On Chicago

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Several months ago I booked a flight to spend Labor Day weekend in Chicago with one of my best friends. I had the best time and it was such a perfect visit. It felt like a much needed get away. I got in late Friday night and we headed to a bar to grab some dinner and catch up a bit.

On Saturday, we got brunch and then spent a generous part of the day in Wicker Park. This was probably my favorite part of the whole visit. It was such a charming place, packed with character, quaint apartment buildings, and no shortage of thrift shops and cute stores. I'd compare it to a mix of Silverlake and Old Town Monrovia. We spent the majority of this day thrifting, sorting through old records at a record shop, and drinking lots and lots of coffee. We ended the night with some deep dish pizza of course-because a trip to Chicago is not complete without pizza!

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On Sunday, we took the train into the city! Of course, we started the morning off at a coffee shop, and I got the best brownie I've ever had in my life- it was matcha flavored!!! The Glossier pop up shop was a short walk away, so we popped in for a little visit. While in the city, we did all the touristy things — Navy Pier, Millennium Park, MOCA, etc. We ended up walking about 10 plus miles that day. 

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Overall, I had the bestest time! It was such a short visit but still very sweet. It was a good balance of being physically exhausting but mentally restful and I didn't know I needed this trip until I got there. Can't wait to go back!!

Cheers!

Catherine Li