Hey Chicago You’re So Fine (Day 2)

And the fine-ness that is Chicago continues…

On Day 2, my friend Ning-Ju and I woke up to this amazing view outside her window, I LOVE IT!

Then we headed down to Grand Lux Cafe where I finally got to meet the super fabulous, sweet, bubbly and cute…

Ilene from Much Love, Illy (or shall I say future Mrs. Benjamin Ryan Butler)  Go tell her Congrats!  She even gave me a handmade headband in my favorite colors and earrings too, thanks sweetie!

We ate all sorts of salads and flat breads and pizzas… but of course, we HAD to get not one, but two desserts to share, YUM!

Then we headed down to Chinatown for some more delicious food!

There were some outdoor street vendors that sold little knick knacks

But pretty much our hearts were set on food again…

We both hadn’t had a good hot pot…

or a large dose of shaved ice in a REAL long time!!

As we walked more around the city, street performers were in abundance… (I love the bottom photo so I’ll be linking it up to Sweet Shot Tuesdays this week)

Sweet Shot Day

as were beautiful views of tall skyscrapers!

And our last stop in the city was the Hancock Tower, with breathtaking views overlooking the city!

Times like that I wish I had a tripod with me at all times but this was my best attempt at a night shot with hand holding (the camera)!

Don’t forget to check out Day 1 if you need a great Chicago restaurant recommendation!


  1. August 10, 2010 / 11:13 am

    ahh Chicago is absolutely gorgeous!! thanks for the recap! Such a cute headband! Illene is so sweet!

  2. sheila
    August 10, 2010 / 11:50 am

    as much as i love your food pix…i heart these architectural ones 10x more. well done dear, especially from atop the hancock.

    and thanks for making me dream of joy yee plus until i can get my hands on some myself this oct. :p

  3. Nani
    August 10, 2010 / 12:12 pm

    I am loving the food pictures (as usual) but every shot you took was fantastic!! I loved the last one the most though all the lights in the city!

  4. August 10, 2010 / 12:42 pm

    So fun that you got to meet Ilene…I just heard about her news!! You’re making me want to plan a trip to Chicago – it’s been a few years – it’s such a great city, so much to do and see!! (not to mention the shopping 🙂

  5. August 10, 2010 / 2:24 pm

    ohhmygoodness. SO FUNNN. that is a gorgeous view, and all of your pictures are amazing and look like you’re having such a good time. and you met ilene? ahh, so jealous. i would love to have tea with you two <3

  6. August 10, 2010 / 3:41 pm

    Awwww! This has me wanting to visit dear Chicago so badly! Looks like it was a splendid time. Such a great city, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing the pics. It’s made me all happy inside. 🙂

  7. August 10, 2010 / 4:25 pm

    such cute pics, love the one of you and Ilene! 🙂 soo many fun photos of the city — and that is so cool there’s a chinatown in chicago too, theres one everywhere! 😉 xo.

  8. August 10, 2010 / 5:00 pm

    what a great looking trip! such fun adventures and great pics to show!

  9. alely d. lee
    August 10, 2010 / 9:03 pm

    i have never been to chicago but would love to cross that off my bucket list some day! thanks for sharing…now off to see day 1!

  10. August 11, 2010 / 1:47 am

    its one of my favorite cities!
    what a fun time your are having! i’m jealous! hahah!

  11. jennifer young
    August 11, 2010 / 1:58 am

    chicago looks soooooooo amazing!!! what a fun trip and such amazing food! and sweet ilene of course! glad you had a blast 🙂

  12. August 11, 2010 / 2:19 am

    oh what fun! the food looks scrumtious, the city looks beautiful, and you gals look gorgeous! the headband and earrigs are absolutely adorable.

  13. August 11, 2010 / 8:07 am

    sandy! your pics are awesome! woah that night shot came out fantastic w/o a tripod!!! how long were you counting the seconds (as you stopped breathing!)? you have some steady hands. been busy and missed your latest posts… looks like you had a blast in chicago with all that delectable food!

  14. August 11, 2010 / 8:14 am

    Stunning view! Even without a tripod.
    I’d love to go there, it looks like an amazing place.


  15. Sophie
    August 11, 2010 / 11:24 am

    that dessert made me drool! Great recap of your trip.

  16. August 11, 2010 / 11:32 pm

    beautiful beautiful pictures!!!

  17. August 13, 2010 / 2:20 pm

    I miss Chicago already! Haha. Looks like you had such a fun time. 🙂 Too bad I didn’t (don’t) know you and Ilene well enough, or else the three of us could have met up! These are great photos.

  18. August 16, 2010 / 12:28 pm

    this looks like you had a lot of fun! what is that person in the box Doing?? haha 🙂

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