Monday, May 23, 2016

Chicago Snapshots

This past week I made multiple trips up to Chicago for a wide variety of things. First trip of the week was to the Shedd Aquarium with my best friend and mom for our annual trip. Every summer for the past few years we take a trip to the aquarium. It's become one of my favorite summer traditions! This year we made the trip a bit earlier because we had the time and we wanted to miss the normal summer crowds. It was the perfect day and we enjoyed snapping some photos on the patio near the food court. (*hint* it's the best spot to take photos of the Chicago skyline!) 

The views from the aquarium are amazing! I love how you can see the entire Chicago skyline. I snapped this picture with my new IL vineyard vines sticker I got at the Oakbrook location. The Oakbrook and Chicago store have super cute Chicago apparel. If you're in a store be sure to ask if they have a city specific sticker in stock!

I wore the cutest pineapple button down to the aquarium, so I had to snap some blog photos. Check out the OOTD post here

On Thursday we ventured into the city for a meeting I had at Stan's Donuts. Guys, these donuts are amazing. My mom and I have been dying to try them so I was thrilled I had the excuse to heading out to Stan's. I got the apple fritter and it was oh-sew-good! Not to mention their bags may be cuter then the donuts themselves. This day we also met my brother at Belly Up a new BBQ place just off of Michigan Ave. It was to die for! I got a sampler slider plate with BBQ chicken, pulled pork, and brisket sliders. If you are in the area it is a must. It is for sure one of my new favorite BBQ places! 

Saturday my boyfriend and I headed into the city for The College Prepsters meet and greet at vineyard vines. We arrived and headed straight to Shake Shack, our favorite, for lunch. Then we walked around to Kate Spade, J Crew, Kendra Scott, and Bloomingdales. 

The Kate Spade store downtown isn't huge but I love all of the decorative touches in the store. This Live Colorfully sign was to cute not to take a photo. 

Then the highlight of my week, and likely my summer, I met Carly from The College Prepster! Since I started blogging and reading blogs in high school I've followed Carly's blog. She was so sweet and it was so cool to meet her in person! 

Do you want more posts about my Chicago summer adventures? A Chicago travel guide? Let me know in the comments! 

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