Chicago/Healthy Living Summit 2

And our Chicago adventure continues…

I slept pretty solid, for being in a haunted hotel, and woke up just in time to head downstairs for the provided breakfast. Breakfast was delicious and I ate my fair share, but I hear there was some miss-communication with some people being told all the oats were vegan, when they weren’t. Luckily I opted out.
The conference started and everything was going well and I was really learning a lot.
Then lunch time rolled around, and I just couldn’t sit inside a hotel conference room anymore. I feel bad, but I ducked out for the rest of the afternoon. It was just so hard to sit there when I was in a city I had never been in. My travel bug got the best of me, so I left and went exploring.

I called up Eric to see what he was doing, and he and Ryan were about to grab some food at Earwax. I hopped on the L and met them up there. I feel like I should forewarn you that Eric and I normally don’t eat this much. But when we go on vacation and a place has a ton of vegan options, well we tend to go overboard.

Earwax

The boys started with some veggie wings, which I opted out of since they aren’t really my thing. Eric also got a mint espresso milkshake which he said was one of the best parts of the meal.

Earwax

I ordered vegan chocolate chip pancakes, which were meh. Not bad, but not good. I feel like I could taste all the baking soda/powder in them.

Earwax

Eric ordered the messy burger.

Earwax

And Ryan went with the black bean burger…I think? I can’t really remember.

Earwax

I was pretty happy to be out and about and hanging with my awesome traveling partner.

Earwax

After eating we walked around the Wicker Park area some, checking out a few stores. I had really wanted to head to Penelope’s because I am constantly stalking their online store. I was pretty happy to discover it was just a few blocks away.

Penelope's

Sadly I left empty handed because there was TOO MUCH that I wanted. It happens. Back to stalking their online store.

Across the street was Renegade Handmade which I had to check out.
Renegade Handmade

I bought a print, which I can’t wait to hang in the apartment!

Renegade Handmade

There was a ton more walking, then we headed to Wicker Park to sit and chill for a bit.
Wicker Park

Wicker Park

While walking we stumbled across Big Star, and headed in for some drinks and to sit for a bit.

Big Star

This place could have easily been transplanted from Austin.

Big Star

Big Star

Then we headed back downtown to check out Millennium Park. I was really excited to see everything, even if it is super touristy.
First we checked out The Crown Fountain.

The Crown Fountain

The Crown Fountain

Then walked over to The Bean. And you bet I took a ton of photos! No shame here!

The Bean/ Cloud Gate

The Bean/ Cloud Gate

The Bean/ Cloud Gate

The Bean/ Cloud Gate

The Bean/ Cloud Gate

The tour continued and we walked to The Lurie Garden.

The Lurie Garden

We stuck our feet in the small riverbed and hung out for a while, making fun of the park ranger.

The Lurie Garden

Eventually we started walking back towards the hotel.

I was really impressed that Chicago had bikes out to rent. It was expensive, but would have been fun to bike around the city.

Bikes

Once back at the hotel, Eric and I showered up because we were going on a fancy date. I had been eyeing up Karyn’s on Green for a while, and was really excited to try the restaurant.

Walking to dinner

Karyn's on Green

The menu was a little overwhelming, there were way too many good sounding options.

Karyn's on Green

So we started with drinks and tried to take it all in.

Karyn's on Green

I started with The Southside.
Karyn's on Green

And Eric went with the Sidecar.
Karyn's on Green

We promptly ordered two appetizers to share.
My choice was the Raw Maki Rolls. These were amazing and I am recreating them at home asap.
Karyn's on Green

And Eric’s choice was the Aged Raw Cheese Nut Plate.
Karyn's on Green

Amazing.

For entrees I ordered the arugula pizza, which I will be recreating too! It was scalloped potatoes and arugula.
Karyn's on Green

And Eric ordered the ‘Chicken’ Legs.
Karyn's on Green

Of course there was no way we could pass up dessert, and we went with the raw ice cream. It was good, except for the banana cookies. I got duped! I hate, hate, hate bananas.
Karyn's on Green

We were supposed to meet up with friends after dinner, so we headed back to the hotel to change. I cracked open a (Texas) beer, then promptly passed out. Oops. I didn’t even finish said beer.
Shiner in Chicago

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15 Responses to Chicago/Healthy Living Summit 2

  1. Chicago is one city I would love to see! There are so many US cities I want to tour. I eventually want to get out of Philly and find the right city for me. Your pictures are beautiful!

    • lauren says:

      I know what you mean! I am trying to slowly start exploring a lot of US cities to try to figure out a good fit. I love Philly and think I will be here for a while, but it doesn’t seem quite right.

  2. Melissa Cari says:

    It looks like you had an amazing weekend! All of your food looks incredible. I’ve only been to Chicago once and it was for work, so I didn’t get to explore much. Your pics make me want to go back!

  3. Oh awesome, you tried Karyn’s on Green! I ate there in April and it was great.

  4. rachel says:

    Earwax is a funny name for a food place! Your stuff from Karyn’s looks great though! Hope you guys had a fun trip. :)

    • Eric says:

      Hah yah it was. They have so many vegan options but nothing was that that great, good to try it out though The milkshake I got was excellent though. Yeah it was a great trip for sure.

  5. Kelly says:

    Chicago….you did the right thing by exploring. Karyn’s on Green looks so good – the pizza, the cheese plate, and that ice cream dish with the silly banana-ness. I’m adding it to my list of must-try places.

    • lauren says:

      Definitely a must try. You guys would LOVE it.

    • Eric says:

      Honestly the raw ice cream wasnt that great. By the time we received the plate it must have been sitting for a bit bc the ice cream was a bit melty. Also was a little bummed that the server didnt mention that the pizza had diaya cheese since it wasn’t listed. The highlight of my meal with the appetizers for sure :)

  6. Jackie says:

    Was the arugula raw or was it baked till wilted?

    • lauren says:

      I got the low down on the entire pizza. They scallop the potatoes then boil them. Then they put them on the crust and bake the potatoes and crust together. Then top with the arugula. In short, no, the arugula is not baked.

  7. lilveggiepatch says:

    Looks like you made the right choice ducking out and visiting with your friends! Earwax looks like a lot of fun.

    Love that Shiner!

  8. RhodeyGirl says:

    I was part of the oat scandal. It came out that ONE batch was vegan and ONE batch was not. I believe I told the nice Australian girl they were vegan, and luckily the batch SHE got WAS vegan, but I feel really awful for the people who ate the second batch thinking it was vegan when it wasn’t :(

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