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the perfect saturday in chicago

Homesickness is really real when you live what feels like ten billion miles away from home. I stopped by for a weekend in Chicago to refresh myself and make sure I was still alive (joking) but actually not. Here’s what I got done for my self-care weekend. Highly recommend if you need a reset, no matter where home is for you.

Afterwards, we went for a walk towards Lake Michigan (the Fullerton ledges to be specific!). We stopped by Collectivo Coffee, which is a cafe that I used to go to all the time in college. Collectivo was super packed. If you’re going to study or get some work done, get there early so you can grab a seat. They have a spacious patio with an outdoor fire pit. It’s pretty aesthetically pleasing and right in the heart of Lincoln Park.

I got the Salted Carmel Latte, which was not that good. The salty flavor was too prominent in the drink and overtook any caramel flavor that might’ve been in it. I got decaf espresso because I cant have too much caffeine later in the day. My boyfriend ordered the Mocha Shake (basically a coffee milkshake? It tasted like a chocolate milkshake, but had coffee in it!) and a blueberry muffin. I didn’t find the blueberry muffin to be that great either. Has my palette changed since moving to New York City, and that’s why a lot of the restaurants in Chicago just don’t taste the same? Could be. Either way, Collectivo Coffee has a wonderful ambiance. I’d go back there to study, read, work on my blog, or grab coffee to catch up with a friend (if there’s table space).

Coffee from Collectivo Coffee! (Don’t mind my un-manicured nails)

The Lake

We completed our walk to the Fullerton Ledges of Lake Michigan, which is my favorite spot by the lake in Chicago. It’s very calm for the area it’s in. There are people biking, walking, running on the lakeshore trail, but by the water, it feels extremely calming to hangout with people or even by yourself. We stayed by the lake to chat and drink our coffees (yes, I still order iced coffee drinks in 60 degree weather).

I love Chicago, although I’m bias, and this was a perfect Saturday afternoon in the city to me. We felt so relaxed afterwards. Especially after a long work week, a calm Saturday afternoon can help you completely reset. This itinerary is specific to Chicago, but you can always take the inspo and have a similar day in whatever area you live in.

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