Chicago Adventures: Flight In | Virgin Hotel | Lincoln Park Zoo
Found an excellent deal on some tickets to Chicago for the weekend so said let’s do this. Only downside was the whole media hype on “crime”, however turned out to be the opposite of the local Chicago scene.
So I used Hotel Tonight app to find us a hotel for the two nights, usually my deal is book flights way in advance and wait till last minute for hotels. Unless I know there’s a convention going down or something that will make the prices rise. Hotel Tonight is great at finding awesome deals, I found Richard Bransons Hotel Virgin for a decent price and said let’s do it. It’s also a top rated hotel in downtown Chicago.
Views from inside our room at Virgin Hotel
The Next Day
So I spent all night checking YELP + Tripadvisor + Google etc etc looking for top places to go eat, see, hear. I found a top rated gluten free spot called “Wheats End”. What an awesome name and decided we had to check it out. We used Uber the entire time which was easily available and seemed someone was always on the corner waiting. Was about a 10 minute ride.
However if your in Chicago and gluten free be sure to check out Wheats End, it’s not bad and was quite a cozy spot. The service was excellent, atmosphere was gluten free.
The Lincoln Park Zoo
After a grub sesh we took an uber to the Lincoln Park Zoo which is also a free zoo + indoor garden aka aboratorium. This is the third free zoo I’ve been too, Washington D.C. Zoo, Como Park Zoo in MN were the other two. I accidentally sized these pics down a little to small of resolution so I apologize for any shitty quality pics. This place also has multiple Mold-O-Rama machines if your into that 1950’s plastic mold making thing.
Lincoln Park Conservatory
Another free place to explore! This was pretty cool, not nearly as dope as Minnesota’s but still none the less was well maintained and had some awesome plant species to check out.
After the park I found Rotofugi. I’ve bought many things from Rotofugi which a store that sells vinyl toys, art, blind boxes, etc. I didn’t know they were located in Chicago! I was stoked and away we went.
That concludes day 1 in Chicago, I was so impressed. Didn’t see anyone get killed either, realized from Uber drivers that’s all 30 minutes drive away kind of thing. Well if you missed last weeks blog check it out below.