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The hubby and I realized earlier this year that we needed to experience Chicago the way we did when we visited as tourists. We don’t take advantage of how great this city is enough. Our favorite time of year is the fall, so we thought, what a perfect time to become tourists again in this amazing city!

The first time we came to Chicago, we used Eventbrite to find a fun run to participate in while we were in town. It was a 5k, so it didn’t take up too much time, but we still got to see the city, which was amazing (if you haven’t used Eventbrite, it’s my favorite site to find unique things going on in any town or even promote your own event for that matter). The thing we didn’t plan for was what other key sights we wanted to see after the run was over. With that in mind, and newly found tourists, we decided to do Chicago in a day, but with the insider view.

First stop, a great brunch spot.

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Kanela Breakfast Club is one of our favorite spots for breakfast/brunch (Chicagoans are brunchers, insider tip) to get our day started on the right foot. We actually have one attached to our building, but we loved it before then (which I mean that helps, have you seen the winters here?) My husband’s favorite dish is the chicken and waffle sandwich, and I love their greek yogurt with granola, berries, and honey. YUM! I get the cappuccino (or mimosa, duh!) and my husband gets black coffee (or craft beer, I mean we are tourists and all!) We headed there and got our favorites and as always, it never disappoints.

To walk off brunch, we headed to one of our very favorite spots, Millennium Park.

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chicago in a day | paperyrain.com

chicago in a day | paperyrain.com

Heading to Millennium Park is a good bet anytime, especially in the fall. The festivals are still going on, the bean is packed with people, and there is a good chance you can stumble on an art exhibit in the park.

We walked the park and happened to stumble across a world music festival. We sat on some benches and listened to different worlds of music, while people watching and enjoying the fall weather. We walked around the bean (took some selfies), hit the outdoor cafe near the bean for a cocktail (cocktails, a tourist must), and then headed over to the Art Institute.

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I saw the Art Institute was ranked in the top 10 museums in the world recently and although we had been before, we went to a new section. You could spend hours here, so this is a must on any visit.

By this time, with all the walking, we were pooped and needed a good view with some yummy bites. We headed to our favorite spot for pre-dinner cocktails and amazing sunset views, Cindy’s.

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Cindy’s is such a must. There are fire pits for the cooler fall nights in Chicago, unbeatable cocktails, and to die for views of the park (and it’s not far from the park, which is key after a long day of walking). There can be a line, so get there early and prepare to post up in a great spot for a while, you won’t want to leave.

To round out our amazing day in Chicago, we headed to one of our favorite spots for dinner: Bavette’s

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Bavette’s is a french inspired steak house. I would go through all my favorite dishes, but it would take too long, so instead I’ll tell you my very favorite thing about Bavette’s. You can actually bring your own wine, but the rule is you have to share a glass of your wine with a person of your choice at any table in the restaurant. How amazing is that? We found out there was a birthday boy in the house, so we obviously shared a glass in honor of getting one year older.

The atmosphere is amazing, the cocktails (if you decide to go with their options) are delicious, and anything we have gotten is to die for. It is seriously our very favorite place.

Once we were full and a little giddy (we had a glass shared with us too!) we decided to call it a day. We live in downtown so we walked home and enjoyed the crisp air and amazing city lights.

We loved our day as tourists, so now the only thing left to do is to head to Eventbrite and start planning for our next fun filled day.

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