Shift Local: Travel Edition – Chicago

We went on a trip to Chicago for Steven and Joma’s wedding.


In between the ceremony and reception, Marc and I picked up a cute card at Papier Girl in Glen Ellyn for Joma and Steven.  It was such an adorable little store:

IMAG1148It was pretty obvious that we were looking for a wedding card since Marc and I were a little too dressed up for “shopping”

IMG_0262We had such a wonderful time at the beautiful couple’s wedding.

In addition to seeing family and friends, we were excited about checking out Chicago’s amazing food and drink scene.  As we mentioned in other Shift Local: Travel Edition posts,  we are not only committed to enriching East Bay communities but we are also dedicated to sustaining local economies everywhere to go.

Here are some of our favorites:

Hema’s Kitchen

Marc and I met Hema’s Kitchen’s Chef and Owner who informed us that she also grows her own produce which she uses in her dishes! Talk about fresh!  We agree with Centerstage’s review that “Hema’s Indian restaurant brings four-star cooking (both vegetarian and meat) to the budget-minded.Hema’s Kitchen caters to everyone from the hardcore vegetarian to the meat-craving maniac.”

Hemas kitchen

Owen & Engine

Serves locally-sourced ingredients and have a variety of beer on tap.  We recommend going on Tuesday nights for their Burger, Bourbon and Beer special.

Russian Tea Time

The last time we visited Chicago was right before I started law school back in 2009.  We went to have afternoon tea at Russian Tea Time, a locally-owned and operated business in Downtown Chicago.  It was our first time going for afternoon tea and we were hooked.  We just had to go back this year and it did not disappoint.

IMG_6465We hope to see you soon again Chicago!

Marc and Mari


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