For a student in Minnesota, summer is a long-awaited dream amongst the chilly, never-ending winter, especially when you call another city home. It is officially summer, and I am back in my favorite city that I am lucky to call home, Chicago. What better way to celebrate being back than exploring little uncongested areas where the food is amazing, and there is always time for a photo op.
Chicago is the perfect city for a college student to explore. All you need is a good pair of comfortable shoes, your favorite pair of jeans, a comfy sweater, and the perfect rain jacket in case of unexpected rain, and you are ready to begin! A hidden gem I recommend is the Fulton Market area. Not only is it quieter, being outer city bounds, but the charm it encompasses is a blogger’s dream! Adorable tucked away alleyways with twinkling lights and rustic cafes with soothing music await you in this up-and-coming village.
In need of a study space with a cup of tea or a hearty lunch on china patterned plates? Walk along Randolph Street, and you’ll run into The Allis Soho House. Their dinning space is filled with gorgeous wooden tables and an array of couches for you to lounge in while enjoying a light, but filling meal. Their upstairs bar takes my breath away. Gorgeous chandeliers hang above it, twinkling off the bottles that line the walls. The atmosphere’s aesthetic is the perfect combination of new age determination and old soul love.
After devouring an amazing kale salad and turkey sandwich, I found it only natural to want to treat myself to something sweet! What better way than with a sugary donut glazed with salted caramel. Thank you, Bombobar! This adorable doughnut shop has a walk-up window where you may order anything from sugary doughnuts to frothy drinks drizzled and topped with a sweet-lover’s dream. It took the all in me not to order a second. I definitely recommend a bomboloni for your first visit.
Once you’ve filled your stomach up, more adventures await. Just strolling around the village, you’ll find the perfect wall to snap a few pictures for your Instagram feed or swipe through Snapchat for that perfect geo-filter. The city is just awaiting your visit to start a new adventure.
Be sure to comment your favorite places to explore during the summer below. Until next month, keep on adventuring!