I know it’s cheesy and ridiculous, but in every new city I visit, I try to make it a point to find the Disney Store.

Whether it’s along Time Square in NYC, Strøget in Copenhagen, or Grafton Street in Dublin…you name it, I’ll be there. It’s like a little commercialized slice of home in the middle of the a new-to-me city.

In Chicago, that little slice of home is on Michigan Avenue.

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flowers
umbria

We started the day with another pit stop at Caffe Umbria.

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cannele

They had Cannele! (The little brown pastries next to the macarons.) I hadn’t seen these since visiting Bordeaux last summer.

coffee
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After caffeinating, we walked over to Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s main upscale commercial area.

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Home to the Disney Store.

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And…this blow up rat.

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beacontavern

We were flying out of Chicago that evening, so we didn’t explore too long. Just walked a few blocks up and down, before stopping in at Beacon Tavern for lunch.

beacontavern

Take a look at that risotto! It tasted like sugary comfort-y GOODNESS, and was basically dessert. Somehow we passed it off as lunch.

burger

This burger, too. Ridiculous. More than enough to tide us over for the 4 hour flight back to Los Angeles.

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sunset

All in all, it was a splendid little weekend trip to Chicago.

xoxo

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