Chicago adventure: Day 3 – Little Goat Diner, Bobby’s Bike Hike & aftertoon tea at The Drake

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Enjoying my chocolate goat milk at Little Goat Diner

After a wonderful night’s sleep in my big king-sized bed of the Paramount Suite at theWit, I awoke early for a what I knew would be a delicious and fun day. For breakfast, we headed over to Chicago’s famed Little Goat Diner in the up and coming West Loop neighborhood.


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Bakers baking in the Little Goat Bakery

The Little Goat Diner is just part of the goat-themed empire of Chicago chef (and “Top Chef” winner) Stephanie Izard which includes her first spot, Girl and a Goat, located across the street. With menu highlights including “Fat Elvis Waffles” and “Sloppy Goat” the Little Goat Diner combines a bit of kitsch with some great home cooking. I went with the Cinnabun, paired with some Gunthorp Farm bacon and farm eggs. The menu features some amazing locally sourced, locally farmed products like the bacon and the eggs, which were so delicious. The menu also features chocolate goat milk and I just couldn’t resist. Fortunately, it was not too goaty.

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My cinnabun

After the large breakfast, we took a cab over to Bobby’s Bike Hike for one of their guided city tours aboard a bicycle. This turned out to be an incredibly fun experience, largely due to David, our great guide. We rode all over Lincoln Park and the lakefront area, hitting a few amazing vantage points to view the city skyline. The tour was a great way to experience the city from an outdoor perspective and David, a true Chicago native, made the whole experience quite entertaining and informative.

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A view of Chicago during Bobby’s Bike Hike
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Our great guide David with a statue of Abe Lincoln behind him

After the bike ride, it was time to class it up a bit and head over to The Drake Hotel for its legendary afternoon tea service. Served in the hotel’s Palm Court, famous guests (and tea experts) like Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana and the Empress of Japan have all enjoyed the experience. The hotel sits at the heart of the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood and has been a local institution since its opening in 1920.

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Champagne with my tea at The Drake Hotel

Tea, with champagne, was a great experience and the room is beautiful, complete with a harpist playing background music. The food was really good, a nice combination of sweet and savory. Highlights for me were the roasted strip loin with white cheddar on a pretzel roll and the macarons.

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Afternoon tea at The Drake

After tea, it was time to head back to theWit to pack and get ready to head home and start planning my next weekend getaway.

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My home in Chicago, theWit

Read about Day 1 in Chicago HERE
Read about Day 2 in Chicago HERE


My Chicago “Be A Weekender” adventure was sponsored by Hilton. Check out hiltonweekends.com to plan your own adventure.