foodie break: @CommunityTavern

When you think about Chicago cuisine, the obvious highlights come to mind: deep dish pizza, hotdogs, Italian beef sandwiches… What may not come to mind is a French-inspired steakhouse. But when said steakhouse is voted one of Chicago Mag’s Best New Restaurants 2015, it’s easy to pass on the deep dish and head to the Portage Park neighborhood for dinner at Community Tavern. Historically one of Chicago’s biggest Polish neighborhoods, Portage Park is located on the northwest part of the city and a quick 15-minute cab ride from downtown. Since mom and I spent most of our time on Friday exploring the River North neighborhood,  we were happy to travel a quieter, more residential neighborhood for…

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3 days in chicago // a first-timer’s guide (part two)

If you haven’t already booked a flight to Chicago after reading about all of the places my mom and I ate and drank on our three-day weekend in August, maybe part two will push you over the edge. In only a weekend, Chicago has become one of my favorite US cities, and I’m already itching to return. Luckily, I get to relive things a bit. It’s time for the rest of my guide to Chicago for first-timers. With an abundance of eating and drinking happening, my mom and I had to break up our meals. Cue: A LOT of walking. We explored all sorts of neighborhoods over the course of our long weekend. Together, we…

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3 days in chicago // a first-timer’s guide (part one)

Chicago has long been on The Lazy Travelers’ bucket list, and as two Americans who travel as much as we do, it’s slightly pitiful that neither of us have been there in our near thirty years. When my job had me visiting Chicago for the very first time, I had no choice! I had to make a weekend out of it. Though my husband normally joins me on my weekend journeys, my jaunt to Chicago fell over my mom’s birthday. I decided to make it a girls’ weekend and bring her along for the ride. SORRY, SEAN! We arrived in Chicago early on Thursday morning, though work had me occupied until Friday. This meant we…

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foodie break: toni patisserie & cafe

I have a confession to make: I have a new favorite city, and her name is Chicago. I have plenty to tell you about my three days in the Windy City, but know that the general themes center on what I ate and where I ate it. First up, Toni Patisserie & Cafe, a little slice of Parisian heaven located in the heart of “The Loop.” For Chicago first-timers like my mom (or shall I say, ma mère) and I, we learned quickly that “The Loop” refers to the neighborhood and business district in downtown Chicago bordered by the Chicago River to the north and west and by Lake Michigan to the east. Home to…

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