Friends, Food, and Hamilton in Chicago
For my last couple birthdays David has gotten me tickets to plays and musicals – proving that he is by far the better gift giver in our relationship. For this year's birthday he got me tickets to HAMILTON. Yes. TO. HAMILTON. Even better – two of our best friends came up and spent the weekend with us!
David planned the most fabulous weekend, and I wanted to share the list of what we did with you guys – it's full of Chicago "must sees," and so great for everyone that lives here OR those coming in from out of town!
On Friday night we started out with a wine tasting at WineHouse – this great wine store by our place that has regular tasting and events. On that particular evening they had a girl scout cookie and wine pairing event. It was awesome.
From there we headed to Parachute. You're going to read this a lot in this post – but it was so. so. awesome. The table ahead of us was running a little behind, so they gave us complimentary apps! Their menu is constantly changing, and we seriously can't wait to go back to see what they'll have next.
After dinner we headed out on the town and hit up different places around town. We started with Spilt Milk – I've been reading about this place and was not disappointed!
The next morning we wanted to make sure to show our friends the sites, so we started with Cindy's. Anyone that's been here knows it is one of the best places in town, with both great atmosphere and food, and a fantastic view of Millennium Park. They do a great job of making sure the place isn't over-crowded, which means there is usually a wait – but it's never too long and it's so worth it!
Next stop was to walk around downtown and River North, and shop a bit on Michigan Avenue. After walking all morning we stopped for another rooftop view at LondonHouse Chicago.
And then it was time to go home and get ready for the main event of the weekend – HAMILTON. I've heard so many great things about Hamilton, I wondered if it could even live up to the hype. We arrived at the theater around 5:30 and wondered why we were the only people there! As it turns out, David read the tickets wrong, and the show wasn't actually until 8pm – thank goodness. At first we thought we had completely missed the show!
We had a dinner reservations at Momotaro, and originally planned on going to dinner at 8:30 – after the show. Thankfully, they were also really flexible and were able to fit us in for dinner before heading back to the theater.
Guys, with nearly every single bite of food SOMEONE at our table announced "this is the greatest thing I've ever eaten." If you haven't been, we seriously cannot suggest Momotaro enough! From the great service to the fantastic food, everything was wonderful.
Full and ready for the musical, we headed back to the theater and finally got to experience Hamilton. Every single part of it was just as good as I had heard, to the point that I really can't put how amazing it was in to words. I'm lucky enough to have scored another set of tickets and am taking my mom in June, and I cannot wait to experience it again.
For the last day of our friends' stay we took them to Wrigley Field. As they're huge baseball fans, this was such a cool experience for all of us! We walked around Wrigleyville and checked out the stadium as they were preparing for opening day.
Having our friends here was SO MUCH FUN, and we miss them already.
Did we miss any of your favorite places around town? Leave them in the comments so we can make sure to check them out!