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I have only been to Chicago, the windy city, one time but it was an amazing trip.  Chicago reminds me of a calmer version of NYC.  Lots of hustle and bustle, beautiful sights to see, great shopping, and lots of great food.   When I travel to different cities one of my other favorite things to do besides eating all day, is to check out beautiful Cathedral Churches.  Holy Name Cathedral Church on N Wabash Avenue was absolutely beautiful inside, as was the mass.  The woodwork in this Church and architectural structure was unbelievable, and I couldn't even guess how high the ceilings were.  I enjoy going into Church alone to say some prayers and then, off to find some food!

After Church, I stopped at a local health food store to bring back some food to my hotel and stick it in the fridge, for when I get hungry at night (which is like every night of course).  So I tried a few great places, but two of my favorite places to eat in Chicago are below:

  • Eataly Chicago
I have heard mixed reviews about this place so I wanted to try it out for myself.  It was a pretty cool setup.  As soon as I walked in, it was packed with people at the Espresso Bar, Nutella Pizza Station, and every other station in there.  I didn't know where to go first so I decided to walk around the whole place so I could decide what exactly I wanted.  This location was two stories.  There were a number of restaurants inside this location as well, and you could shop for kitchen gadgets (another obsession), and cookbooks.  I ended up buying a t-shirt that says "Vuoi venire a cena con me?" (translation: "Do you want to have dinner with me?"...I of course would ask where are we having dinner, before I say yes, haha).  I also bought a Eataly corkscrew, as well as a beautiful traveling wine bag.  By this time I was hungry.  I ended up stopping at one of their stations that offered a variety of roasted veggies that you could order by weight.  I ended up selecting the roasted red skin potatoes cooked in extra virgin olive oil, rosemary and garlic, and a pound of roasted brussel sprouts (I was hungry, ok).  Overall it was a good experience.

  • Chicago Raw
I had been looking for a Vegan hotspot while in Chicago when I stumbled upon this place.  A small spot to grab some great vegan RAW bites including sweet treats, with seating along the front window to people watch of course.  I had the Chicago Raw Roll (Nori Wrap), Raw Brownie, and Raw Mint Square.  They are very generous with the portions of each dessert, they are very rich so I could only eat a little at a time, which left some for later!

I hope to get the opportunity to check out Chicago again.


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