5 Free Activities in Chicago

The bean

Hey, party people! How have all you beautiful souls been? I know it's been a minute since I've posted so quick recap- Jesse and I did some light traveling, first to Chicago to see some dear framily, then we headed south to Atlanta to see some more of our loving framily, then further south to Mexico City and Acapulco for our delayed honeymoon. So let's jump right in and talk about our first stop: the beautiful, windy city- Chicago!


To me, there's something so special about the city of Chicago. The old brick buildings with their cute yet probably dangerous fire escapes, Chinatown eats, the shopping scene and night life, and the fact that I can feast on Garrett's Popcorn is a huge bonus. One of other perks of Chicago is that my aunt and my lovely roommate from college live near, so our visit to Chicago included lots of time with them and Jesse's old teammate from college.

Garrett's popcorn aaas
beloved fire escapes
Chicago dogs dawg

This was my third trip to Chicago, Jesse's first trip ever, and our first time back on American soil in about a year, so we we're pretty freakin' excited. Not just excited about fun and delicious Chicago things but about all of the American goods that we (mostly I) missed so madly, like, TJMaxx, HomeGoods, Goodwill, Target and dare I say it, Wal-Mart- I realise how basic I sound, I just don't care. I missed basically any one stop shop or thrift store that I could get any and everything from. I missed that. Grunge and all.

Dreamy brick buildings

But in regards to Chicago specifically, there's plenty of amazing and fun things that you can do (including Target!). Here are the five things that I loved to do, and it won't break the bank my friend, because they're all free!

1. The Bean- Millennium Park

It is a staple of Chicago and no matter how many times I see it, it always seems to force me to take awesome selfies despite all of the finger-smears on the steel!

Millenium park

2. Lakefront Trail around Shedd aquarium

Take a walk around the Lakefront Trail to get an amazing view of the skyline. Then sit, have an extra large coffee at an inappropriate time of the day and have a lovely conversation with someone you love.

Iced coffee with a view

3. Chinatown

I find Chinatown to be such a fun community to take a walk in to visit the stores filled with all of the fun Chinese gadgets and snacks you can't find anywhere else. Even if you don't buy anything, it's still entertaining. But if you do want to have some cheap eats, head over to MingHin Cuisine for some quality Cantonese food and/or dim sum, if you want some of dem..get it?

4. Chicago Riverwalk

Another fun way to see the hustle and bustle of the city is to saunter down Chicago Riverwalk. You'll pass up some restaurants and bars so you could stop for a quick bite or a little drank. Or you could take a boat or kayak tour for those who desire more of an activity. Or you could simply walk, it was enough for us. We had to burn off brunch at Yolk and the calories packed into Garrett's popcorn anyway.

Chicago Riverwalk

5. Chicago Athletic Association

Last but not least, this Chicago Athletic Association. It used to be an all men's club but the building has been restored into a swanky, chic hotel. It includes a bar, cafe, game room, speakeasy, and two restaurants- one with an outdoor terrace and a pretty nice view. It's all open to the public even if you're not a guest at the hotel. If you just walk in and ask for a tour, the staff will happily oblige you in a tour of the beautiful building! While you're inside you can stay for a drink or a coffee if you're really ballin'.

View from Chicago Athletic Association
Garden off Michigan street
City skyline

We had an amazing time in Chicago with our friends. But between the jet lag and the number of days that we were there, we didn't get to see all that Chicago has to offer, so I think another trip is in our future! So what are some of activities that you love to do in Chicago?

Next stop, for us, was Atlanta! Come back for the part II next Monday.

I hope you all have a great start to this week!

xo- Mia

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