Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! I cannot believe next weekend is Halloween. Where did October go???
Anyhow, tonight I’m talking about playing tourist in your own city. I love doing it in Chicago and I’ve lived here almost six years!
Sure, sometimes playing tourist is frustrating, crowds, actual tourists, etc. but it’s fun to see the city through other people’s eyes and learn things you may not have known before!
And this weekend I got a chance to do just that by taking a food and cultural tour of Bucktown/Wicker Park with Chicago Food Planet! It may have been rainy, cloudy and cool but that won’t keep me from some great local food.
I don’t spend a ton of time in these Chicago neighborhoods but there is some awesome food/shopping over there. We got to visit some of my favorite places to eat, learn more about each establishment and go on a walking tour of Wicker Park too, seeing some of the amazing homes and architecture. And after all that food, the walking felt GOOD.
Here’s some pictures from the tour:
George’s Hot Dogs – Keepin’ it real with its well-known Chicago-style Hot Dog. SO tasty.
Sultan’s Market - Best falafel sandwich I’ve ever had. I would definitely go back, even just to dine in the cool decor
iCream – You literally make your own ice cream on site (flavors, sweetners, etc.) and it’s zapped with liquid nitrogen. We had a vanilla cream soda with nutella ice cream and it was REALLY good
Liquid nitrogen turning the creations into ice cream
Yep, after all of this, I didn’t need to eat at all for the rest of the day. But I got some coupons for these places to use on another visit and I will definitely use them!
The food-filled day also helped take my mind off of a bad trip to the salon last week. Fortunately, my hair wasn’t butchered, but my stylist’s recent personal problems crept in to the appointment and my usually relaxing salon visit turned in to a stressful, unenjoyable two hours. Then to rain on my parade more, there were no buses or cabs to be found so I walked most of the way home, took a sad picture and shed a few tears along the way. Not a fun way to end the week.
What about you? How was your weekend? Do you like to play tourist in your city?
FTC Disclosure: Chicago Food Planet provided me and a guest with complimentary tickets for the tour. All opinions about the tour and the food is my own.