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Monday, July 6, 2015

Happy July!

I can't believe the summer is half over; at least that's always how it feels to me when we hit July 4th.  Our July 4th weekend was so relaxing.  It was nice to finally have great weather in the city and get to enjoy it like tourists.  They recently expanded the riverwalk in Chicago which we have been taking full advantage of.  I think everyday this weekend we ventured down there and checked out a new place. Our habit lately has been to just take off for the day and walk the city in a different directly.  The weather has been perfect for this and it's always nice not to be sitting in a car.

This is the view from North Ave walking toward the lake.  How gorgous!  On the right you can see Goose Island.

Lunch at O'Brien's on the water with my Dad

We have eaten as O'Brien's on the river quite a few times.  I have to say the food there is definitely subpar, but you are basically paying for the view.  It is right across the river from Trump tower and it is always nice walking the boats go by on the river. For a while this was the only decent restaurant along the river, but since they have recently expanded the riverwalk a few more restaurants have popped up.

Dinner at Bridge House Tavern with some of Kyle's Family

Some of Kyle's family knew the owner at Bridge House Tavern so we were able to get really nice seats along the water.  The food here was great and they had a huge drink menu.  I have been on a kick of ordering Not Your Father's Root Beer whenever I see it on the menu.  This is definitely a place I could see us going back to.

Early dinner at Nando's, a new restaurant in the West Loop - Delicious!!
We were starving on Friday afternoon (July 3rd so we were both off work) and had originally planned to go to Parlor Pizza Bar, because it was gorgeous outside and they have a great outdoor patio, but I called them ahead of time and they said they had a long wait.  We were pretty hungry and hoping for something quick and to sit outside and ended up checking out this Nando's Peri Peri Restaurant.  I have to admit, although I had heard great things about this restaurant I still have pretty low expectations.  It's not like your typical sit down restaurant; it is set up more like a Panera in that you stand in line to order and then they bring your food to your table.  We were lucky enough to snag a table on their back patio which couldn't have been more perfect. They say that food is "International Casual Dining", but it started in South Africa.  They had a lot of options and both of us were pleasantly surprised with how good the food was.  The prices were very reasonable as well.  I think this place will be added to our rotation!

Lunch and Drinks at Cyrano's Cafe on the Riverwalk
I wasn't lying when I said we had a super low key weekend.  The 4th of July we had big plans to stay out all day and into the evening, but after checking out a few places on the riverwalk we quickly realized that the crowds of tourists just wasn't for us.  We lost steam and headed home to watch movies and order Root's Pizza.  I forgot to snap a pick, but they have awesome pizza.  We were especially happy, because they had gluten free options.

We still have a lot of stuff planned before this summer is over so hopefully it doesn't go too fast since it's the best time of year to be in the city.  Hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend!


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