Birthday Celebration, Chicago Style

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I’ve never been the “birthday princess” type, but I have no complaints about this year’s celebrations. Let’s be honest – 25 is a big birthday. A quarter of a century. Halfway to 50. Leaving the 18-24 age bracket.  You could melt into a puddle of shame because of unfulfilled expectations for your life up to this point, or realize how very young and lucky you are.  I went with the second option.

Sunday held a lovely (boozy) brunch at Southport and Irving, followed by my first ever Cubs game.  Dinner at Green Zebra capped off the night with an excellent vegetarian menu and noteworthy sauvignon blanc.

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Monday was an extravaganza and marathon celebration. Yolk is a cheery breakfast and lunch spot in Streeterville, and a local favorite. The place is always bustling! They have polar opposites like kale scramble and red velvet french toast, plus everything in between.

Strolling through Chicago in the summertime is a good time in itself, especially when the weather decides to be gorgeous.

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I paid my first visit to the Art Institute of Chicago, which was recently rated as the #1 museum in the world by Trip Advisor. There are so many amazing exhibits that I instantly upgraded my day ticket to an annual membership. I can see myself popping into the museum or its gardens all the time.

You’ve likely heard of Girl and the Goat by now, with Top Chef season four winner Stephanie Izard at the helm. Getting a table at this popular restaurant is a bit of a feat, but it is well worth the trouble. Shareable plates of amazing food in the rustic yet industrial space made for an excellent birthday dinner.

Girl and the Goat Chicago

Just across the street, Maude’s Liquor Bar took care of our dessert needs with a massive crème brûlée and bottle of champagne. I’m of the opinion that you should drink champagne as often as possible, but especially on your birthday.

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Cheers to 25,



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