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Grace + Jillian

Cubs. Jillian. Signature Lounge. Beach. Grace. Chicago. Millennium Park. Wendella.

What do these words have in common?

Combined they made for one memorable and amazing way to spend the final weekend of July in Chicago.

I’ve been told I’m a good host. It’s actually something that’s important to me — hosting my visitors in such a way that moving to Chicago crosses their mind at least once. I’m only 50% kidding.

Jillian arrived Thursday night and we spent Friday as rivals: Cubs vs. Cards. Spent the day in Wrigleyville. Let’s not talk about the game…

Saturday morning Grace arrived and we relaxed the day away on Oak Street Beach. I may or may not have also been a tad hung over. We wrapped up the weekend as tourists taking in some of Chi’s hottest sights: Millennium Park, Wendella boat tour, Hancock 96th floor Signature Lounge, riding the el, Wrigley Field (take two, with Jillian’s parents), and beer tasting at Goose Island Brewery.

Grace asked me if I ever get tired of doing the touristy stuff. Awesome question. The answer is: no I don’t. There are so many added benefits — catching up with good friends, laughing about old memories and creating new ones, reminding myself why I love Chi so much, experiencing new things myself, and living life.

One thing I love about summer…

Ok so truth be told, I love pretty much everything about summer … BUT I absolutely love impromptu, amazing nights. A perfect example was last night:

Cubs vs. Tigers game with one of my favorite people Amanda!!

Aside from the fact that she’s from Michigan and was a Tigers fan last night 😉 last night was one of those crazy nights that just makes you appreciate and love life that much more.

Added bonus? The Cubs actually pulled out a W!!

Love. Love. Love.

Friday Chi Faves: Cubs Rooftop

With the Cubs Home Opener right around the corner (Thursday 4/5 1:20p vs. Nationals) I could not be more excited. It’s clear from this post that going to Wrigley is an experience. Another experience?

CUBS ROOFTOP GAME

Rooftops rock. Unlimited food, unlimited beverage, exquisite interiors and stunning views of the game. Most rooftops have multiple floors and some even offer different cuisine on each floor. Truth.

My favorite rooftop game to date was this past summer over our annual summer Chi weekend when some of my Drake girls and their boyfriends travel to Chicago. We enjoyed the food, more than our share of the beverages and the Cubs even brought home a W. Perfection in my book.

Prices can range anywhere from the $50s to a couple hundred depending on game day, opponent and the Cubs current record. You can also get a group discount if you have that many friends … or more realistically are looking for a work-type outing. The Rooftops are also featured occasionally on group buying websites like Groupon!

The Rooftops of Wrigley:

Wrigleyville Rooftops

Beyond the Ivy

Brixen Ivy

3639 Wrigley Rooftop

Lake View Club

Skybox on Sheffield

Down the Line

Wrigley Rooftops

**The map is a little outdated, but great nonetheless**