This Grand Adventure: Chelsa-Bea: Christmas in Chicago

December 18, 2013

Christmas in Chicago

Last week I headed to Chicago for a bestie trip with my dear college friend, Ange, and to celebrate my husbands birthday! Ange is one of my favorites. Sadly, we hadn’t seen each other since my wedding because of work, schedules and distance. So, when the opportunity presented itself and, since it was on my 30 Before 30 list, we decided to make Chicago happen!

Truth be told, we spent most of the trip in our hotel room, snuggled up under layers of fluffy covers since it was twenty-below-zero outside. Seriously, that isn’t even a joke.. We gossiped, caught up on life, reminisced on the past and shared future dreams. We sipped Prosecco from hotel cups and munched on pretzel toffee and Garrett’s Popcorn. And when we finally felt brave enough, we threw on eighty thousand layers of clothing (which still wasn’t enough to keep us warm) and head out onto the beautiful streets of Chicago.

^^^I had planned to take loads of pictures but the temperature (you heard it was cold, right?) put a bit of a damper on my photo taking.^^^
^^^Quintessential "Bean" pics because, why not?^^^

Did I mention that Ange and I take our consumption of food very seriously? We both actually consider it one of our favorite hobbies, so we were very careful in planning each of our dinning opportunities. Thanks to everyone who gave awesome suggestions on where to stop while we were on our trip! Here’s a quick synopsis of our meals:

On Wednesday night we indulged in tapas fare and pomegranate sangria at CafĂ© Ba-Ba-Reeba. Thursday morning we took in coffee and croissants at Intelligentsia. After carefully traversing Michigan Avenue in the below-zero temps we made our way to BadHappy Poutine Shop for comforting plate of pulled-pork poutine with PBR gravy. After a quick snooze, we headed out to Gino’s East so we could celebrate my husband’s birthday with his favorite Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza. Following dinner, we continued our celebration at the luxurious and fancy Pops for Champagne. After sleeping in quite late on Friday morning we headed over to the newly opened and highly anticipated Eataly. We devoured some handmade pasta, along with a few scoops of pistachio gelato and a few heartwarming espressos.

I adore big cities this time of year. There’s something majestic about the urban landscape being covered in lights. I love the shop windows, the holiday music spilling onto the streets and how festive everyone looks bundled up in their layers. Chicago was the perfect addition to our holiday season. It was one of those trips that will keep me smiling on days when my cross-country friends feel so very far away.


  1. I love everything about this and I agree, it will make me smile even when we are thousands of miles apart. Merry Christmas!

  2. Oh, what fun, Chelsea! So happy that you got to spend some quality time with one of your besties in Chicago, even if it was freezing outside... and I love that y'all took your food seriously, even though the weather put a bit of a damper on the trip.

    This makes me want to gather up some of my best girlfriends and take a trip!