Chicago Summer 2018 Kickoff

Greetings from Chicago


A sparkling, modern city of lights with wonderfully antique architecture and a fierce food scene. AND happy hour, and BYOB! Crazy!

Although Paul and I went to high school together (but never really talked), we started dating while he was in college in Chicago. The first year we were dating, I was on a plane 12 times back and forth to visit. We explored the city, danced on rooftops, ate skillet cookies and pad thai, watched the 4th of July fireworks on the waterfront, and even trekked through a blizzard to get bubble tea after my flight home was cancelled - and Paul proceeded to spill both of them when we got back. That's where our story ALMOST ended... #kidding

We flew back to where it all started

To celebrate his big 25th birthday in a penthouse Airbnb, complete with skyline views and a rooftop deck. Cue the tiki drinks, crazy adventures, and bottles of Moet!


Food highlights:

Pineapple pancakes + pistachio whipped cream from Hash (Wicker)
Garlic shoyu ramen from Kizuki Ramen (Wicker)
Chicken wings + potstickers from Mahalo (Wicker)
Cuban sandwiches from Cafecito (The Loop)
Frose ice cream from Jeni’s Ice Cream (Wicker)
Fried rice from Joy Yee Noodle (Chinatown)
Pad Thai from Opart Thai (West Loop)
Chicken bacon french toast from Little Goat Diner (West Loop)
Skillet cookie from Fatpour Tap Works (Wicker)
Bubble tea from B.I.TEA (West Loop)

Activity highlights:

Tropical drinks and 95th floor views at 360 Chicago (Hancock Tower downtown)
Helicopter ride from Rotor Zen Helicopters
Grasshoppers and duckpin bowling at The Pink Squirrel (Logan Square)
Divvy bikes on the 606 Trail (Wicker) and by the lake waterfront
Picnics along the Riverwalk and riding the $5 water taxi

Heading to Chicago?

H A V E   A  B L A S T !

Lena Mirisola

Photographer. Bubble tea addict. Girlboss.