Banana Nut Bear Naked granola + skim milk = yummalicious combo.

Banana Nut Cheerios + Banana Nut Bear Naked granola + skim milk = yummalicious combo.

Now, we are finishing watching more Sex and the City (can’t help it, we’re girls!) then hittin’ the road back to MN!  Be back later tonight with some on the fly eats from the day and more Chitown lovin’!

{ 22 comments }

ksgoodeats July 19, 2009 at 11:11 am

Oh mah gah! You were right by my cousin’s house!! He lives off of Damen! Glad you had a great time – you’re making me want to go!

Andrea@WellnessNotes July 19, 2009 at 11:11 am

Sounds like a great weekend! :) I love shopping and finding great bargains!

insideiamdancing July 19, 2009 at 11:31 am

Looks great! Aaaah, I want to visit Chicago one day. Taking notes on your post :P

YEAH felafel and Bare Naked granola!

JB July 19, 2009 at 11:32 am

i have a falafel wrap that i get at a vegan cafe near my house. it’s my favorite wrap. i loooove it. i wonder if that homemade oreo is vegan! the commercial oreos are! looking forward to more photos, lovie!

-JB
http://cardiovegsular.wordpress.com

jenngirl July 19, 2009 at 11:40 am

Yay for Chi town adventures! I hope you’ll share a few pics of your purchases with us! ;)

Have a safe trip home!

Faith July 19, 2009 at 11:42 am

Sounds like so much fun! Love your eats (homemade oreos…wow!)!

strivingforbalance July 19, 2009 at 11:55 am

Sounds like so much fun! I love your outfit :-)

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Jenny July 19, 2009 at 12:21 pm

ok seriously Hollzzzz– you look exactly like one of my best friends from school.. hit me up on my email ’cause i’ve gotssta show you a picture of her– its crazy!

anyhooooo- sounds like you took the windy city by storm! that starbies protein breakie is callin’ my name right now.. nom nom <3

later, boo! <3 xo

Jenny July 19, 2009 at 12:21 pm

ok seriously Hollzzzz– you look exactly like one of my best friends from school.. hit me up on my email ’cause i’ve gotsta show you a picture of her– its crazy!

anyhooooo- sounds like you took the windy city by storm! that starbies protein breakie is callin’ my name right now.. nom nom <3

later, boo! <3 xo

Whit July 19, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Your mention of SATC makes me want to go watch it. SATC coming right up!

janetha July 19, 2009 at 1:08 pm

jealous of your adventures! that homemade oreo puts the boxed ones to shaaame. and the falafel wrap looks delectable. cute photos of you and jess!! nothing like shopping til you drop. especially in a place you don’t live, where all the shopping is new. love that. my starbucks locations around here don’t have anything like that little platter thang.. what gives! glad you are havin a blasty :)

april July 19, 2009 at 1:41 pm

What a great weekend! Good eats, friends, and shopping = perfection!

I’ve been wondering what those protein plates from Starbucks looked like.. they look really good actually! Was it filling?

Alison July 19, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Looks like you gals are having a fab time!

OMG homemade oreos? Drool.

Angharad July 19, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Glad you’ve been shopping up a storm in Chi-town! Sounds like such a wonderful weekend – shopping and good eating. Swoon! That wrap looks bomb diggity and homemade oreo? Err, yes please, I’ll take two :)

The tapas restaurant sounds awesome; anywhere near Grant Park? Would be awesome if I could go when I’m there next month!

Anne K. July 19, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Sounds like a wonderful weekend! I love shopping and that veg falafel wrap looks incredible! Bargain shopping is also so satisfying :)

Evan Thomas July 19, 2009 at 6:45 pm

I’ve never tried that protein plate, but I always keep it in the back of my mind if I’m looking for somewhere to eat and can’t find anything else that seems like a healthy and tasty option.

And it’s sort of silly, but the only movie I ever remember crying during was the ending of X-men 3, lol.

Lynn (The Actors Diet) July 19, 2009 at 7:11 pm

homemade oreos – shut your mouth!!!

Matt July 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Glad you had a good time in Chitown! I was born there and it truly is an awesome place!

buffmuffy July 19, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Wow that protein plate thing is awesome, as are the HOMEADE OREOS??? YUM!!!!
i wonder if our starbucks have those kind of things …
-muffy

lowandbhold July 20, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I love Chicago! It is def a shopping mecca.

I am afraid to see that movie, but I really want to! I really let sad movies affect me, but it looks so good!

Mia {runs and rests} July 20, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Looks like you are having such a great time! :D
Shopping, home made oreo, and that falafel wrap? I am so there.

traveleatlove July 20, 2009 at 7:45 pm

That sounds like SUCH a good weekend!

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