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Autumn in Chicago

Fall is my absolute favorite season, and I associate it closely with my childhood. So every time it rolls around I find myself feeling just a little bit homesick, and the next thing I know I’m booking a flight and packing my bags.

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The weather was gorgeous that weekend, with a perfect amount of crispness to the air.

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I’ve already told you about my fun exploration of Cantigny Park on Friday, and the rest of the day was just as wonderful. Since we were going to do a lot of walking around the park, my grandmas and I knew that we had to incorporate another activity into our schedule: eating! We stopped in at Fareways Grill, which is associated with Cantigny Golf Course and Cantigny Park.

I absolutely loved the view!

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

For our starter, we ordered a classic. Wine.

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I chose the Blackened Tilapia Sandwich, and it featured sweet tilapia, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and tartar sauce on a toasted brioche bun.

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

In honor of October (and Oktoberfest!), Gram ordered the Beer Lover’s Grilled Pork Sandwich. It has pork loin that’s been marinated in Bell’s Oberon Summer Wheat Ale, homemade beer cheese, beer-glazed onions and grilled marble rye (apparently without beer).

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Our sandwiches were good, but my other grandma picked the winner, both in taste and presentation. She selected the Crab and Avocado BLT with sweet Maryland crab, avocado, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on a toasted ciabatta bread.

It was delicious!

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Notice the golf tees keeping the sandwich together? How cute is that?!

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The rest of the weekend consisted of even more fun, fall activities. I was able to spend time with my friends Jenny and Amber, and Amber’s adorable daughter (and my niece!).

We started at Noodles (obviously) and then headed outside to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I was also lucky enough to spend a lot of time with my parents. However, when I got home I realized I didn’t take any pictures with them! Whoops…

My mom, dad and I ate Lou Malnati’s pizza (again, obviously) and continued our family tradition of carving pumpkins. This year, the pumpkin patch had the biggest pumpkin I’ve ever seen! It was adorably decorated to portray Charlotte’s Web, as you guessed correctly on Instagram!

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

This year, however, our pumpkin-carving tradition had a modern upgrade. Why just carve a pumpkin when you can drill it?!

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

They turned out well, don’t you think? Especially that one in the middle, eh?

Autumn in Chicago - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It was a perfect weekend in Chicago, and just what I needed: fall, family and friends.

~A

For all of my Chicago travel posts, click here.

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