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So I have been traveling for the last two weekends back to back, which also explains my sudden disappearance from the blog. Chicago, a city I have been to multiple times, yet I am still not able to completely fall in love with it although I had a good time here with my friends. This time it involved LOTS of walking, some touristy things, and of course eating. I will let pictures do most of the talking, recommendation on few places/activities that I thought was enjoyable, and share my short 3 days here. Enjoy!Day 1 : It involved grabbing dinner at some Irish pub since it was close to our hotel but later on, went to couple places in W. Hubbard st namely The Boss Bar & Bub City.Day 2 : Unless you want to pay a lot of $$$ to park and spend half your time in traffic, avoid cars at all cost. Chicago has a pretty good public transportation (subway and bus) and Uber has made traveling so much easier. Depending upon how many days you are staying and what areas you want to visit, it might be worth getting a 1-day/3-day/7-day pass. We did most of your traveling via foot, subway/bus, and Uber. Lunch was at Sabri Nihari Restaurant for a very authentic Pakistani food. Everything we ordered (nihari, haleem, goat biryani, chicken pakoda) was so freaking good..Because of food coma, I forgot to take photos but this is probably one of the best restaurant for Pakistani food. After all that food, we strolled around Devon street and stopped for more food, naturally. We got some vegetarian Indian snacks, namely pani puri & chaat from Uru Swati.Later on, we went to the famous Bean and sat around the millennium park area as we were exhausted from the heat + walking. We ended our evening with a very disappointing deep dish pizza experience. In the past, I have been to Giordiano's couple of times and didn't mind their food. However, for the sake of convenience, we decided to try to Uno Pizzeria & Grill,,,after almost an hour wait, we got a pizza with rock hard pizza crust. I should have listened to other people and gone to Pequods Pizza instead.

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Day 3: The day started with at Dollop Coffee; I had their lavender vanilla latte and chocolate pie, both of which were wonderful. I love the decor, vibe and service here. The plan was to get brunch from Wildberry (per my friend Reshma). However the wait was 2 + hours so that was a no-go for us hungry tourists.  So after calling several other brunch places, we ended up with hot dogs and curly fries from the Navy Pier. I was slightly disappointed but I didn't want to miss other festivities such as renting a bike and getting on a ferris wheel. The bike was probably one of my favorite things here besides Sabri Nihari experience! So you basically rent a bike for 24 hours and take it to the charging station every 30 minutes (which could cost you lot more if you don't plan your route correctly, trust me I know).I absolutely loved sitting by the water and do nothing and it was a perfect weather for that. Image via my friend. It seems like Saturday was just not our day for restaurants because we Ubered ourselves all the way to  The girl and the Goat (without the reservation because they had nothing available but at 4:45 pm & 11:45 pm) with some hope. When that failed, we ended up at a quaint Japanese restaurant in the basement underneath Sushi Dokku called Booze Box. According to the website, it is a Japanese Izakaya-style small plates and Japanese street food that is meant to be casual and intentionally full of texture, fat and salt. The lighting was very poor here so I didn't take any photos but we had the following (dokku snack mix, chicken karaage, okonomiyaki, tako yaki, ramen noodles, udon, and tempura icecream) and everything was just perfect! I'd happily go back there again. And the night concluded at the Signature Lounge, an ideal spot to see Chicago from 96th floor. It doesn't get better than that.  Image via

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Day 4: Before catching my friends for brunch, I stopped at Julius Meinl for their cold-brewed coffee and Mozart dark chocolate mousse, pistachio mousse, chocolate cake, pistachio nougatine. This is like heaven in your mouth!!!!! We had a pretty hearty brunch at Lou Mitchell's Restaurant. Expect some wait time and fiesty but super nice customer service..

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Since I wasn't leaving until the evening that day, I had so much time on hand to check out different stores, bike and walk around the city more. In the process, I stopped at Eataly for the first time; I wish I had energy to explore that store more but I sat down, did some people watching and enjoyed my pasta. I had their ravioli with ricotta, peas, and asparagus. I love the ravioli but wasn't a big fan of the peas in there, nevertheless, the store looked amazing and I'd love to spend more time here next time. ....and soon it was time to leave for the airport. Overall, it was a relaxing yet tiring weekend (I don't know if that makes sense) and it was nice to catch up with one of my really good friend. While at the airport, I got dinner at Wolf Gang Puck Express Cafe, which did not disappoint. The hummus wrap was on point and I am thinking of re-making this at home. However, the garlic french fries for $7 is such a sham.'In a nutshell, stay in downtown - do not drive - get Uber/ public transportation - make reservations prior if you absolutely want to eat at certain restaurants - go with the flow. [Tweet "Chicago - Recap of my short trip! "]

Have you been to Chicago?

What are some of your favorite things to do/places to eat here?