For starters, the weather was absolutely PERFECT. Nearly 20 degrees and nothing but sunshine save one day where it was a bit cloudy and chilly. Spent my first day patio hopping in my friend's area, Naperville since it was so gorgeous out, and tried my first iceberg, which I think is just ingenious. Also happened to be the same weekend as the Chicago marathon so when I was downtown it was pretty cool walking around with some of the major roads closed off. Everyone I encountered, every single one of them, was super friendly, especially upon learning I was visiting from here.... I had the bartender serving me at Billy goat (which by the way was probably one of the best dang burgers I've ever eaten) sit next to me and tell me the story of the curse of the billy goat better than any story I've ever been told. Speaking of which the food, oh my goodness THE FOOOOOOD... it was absolutely mouthwatering!!! I don't know if I'll ever enjoy a normal pizza again! Portillo's lived up to the hype as well. And Garrett's chicago mix popcorn really is in an entirely different league... don't think I'll ever purchase the sub-par costco version again either lol. I really loved downtown, it's marvelous. Checked out Millennium Park and Buckingham Fountain. Went to a very nice rooftop lounge called Epic that was stunning at night followed by some dancing at this place called Untitled... was super expensive, and I don't believe I'll ever complain about going out DT Van again! The magnificent mile was great to check out too... though I sure as heck didn't buy anything. I ended up doing most of my shopping at the outlets. Loved checking out Wrigley Field and stopped into Murphy's for a brew. Navy Pier was also great... the view from the ferris wheel definitely took my breath away... literally I'm kind of scared of heights lol, but Lake Michigan is just so beautiful. There's so much history there, I really had an incredible time... probably my best birthday yet I've told so many of my good friends that they absolutely need to check it out at some point.