A Weekend in Chicago

This was my third time visiting Chicago for work and fifth overall. I’ve visited all the biggies: Willis Tower, Hancock Tower, Art Institute, the Bean and Museum Campus. This time I stayed above the River, right off Magnificent Mile, so my real goal was to try out some new restaurants. And that definitely happened!

I made stops at:

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On my first night, I met up with my stepbrother Ross and his coworkers at Mastro’s. This place specializes in steak, but they have a signature butter cake that is pretty impressive.
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After dinner, we walked to Quartino for drinks before they had to drive back out of the city.
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On my first day, I stopped in the newly opened Dylan’s Candy Bar on Michigan Ave. I came back with chocolate-covered gummy bears, chocolate-covered Swedish Fish, and these Red and Black licorice scotties. I also stopped at Vosges Haut Chocolate and tried some of their fancy experimental truffles.
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To celebrate the upcoming NFL Draft, these giant football helmets were on display. #DaBears
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Harrison loves the ‘Phins…

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Saturday afternoon, I met up with my friend Harrison at the She’d Aquarium. Only two more museums and I’ve done the whole Museum Campus. They had piranhas and anacondas, but this Arapaima was the longest, creepiest fish ever.
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Instagrammed Saturday night, Trump Tower.
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Before I left, I went to Illy Espressamente. Their Cafe Latte was the best coffee drink I’ve had. It makes me very excited to go to other Illy cafes in Europe.

Not too bad for a work trip. I’ve gotten lucky since all of my Chicago trips have been in the spring. Still hoping to get to the Chicago Zoo and Wrigley Field one day… 

Proof + Pinewood

FullSizeRenderOn Saturday, we went with some friends to a special Proof Syrup tasting at The Pinewood in Decatur, GA. We’ve been huge fans of this restaurant since they opened 3 years ago. At it’s heart, it’s a whiskey bar that serves awesome southern food. They have House Old-Fashioneds on draft and some of the most passionate bartenders and mixologists around.

From their catering experience, they decided to make their own batches of cocktail syrups to save time. Now, Proof Syrups is available to buy in stores in a variety of flavors. For this ScoutMob cocktail tasting, we had three old-fashioneds with each flavor of syrup, which combines the simple syrup, bitters and citrus. Just add alcohol, and your cocktail is complete.

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Proof Traditional was my favorite. Makes a really smooth tasting cocktail. There is also Maple-Bacon and Pecan flavored syrups.
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Two cocktails in. Officially more than have ever consumed in one sitting a very long time.
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Photo bomb with one of The Pinewood’s Owners. He also looks like one of my old crew coaches, so I hope he didn’t mind my incessant stares.
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A free bottle of syrup for all of the event attendees!

UnknownThis post is not sponsored by The Pinewood or ScoutMob. I’m just a local fan…