Travel diaries // Chicago beau

Chicago, the windy city, the chill, chi-town, etc. A grand city that sits beside Lake Michigan, and at night the twinkling lights dance along the river, sparkling for miles. I’ve taken the trip four times this year, and every time has been even better than the last. My dearest Paul lives on the North Side, and we’re too crazy for each other not to fly a thousand miles for a hug and to share midnight Vietnamese spring rolls.

Every trip was packed with activities: walking the Riverwalk during the day and at night, shopping in the Magnificent Mile, getting bubble tea downtown, eating pho and pad thai in Chinatown (complete with more tea, of course), Grant Park naps, listening to the symphony practice in Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the beloved Bean, getting some famous Garrett’s popcorn, Navy Pier and the scary ferris wheel, swimming at the beach with the skyline behind us, skillet cookies and donuts in Wicker Park, thrift shopping in Belmont and eating some mean cinnamon buns at Ann Sather, the farmer’s market, Taste of Chicago festival, parking garages with views, Wrigleyville walks, peering down 103 flights above the city on the Skydeck, quiet mornings at Loyola Beach, and so much more. 

Here’s the Lena Mirisola list of favorite places to eat in Chicago:

*The Noodle in Chinatown*
*Joy Yee in Chinatown*
ViVi Bubble Tea in the Loop
Cafecito in the Loop
*Fatpour Tap Works in Wicker Park*
Stan’s Donuts in Wicker Park
Dimo’s Pizza in Wicker Park (& Wrigleyville)
Cozy Noodle in Wrigleyville
OH Fusion Sushi & Thai in Wrigleyville
*Blaze Pizza in Belmont*
Ann Sather in Belmont

Stars are the “If you go to Chicago and don’t go here, I will be disappointed in you" category.

Chicago is such an incredibly unique place to visit. Just taking the train downtown is exciting enough. The food is amazing. The buildings are grand. The lake is fantastic. The holidays here were fun (I was there for the Fourth of July and Halloween).

Until next time... XO

And the good old iPhone shots!

Lena Mirisola

Photographer. Bubble tea addict. Girlboss.