This post will be all about my very short work trip to Chicago. I’ve never been there before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but it turned out to be so fun and it is such a beautiful, classy city.
Our first stop off the plane and long taxi ride from the airport was The Fairmont’s restaurant Aria,where my co-worker and I stayed. It’s a nice looking looking Asian restaurant that did not have great reviews online but we were so starving that anything sounded good! I got a salmon roll and a California roll, both were pretty good, not amazing but hit the spot for sure.
Next we check into our rooms, I got upgraded to a suite with a pretty view!
The room was very big (for one person!), it was almost a bit empty!
After relaxing in our rooms for a bit, we headed to dinner at RPM Italian. Thankfully my co-worker booked our reservation about two months in advance and we got the last 8pm for that night! Our table wasn’t quite ready so we got two glasses of prosecco while we waited.
This is one of my co-worker’s favorite restaurants so she’s been there more than a few times 😉 Our waiter brought us some complimentary cheese-stuffed peppers for her loyalty! We also ordered the truffle garlic bread, I could have eaten the whole loaf myself! What I really wanted to do is take it all into my hotel room bed and nibble on it like a squirrel…Maybe another time.
We like to split things so we had the Tuscan kale salad with pecorino and lemon, really tasty!
Then we ordered a million plates of pasta, it’s not as much as it looks, I promise! In order: Maine lobster ravioli with spinach pasta and lemon; goat cheese ravioli with ramp pesto; and a basic spaghetti with some meatballs. My favorite was the lobster ravioli of course!
Dessert was a must so we got the hazelnut tartufo, a ball of chocolate gelato rolled in a chocolate-hazelnut crunchy shell. The center was dark chocolate gelato. This was amazing, I love the crunchy shell and that it take a bit of work to crack.
The next morning, I was hungry, surprisingly, so I got some oatmeal because I knew we wouldn’t be eating for a while since it was the first day of the meeting we were doing! I bring a small container of my chia, hemp and mac mix to add to oats when traveling so this was exactly what I wanted!
I have no pictures from during the day because we were just in the basement of the Swissotel all day! But when the evening arrived, we headed to Smith & Wollensky, a steakhouse right on the Chicago river. Just look at the great view! Perfect for a Chicago first-timer like me.
Our dining room was made up real pretty!
My dining partner, the blue water and some good wine we enjoyed!
I chose the green salad, salmon and chocolate cake!
Pan-seared salmon with mushrooms. This was pretty good, I liked the mushroom sauce!
I was really looking forward to the chocolate layer cake but it was kinda meh, not moist enough and the frosting wasn’t great, of course I still ate it all!
An artsy photo taken by my co-worker
We went to bed with full tummies and woke up for one more half-meeting day. Luckily, after that, we got a chance to explore a little. First stop was Millennium Park and the bean!
I thought this picture was pretty cool but I’m sure everyone takes the same picture! (I don’t know the people in it!)
Next stop was for some deep dish pizza, at Giordanos.
Unfortunately we didn’t have time for a whole pizza because it takes 45 minutes to make! So we got personal size ones and added veggies. It was really good and plenty of food for a reasonable price. I still like thin crust better but I would definitely come here again!
On our tour de Chicago we also walked down Michigan Ave (the magnificent mile) that has tons of awesome shopping and we stopped by Dylan’s Candy Bar and I got a bag of candy for the plane (sometimes I feel like a little kid!). Then we got a taxi to the airport but it took us an HOUR to get out of the city, like we weren’t even to the highway yet, it was like 5 miles tops. Then it took another 45 minutes to go the 14 miles to the airport!! Yikes, I had no clue how bad Chicago traffic is! So I nervously ate my candy during the car ride while my cool-as-a-cucumber co-worker snoozed peacefully. It’s hard to be high-strung sometimes 😉 We did make it on our plane though, luckily the plane was running a little late but it definitely made me sweat, I think I aged about 10 years during the cab ride, lol!
We have a meeting in Austin, Texas next week, busy busy! Hopefully I can post again either before or right after that and I’ll have some good foodie pics I hope! Anyways, thanks for reading 🙂