The ant trail took a leap and here we are in Chicago. In the previous post we talked a little about some places around the traditional Millennium Park. This time we’ll go up a little bit, more precisely around the Lincoln Park, and definitely convince you to visit this incredible city.
The neighborhood around the park is incredibly beautiful, with mansions dating from 1871. One of these beautiful buildings accommodates the Bourgeois Pig at number 738 on West Fullerton Ave. Specializing in breakfast and brunch, the house opens the door to a delicious meal overlooking the riches of the mansion. It is a great opportunity to enter and be enchanted by the environment, as the rooms on the first floor combine with the old decorations and furniture and are one of the table options. If the house is full, we can still enjoy our meal in the garden. Not bad.
My order was very simple, but delicious and giant – it is enough for two people not hungry. It was the panini of the day ($ 9.45), which was then stuffed with scrambled eggs, ham, mozzarella cheese – almost a mix – accompanied by baked potatoes and a strawberry lemonade ($ 2.35).
The house offers several sandwiches and also salads, of the most different combinations, and the most interesting: some fresh spices, which you can take and taste your next adventure in the kitchen.
In addition to an enchanting neighborhood, the region houses Lincoln Park itself, a huge park where you can enjoy the view of Chicago’s skyscrapers and also its friendly zoo. It is a delicious and fun walk. I particularly recommend the Plant Conservatory, which concentrates several tropical plants around the world, and with free admission.
After this incredible walk, why not sweeten your heart a little? That’s exactly what I did. With my ant instinct that smells sugar within a 5 km radius – that is, a more poetic way of saying without gps – I found the Vanille Patisserie on my way, more precisely at 2108 on Clark St.
A French-influenced confectionery offering several sweet options, such as macarons, mini entremets and cupcakes, and also some savory ones, such as croissants with their various fillings.
So that you are not in doubt when faced with so many options, the house offers free samples of some of its sweets. On the day, I experienced the Sophia, a super dark chocolate mousse with crunchy hazelnut and the unusual Wilbur Tarte, a bacon pie and maple mousse, which was an explosion of flavor. Taking advantage of the influence of autumn, I experienced Ellie ($ 5.40): Vanilla mousseline, applesauce with cinnamon, brown sugar cake and cinnamon glaze. A delicate and super tasty mini entremet, besides being very beautiful!
Have you already made Chicago your next destination here in the United States? I’m watching!