Need some ideas on how to spend a beautiful summer Sunday in Chicago? Look no further. One of my best friends was in town this past Sunday and we only had the afternoon for play time before she had to focus on work-related priorities – and boy did we git ‘er done.
Jenn didn’t land until 12:30 so we had to make excellent use of time during her short visit. After we picked her up from the airport we went straight for where any Chicagoan on a nice summer day would go, a rooftop bar! I had yet to experience IO Urban Roofscape at The Godfrey Hotel so that seemed like a logical selection for our first stop. They were still serving the brunch menu so we all ordered huevos rancheros. The presentation was beautiful (and so was the view!) but the eggs weren’t my favorite version of the dish. Since it was brunch, clearly we had to go with mimosas. I tried a strawberry-thyme and Jenn had the blueberry-lavender – both fun takes on the classic brunch bevvy.
Knowing that Jenn loves a nicely jam-packed schedule we quickly decided a tourist activity was next on the agenda. We booked tickets to one of Chicago’s newer attractions, “Tilt!” at John Hancock Center. After we made it up to the 94th floor (ears popping all the way) we then took a stroll around as the observatory boasts a 360 degree view of the city. Then it was time to Tilt… I must say, it was a little scarier than I’d anticipated. You’re up 1,000 feet and you are tilted forward 3 separate times until you can see straight down over the edge of the building. If you are in the area (and aren’t afraid of heights!) it’s worth the extra $7 in addition to the general admission prices.
So what’s next? That’s easy, because what’s a girls’ weekend (or afternoon in our case) without mani/pedi pampering?! We walked along the lakefront toward my favorite nail salon in Streeterville called Polish and Pour. Before we made our way in for our appointments we made one necessary stop at 7-eleven for a bottle of bubbly. Polish & Pour is a BYOB salon (hence the ‘Pour”) so we figured we’d better follow directions. As usual, fingers & toes left in perfectly polished condition and it was time to head home before dinner.
A quick change and we were off to Tacos Tequila in Logan Square.
I’ve been known to live in a bit of a River North ‘bubble’ so we were quite proud for breaking through the barrier and heading north and trying something different. We sat in their quaint outdoor area and enjoyed the fresh summer evening air. A pitcher of refreshing margs, serving of guac and dish of queso fundido later, we were on to tacos! Everything was authentically (and magically) delicious!
The fun and face stuffing didn’t end there…after-all, what’s a food-focused trip to Chicago without something amazingly sweet to top it all off? Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Lakeview was a no-brainer. Splendid indeed.
If you haven’t tried it yet I highly recommend it. They serve up around 20 ice cream flavors at a time — and some are seasonal and/or change on a regular basis. Sunday we tried the Brambleberry Crisp, Black Coffee, Salty Caramel, The Buckeye State, and The Milkiest Milk Chocolate in the World (for realzies). If you are not drooling at this point, I’m not sure we can be friends.
What a great afternoon with a wonderful friend. All in a Sunday Funday’s work.
xo – Kate