The Siberian American: Life Update: Four Months in Chicago

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Life Update: Four Months in Chicago

I almost accidently skipped doing my four-month update because September passed so quickly. Our September in Chicago was one of my favorite months here so far—Chris had a much-needed two weeks off, so I tried to fill it with as many fun activities as possible.

We kicked off September and college football season by heading to Evanston for Northwestern vs. Stanford. We had a blast enjoying the beautiful weather and cheering on Northwestern with the rest of the crowd. It’s always fun to be part of the winning team’s crowd, and it turns out Northwestern is pretty good this year. I also loved the city of Evanston, especially the downtown area. If we ever decide to move back to Chicago, I would love to live there.

My favorite part of September was our Lake Michigan Circle Tour road trip. We had the best time exploring Michigan and Wisconsin, and I can’t wait to share more about our trip with y’all.

Chris headed back to work the day after we got home, but his parents came into town a few days later. Chris is currently on a hard service, so he didn’t get to spend much time with us, but I had fun hanging out with his parents. We did two boat tours-a river and lake cruise and an architecture river cruise. I will write about both cruises at some point, but we had a wonderful time learning more about the city.

Of course, I can’t do a life in Chicago update without mentioning food. As y’all already know, our goal is to eat our way through Chicago this year, so we tried some delicious new places (and some old favorites). One of my favorite places this month was Luke’s Lobster. My in-laws and I were shopping on State Street, so we headed over to Luke’s Lobster for lunch. I couldn’t decide on a roll, so I went with the “Taste of Maine” combo that included a third of a shrimp roll, a third of a lobster roll, a third of a crab roll, and some meaty crab claws. Everything was delicious, but the lobster roll was (surprisingly) my favorite.

Chris got a Saturday off, so we headed over to the West Loop to try Glazed and Infused. I’m not exaggerating when I say the red velvet doughnut was the best doughnut I’ve ever had in my life. The doughnut was soft, and the cream cheese frosting was amazing. I’ve been told that Stan’s Donuts is even better, but I’m not sure how that would be possible.

We had also planned to try Au Cheval that day, but the wait was three hours, and there is no way my hangry self could handle that. I also firmly believe no food is worth waiting three hours, but I might change my mind once we try it.

I can’t believe we are already over a third of our way through our year here. Here’s to another great month and more beautiful sunsets!


  1. you guys are just living it up during this year :) i can't wait to hear the recap at the end of the year and like, your top 10 favourite things, because then i'm gonna use that to plan my next chicago trip haha. that taste of maine thing looks amazing!

  2. Wow that sunset picture is beautiful!! Looks like you two are having fun in Chicago.

  3. You are killing me with all this delicious food! I have to get back to Chicago soon!

    1. You should! I can't write a Chicago post without talking about food! Haha. :)

  4. So happy you are enjoying it. That lighthouse pic is fantastic!

  5. Y'all definitely had a fun and food filled month! I can't wait to hear more about your trip around Lake Michigan!

  6. Sounds like you've been keeping busy. Gorgeous sunset and the Tasta of Maine roll looks amazing!

  7. Such a great month especially with the time off together. Love the pictures!

  8. So many great memories being made!! Love the updates! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  9. I'm glad you had such a great month! I can't believe how fast the time is flying!

  10. Chicago seriously has the BEST food! Glad you had such an amazing month and you guys got to spend some much needed time together :)

  11. Those sunsets are SO gorgeous!! And so fun he had 2 weeks off so you guys could do all of that fun stuff :) You guys really are such a cute couple!
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants


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  13. I'm so jealous of your life, I love Chicago!! I'm glad you are getting to do and see everything you can in your year there!

  14. OMG, we lived in the West Loop and were at Glazed and Infused wayyyy too often!! So delicious! Can't wait to hear more about your Great Lakes tour, glad you had a great time!

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