Over break I decided to go on a spontaneous trip to see my two friends that had just moved to Chicago! I’d never been there before, and had a free place to stay so I just took the jump and bought a ticket! I ended up being there over New Years, and had so much fun.

The first day I arrived I was set for touristy fun! My friends took me downtown to see the city and the infamous¬†“Cloud Gate” aka The Bean. Everyone I had ever known to visit Chicago took a picture by it, and I was excited to see what all the fuss was about. (Honestly, it was really cool but I expected it to be bigger)

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After our tour of the downtown shopping. We headed to the The Signature Lounge on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building. The view from the lounge is spectacular and a way better deal than the sky deck in the Willis Tower. For a lower price you get the view and a meal.

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Shortly after that we headed over to a speakeasy. If you’re wondering what that could possible be, don’t worry I was confused at first too. During the Prohibition a speakeasy was a place that sold alcoholic beverages illegally. Now that alcohol is legal, speakeasies can only be found if someone tells you where it it, and in some cases the password. This speakeasy was called the Violet Hour, and is cool because it looks like a mural covered garage, but really it’s a very chic upscale bar inside. Another cool fact is that the mural changes every week! I wish I could share a better picture, but no photos are allowed inside.

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The next day was New Year’s Eve, and we rested up all day for the festivities that we had planned for the night. When the time to head over finally came, I did not expect was in store. I expected a small chill sports bar, and that’s what I saw in the front but when you turned the corner there was this big stage where a live band was playing! By far my best New Year’s Eve so far!

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New Year’s Day we all went to brunch to celebrate a New Year, and after I prepared for my flight home. It was a great little trip, and I can’t wait to return to Chicago soon!