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Hamilton in the Windy City! (Weekend Update)

Hamilton in the Windy City! (Weekend Update)

This weekend was a dream. We took off Friday and headed to Chicago to see Hamilton. Before hopping in the car for a five hour drive, I went on a quick run with my friend Sara and cooked up a big breakfast.

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After breakfast, we packed up the car and got on the road. We listen to ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ on the way up.

We got into the city around 1:30 p.m., checked into the hotel and headed out to do a little shopping. Andrew was in the market for a new winter coat and I was looking for some waterproof shoes. The snow from Thursday night and Friday morning turned into slush. My Uggs were no good. 

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We bopped around from store to store for a couple of hours and headed back to the hotel to drop off our bags. We stopped at The Gage, a gastropub in Chicago for drinks and appetizers. The waiter recommended the Bison Tartare and the Gage G&T. They had gluten free crackers, so I was all in! 

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After a couple of drinks, we went back to the hotel and got ready for a night on the town. We met and friend at Green Street Smoked Meats, a BBQ restaurant in the West Loop. The place reminded me of Freddy’s BBQ Joint on House of Cards. It’s located down an alley, dimly lit with a green neon sign. I felt cool just walking in. We bellied up to the bar and ordered drinks. Moscow Mule for me, IPA for him.

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The food looked and smelled delicious. After an hour or so, we gave in and placed an order; brisket, a chicken leg and baked beans. 

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Next up, Duck, Duck, Goat. I have been dying to go to one of Stephanie Izard’s restaurants. Our friend Jim suggested this one, a creative take on Chinese food, located just a couple of blocks from Green Street. I tried to make reservations for this place a couple of weeks ago and they were booked until the end of February. We took a chance and walked in, requesting a couple of seats at the bar. The odds were in our favor.

I was pretty full from the meat snack, we shared Wood Fired Duck Hearts and Chongqing Chicken. Andrew also ordered the Beef Slap Noodles. They weren’t gluten free, so I wasn’t able to partake but he raved about the dish. 

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After eating our fair share, we bundled up and walked a mile and a half back to our hotel.

Saturday, we woke up and headed to the hotel gym for a workout. The Palmer House had a really nice factility so we were able to get in a good sweat secession. I did some leg press, squats, pull downs, curls, BOSU planks and ran the stairs. 

We took this weird selfie as a joke and sent it to our friend. Though ya'll might enjoy it.

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We finished up and headed back to our room to get ready for the day. Hamilton was at 2 p.m. and checkout 11 a.m., so we packed up our stuff, put it in the car and walked to Yolk for brunch. Our friends Sean and Kate met us at their South Loop location for brunch.

I ordered the Hey Ricky omelet with a side of gluten free toast and fruit. The food was just ok, but I was hungry, so I ate almost every bite.

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After brunch, we said our goodbyes  and walked to the CIBC theatre to find our seats for HAMILTON!

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The show was absolutely amazing, totally living up to the hype! We loved the music, acting and atmosphere. If you can, see it now! You won't regret it.

After the show, we got in the car and headed to Sean's in Lake View. We had a couple of drinks at his place and went to dinner.

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We walked to Broken English, a hip taco joint in Old Town for some tacos and margs. We shared chips and guac as we came up with our order. 

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I ended up with the carne asada, carnitas and barbacoa. Barbaco=lyfe.

We were sitting right in front of a neon sign that said,' touch my butt and feed me tacos.' Perfect lighting for this photo.

We were sitting right in front of a neon sign that said,' touch my butt and feed me tacos.' Perfect lighting for this photo.

After dinner, we walked back to Sean's to catch an Uber. The rest of the night was spent catching up with friends. We stayed up late laughing and chatting.

Sunday, we got up, packed up the car and headed to Starbucks before hitting the road. I grabbed a half-caf and gluten free breakfast sandwich. So glad they have gf menu items! Perfect for mornings like this.

I ate my sandwich and sipped coffee as Andrew navigated the snowy streets of Chicago. He's the best. He took it all in stride, getting us out of town and home safely. 

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We got home a little after 3 p.m. Andrew dropped me off at my place and I got to work putting stuff away, grocery shopping and preparing for the week ahead. It's weekend like this where I am so grateful for the opportunies I've been given and the people in my life. I'm truly 'lucky to be alive right now!'

I hope you had a great weekend, too! Tell me about it in the comments.

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