I recently took a trip to Chicago to visit my friends Tara & Anna -- two girls that I met because of books & blogging, but now call two of my very best friends. I love the city of Chicago (this was my second time visiting), & I had the best tour guides to show me around. So many laughs were had.. delicious food & drinks were devoured... and plenty of memories were made to last a lifetime. I adore these girls & had THE BEST time visiting!
A visit to the "beach" was a must-do on my list while in Chicago. Tara took me to her neighborhood beach, where we unloaded our cooler of snacks & drinks, laid out our beach chairs, and sat back & relaxed under the sun. I had plans to read my nook while I was there, but we both were too busy people watching! It was a beautiful day for all of the above.
A visit to the bookstore was another must! This particular bookstore was awesome because not only could you browse the bookshelves for your new favorite reads, but they also had a cafe area with adult beverages. Books + Booze! Tara & I had a little too much fun taking pics of ourselves with books we love.
Whenever I go on vacation, food + drinks is always something I look forward to. Chicago has some of the best restaurants I've ever been to. Anna & Tara introduced me to their favorite brunch spots, as well as a delicious tapas restaurant. The above pics are just a few of the delicious food + drinks I devoured while in the city.
Lots of sightseeing was to be had! We took a boat tour up & down the Chicago River, that led out into Lake Michigan. It was the perfect spot to capture beautiful photos of the city skyline. I spied the ferris wheel on Navy Pier that of course made me think of Four & Tris from Divergent!
I cannot thank Tara & Anna enough for opening up their homes to me and showing off their beautiful city. This vacation was just the right amount of relaxing fun I had been hoping for and I can't wait to visit again soon!
Have you ever been to Chicago? If so, what is your favorite thing to see & do in the city? Have you been on any vacations this summer? Tell me about the places you've visited in the comments below!