17 Things to Know Before Going to Your First Music Festival

Festival season is officially upon us. We were able to cross camping out at a music festival off the bucketlist this summer at Firefly, and we definitely plan on going back again. and again. and again.

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We learned a few things our first time around and want to share some pointers:

  1. Camping is actually a lot of fun. TBH,  I didn’t want to camp. All of the hotels were either sold out or crazy expensive by the time we decided to go, and I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of camping. Sleeping outside? Not showering? Porta-pots? No, thank you. It turned out to be one of the funnest parts. Chilling out at the campsite before and after the day is so much fun that you’d completely be missing out on if you went back to your hotel after the festival. You get to hangout, meet new people, keep the party going, and your only a short walk to the festival grounds! Whether its camping, glamping, or an RV…it definitely shouldn’t be missed.
  2. Bring a portable charging pack. The line for the charging stations at the campsite was longer than beer lines inside the venue. Surprisingly this was one of the things I actually remembered to bring. This will come in handy at the campsite and during the festival. You might need to use the charging stations to charge the charger, but that’s it.
  3. Make friends with your camping neighbors. We learned this lesson early on. We were thankful we shared our beer with out neighbors once we realized Devin forgot forgot the lighter fluid for the grill. Our neighbors saved us once they saw Devin trying to fire up the grill using bug spray…
  4. Stay hydrated. Drinking alcohol + heat = no bueno. Drink tons of water throughout the day. Bring a camelbak or refillable water inside the festival to avoid spending money on water.
  5. Bring a hammock. After being on your feet for hours during the day, not getting much sleep, and drinking probably a little too much, you’re going to want to relax. Firefly designated “nook” for hammocks to chill out during the day. We’re not to embarrassed to admit that by Saturday night we were watching The Weeknd perform from the comforts of our hammock. No regrets.firefly blog 1
  6. It doesn’t actually matter what you wear. Yes, you can still dress in “festival style” and look cute, but you need to be comfortable. Especially remember to wear comfortable shoes because you’ll be doing a lot of running between stages. But there is no need to wear pounds of makeup or plug your curling iron in at the campsite to look flawless for a festival. We’re all there to have a good time, and most people haven’t even showered in days.
  7. Plan out your schedule. It seems obvious, but it’s so important. Make sure you know who you want to see, where they’re playing, and what time. There’s probably going to be some overlap between artists, so figure all that stuff about before your inside so you don’t have to deal with it later.
  8. Ge the app. Most festivals have app that make #7 pretty easy to do. The app will usually have a map, show food areas, bathrooms, set times, and probably has a feature to set a reminder to your phone when your favorite artist is about to come on.
  9. Baby wipes. That is all.
  10. Make a budget. Once your inside those festival gates, money goes fasssst. Between the $12 beers (see #11), band merch, and gorging yourself at the gourmet food trucks, its easy to drop some serious money. Be conscious of how much you’re spending each day and try to set a limit for yourself.
  11. Sneak in your booze. Remember those $12 beers we just talked about? Your pregame buzz will eventually wear off and if you’re trying to stick to your budget, this may be your only option. For us, we quickly realized how easy it is to fill up our camelbaks with liquor. The first day it was filled with water, the rest of the days it was not. Don’t take this the wrong way, water is still important (see #4). firefly blog 2
  12. It’s not the end of the world if you miss an artist’s set. Whether you get there too late, have to leave early cause you’re puking (Devin during Chance the Rapper), or just can’t get to the stage in time, don’t sweat it. Just stay positive and keep having a great time. The best part of  festivals is the atmosphere.
  13. You don’t have to be at the front of the stage for every artist. You have to pick your battles. During the day, it’s pretty easy to get up to the front of the stage as long as you don’t mind all the glaring looks.  But once the headliners come out, it wasn’t worth it to us to battle the crowds (does this mean we’re old?). If there’s one person on the lineup that’s the whole reason you came to the festival, then yeah sure, get there super early and work your way to the front. If not, hanging out in the back is still a great freaking time (hence sitting in a hammock during The Weeknd’s set). firefly blog 4
  14. Bring games to the camp site. There’s gonna be some down time. You don’t want to get inside too early, and you’re going to be hanging out for a while. Whether it’s corn hole, kan jam, whatever, bring something to entertain you and your neighbors.
  15. Wear a fanny pack. Thank me later.
  16. You might get free food. Okay, we probably just got lucky but, still. Subway had a promotional area at Firefly last year, and when we passed by a saw a crowd we realized they were giving out free subs for 2 hours. We were just drunk enough at this time that I think we went back for 4ths, and 5ths. But even if you don’t get as lucky, it’s definitely worth checking out all the vendors and seeing what goodies or free stuff they have going on.
  17. You’ll be back. You’re first festival will get you hooked and you’ll be counting down the days till next year by the end of the weekend.

The Perfect 2 Day Itinerary in Venice, Italy

Venice is…unlike any other place on earth.  Between the endless canals, the culture, the history, and those infamous gondolas, the city of Venice is a must on every travel bucket list. But unfortunately when we’re trying to fit a whole lot of exploring in 1 week’s worth of vacation days from work, sometimes 2 days is all we can manage to spend in a city as dreamy as Venice. So here you have it..2 perfect days in a perfect city. But first a few basics…


Where to Stay 

Let me start by saying – you need to spend at least one night in Venice. A lot of people think they can get by with just a day trip to Venice. And trust me – as someone trying to live out my travel dreams with 40 PTO hours from work, the thought of a day trip is tempting. But the magic of Venice at night is something that you need to experience.

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Where to stay comes down to personal preference. If you prefer to be in the touristy areas, stay near Piazza San Marco. Most sights in Venice can be found within this area. We prefer to stay a little bit outside of the tourist area but close enough to walk.

We stayed at Ca’ Pisani Hotel, located in the artsy Dorsodura area. The design hotel is a actually a renovated 14th-century palace and has a lot of cool art deco touches. The best part of the hotel was it was a short walk from the vaporetto (water-bus) stop.

Tip: Make sure your hotel is close to a vaporetto (water-bus) stop. The last thing you want to be doing in Venice is wheeling your suit case around cobblestone streets, up and down stairs and over bridges!

How to Get Around

If you haven’t realized, Venice is a city on water.  There are no cars.  There are a few different ways to get around…

  1. Walking – Depending where your going, this is usually your best bet. Even if it’s a little bit of a lengthy walk, this is the bet way to get a feel for the city. Every time you turn a corner you’ll see something just as beautiful as the last. But as a warning, the the small streets of Venice are like a maze and it can be pretty easy to get lost. We used Google Maps constantly to help keep us in the right direction.
  2. Vaporetto – The Venetian Water Bus. This is your next best bet for getting around when it’s a further distance. There are a ton of water bus stops (including one right outside the train station) all marked with an ACTV station. The Vaporetto #1 and #2 line go all throughout the Grand Canal and are a great way to get views of the city. Fares run from about 5-7.50 euros per trip. Not gonna lie…navigating the different lines and routes can get a little confusing. Always ask where the destination is before you get on the boat.
  3. Water Taxi – Not to be confused for the Water Bus. Water taxis are very pricey. But a lot of water taxis are gorgeous wooden boats and you get a private ride with just you and your party.

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Day 1 

  • Arrive at Venezia Santa Lucia train station and go directly to the ACTV Vaporetto Station and buy your water bus ticket to your hotel. Enjoy the ride and take in all the sights along the Grand Canal.
  • After you get settled in, head straight to Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square). This is the main square in Venice, close to all the major sights. Get here early if possible. The lines will get lonnnnng.
    • Campanile de San Marco – Take a ride to the top of the famous bell tower (8 euros/person) for amazing views of the city. Unfortunately, it was a foggy day when we went to the top so visibility was limited, but going up to the top and hearing the bells ring was still a great experience.
    • Explore Doge’s Palace – Former residence of the Doge of Venice (the Duke), Doge’s Palace is now a museum and is on of the main landmark in St. Marks square. A ticket inside is 20 euros, and also includes entrance to Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
    • St. Mark’s Bascilica – One of the most visited sights in Venice, this famous church is the located at the center of the square. Arrive early because lines will form!
    • Bridge of Sighs – This iconic bridge can be seen from only 2 points in Venice: Canonica Bridge and Ponte della Paglia. The enclosed bridge connects the halls of the interrogation rooms to the prison room in Doge’s Palace. Hence the name “sigh”, as the prisoners would sigh as the get one last look at the gorgeous city before their imprisonment. And now, it makes for a great selfie spot.

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  • Once you’ve soaked up all beauty of Piazza San Marco, head over to the Rialto Bridge. The Rialto bridge is the oldest of the 4 bridges that cross the Grand Canal and is one of the most iconic bridges in Venice. You don’t just walk over this bridge…you can actually shop on it too!
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  • Gelato Break! You’ve earned it. Our favorite gelato in Venice was at Suso, a cute little shop we stumbled across near the Rialto Bridge. We may have visited more than once 😉

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  • Spend the rest of your time in the area just wandering around, enjoying the shops and taking in the vibe of the city
  • For dinner, our all time favorite place was Trattoria Al Cugnia. A small little restaurant in the Dorsoduro area with the best lasagna in all of Italy (okay, maybe we’re exaggerating. But its really really good). We found ourselves comparing every lasagna we had on our trip to this little restaurant.
  • If you still have energy left, head back to Piazza San Marco for drinks and music to cap off your first night

Day 2 

  • GET LOST! The best part of Venice is just walking around and exploring and discovering new things. We had the most fun when we didn’t have an agenda (which is SO unlike me).
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  • Check out the coolest book store you’ll ever step foot into – Libreria Acqua Alta. They literally have a gondola inside the bookshop. And the steps made of books leading to a gorgeous view of the canal is an added bonus

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  • Head to one of Venice’s most popular islands
    • Murano – Murano is about a 30 minute vaporetto ride and cost 13 euros/person for a round trip. This island is known for glass blowing. We went to Murano and watched 2 glass blowing demonstrations and ended up taking home some gorgeous pieces.
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      • Burano – Burano is a 45 minute ride. We didn’t go to Burano during our trip, but this island is known for it’s vibrantly colored houses.
  • Once you get back, it’s time to experience the most popular bucket list item in Italy – Ride a gondola in Italy.
    • Yes, it’s touristy. Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, you have to do it anyway. The ride lasts about 30 minutes and costs a flat rate of 80 euros. You’ll see the city from a completely different perspective and take in all the beauty as your gondolier’s humming echos through the canal (sounds pretty romantic, right?). Try to take the ride at sunset for an added bonus!venice blog 78

And there you have it! Two perfectly dreamy days in Venice! What else is on your Venice itinerary?

Snorkeling Between Continental Plates at Iceland’s Silfra Fissure

58. Swim between 2 continental plates


I know what you’re thinking — Did you just say snorkel and Iceland in the same sentence?!

YUP! And you are NOT going to want to miss this. Iceland is the only place in the world where you can swim between two tectonic plates, making this the experience of a lifetime. If this wasn’t on your bucket list before – I’m sure it is now. Here’s everything you need to know to make this dream a reality.



So what is Silfra Fissure?

Silfra is located within Thingvellir National Park where the Eurasian and North American plates are actually drifting apart, resulting in a rift between the two tectonic plates. The plates are drifting apart at a rate of 2 cm per year! The result of this geological divide is the clearest water on the planet (literally).


Snorkel vs SCUBA

So unfortunately, getting SCUBA certified is still on the bucket list so we opted for the snorkeling option. Snorkeling is a great option for anyone who is comfortable in the water. Even if you have no experience snorkeling, the tour guides are great and will help you through the process. BUT if you are SCUBA certified, I would think this is the way to go. Because you’ll be in a dry suit (more on that later), you’re limited when your snorkeling to basically just drifting along the top of the water (which is still incredible, don’t get me wrong). But SCUBA divers have the advantage of taking a deeper dive to check things out. Heads up to all you divers out there though — you’ll need to be drive suit certified for this tour.

What to Wear


For this tour you’ll be wearing a dry suit. These things are incredibly hard to get on, but don’t worry your guide will basically dress all of you before you go out. So the dry suit will act as a barrier between the water and whatever you’re wearing. We recommend wearing a warm layer underneath. We both had on fleece leggings and a warm baselayer.

Tip #1: Be sure not to have anything on your wrists or water WILL get into your drysuit (We may or may not have learned this from experience thanks to Devin and his Firefly Festival wrist band)

What to Expect


  • Get ready to be cold! (sorta). The water in Silfra is about 35° F. The dry suit will keep your body warm and your clothes dry (it’s like magic!!). You will have gloves on, but your hands and your face will still go numb from the cold. It’s not as bad as it sounds, I promise.
  • You’ll be in the water for about 30 minutes. This is the perfect amount of time to enjoy the experience. The current will take you most of the way, and you’ll only have to swim for a small portion.
  • Don’t bring a camera or cell phone (even if it’s in a waterproof case). The cold water is too much for cell phones or waterproof cameras. We brought a GoPro with a wrist strap a GoPro Floaty on just in case and it was fine. But if you’re worried about it, you tour guide will take plenty of pictures of you and the group.
  • DRINK THE WATER (seriously). This is some of the clearest glacier water in the world, and it’s also being filtered out constantly by lava rock. The result is basically amazing.

Tip #2: Don’t pee in your drysuit! lol but really. Don’t worry, this one didn’t come from personal experience. But our tour guide says it does happen. Basically, peeing and drysuits just aren’t a good combo. So don’t drink too much of that water.

  • You will never be able to see so far in any other body of water. Silfra has the best visibility of almost any other body of water, allowing you to see about 300 ft around you.
  • Warm up with hot cocoa and cookies after work and hangout with your guide. We loved talking to our guide Miguel and learning all about his diving adventures around the world. A lot of these tour guides live amazing lives that make you want quit your job and live like they do.

This is one experience you do NOT want to pass up if you’re in Iceland. Plus, it’s located right along the Golden Circle making this a perfect stop either at the beginning or end of your day trip. Just make sure you save enough time!


This is a once in a lifetime experience that can’t be had anywhere else in the world. So whaddaya say…is swimming between 2 continental plates now on your bucket list?!

Driving Iceland’s Golden Circle

One of the most popular tours in Iceland is the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle is not a destination itself, but rather a circular route that takes you through some of Iceland’s most incredible sights. The circle can be completed in just 1 day, making it a popular route for travelers visiting Iceland  during a short stopover. There are tons of tour companies offering day tours. But of course, these tours involve buses, crowds, and time restraints. If you prefer to have the freedom to travel at your own pace, and take as many stops and pictures as you want – drive the circle yourself!  Continue reading “Driving Iceland’s Golden Circle”

How to Find and Photograph the Northern Lights for Beginners

2. See the Northern Lights

Seeing the northern lights (also known as the aurora borealis) has landed on most people’s bucket list. So now you’ve booked your trip and plan on seeing the northern lights…now what?

Hunting the Northern Lights

Trying to find the northern lights can be a very daunting and difficult task. First things first, you need to have a clear night away from all city lights. The longer your trip – the greater chance you have of seeing the northern lights.  For all of those searching for the aurora in Iceland, your best bet is to get away from the city lights in Reykjavik. We got lucky 2 nights when we stayed in south Iceland in Vik.

There are quite a few “aurora forecasts” to check the strength of the lights and the clouds in the area to determine the probability of northern lights putting on a show. One of the most popular forecasts for Iceland is: http://en.vedur.is/weather/forecasts/aurora/

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Here’s an Example of an Aurora Forecast Website. White = No clouds (that’s good). The Higher the number on the forecast, the stronger the lights. I’d say a 2 or greater is worth going out for the hunt!

To make it simple there is a free app called My Aurora Forecast.  You can download this to help you see the intensity of the lights in specific area using GPS as well as cloud coverage.

With a little bit of crafty navigation you want to find yourself a nice dark quiet spot with a lot of visibility. Now get ready to get lost in the beauty that you are about to capture… I know I sure did. Keep in mind that lights from cars driving by can really make it hard to get the perfect picture. Once you’ve found a nice dark spot where they are visible – congratulations you’ve done the hardest part.

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Photographing the Northern Lights

Now I’m going to make it very simple for anyone that has basic camera skills to achieve amazing pictures to remember this for the rest of your life. First thing is first – go grab your camera while you’re reading this. The last thing you want to happen is to get out in the middle of nowhere, take a picture, and wonder why you can’t capture them. OR have all the required settings written down and have no idea how to manually operate your camera (that might have been me).  You want to learn your camera before you are ready to take them because you’ll have to make adjustments with the shutter speed to get the most out of your pictures.

We used 2 cameras for our norther lights pics. We used Kim’s  DSLR Nikon D3300 and my GoPro Hero 4 to make a time lapsed video.

For DSLR Cameras…

If you’re unsure how to manually adjust your camera settings, refer to your manual. For the northern lights, we’re going to be adjusting 3 things: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.

Step 1: You NEED to a tripod. Because we’re going to have a long shutter speed, you need the tripod for the camera to be completely still. If you think you’ll be able to hold your camera and take pictures it can’t be done. We actually didn’t own a tripod before this trip and wanted something really light to pack. We opted for this basic tripod on amazon which worked well for it’s purpose and held up nicely even in the wind.

AmazonBasics Lightweight 50-Inch Tripod with Bag- $12.96

Step 2: Set the ISO between 1600 and 1800

Step 3: Set shutter speed between 6-12 seconds. The shutter speed is one of those things you have to play with depending on the intensity of the lights. Stronger lights = shorter shutter speed, soft lights = longer shutter speed

Step 4: Set the aperture to as low as possible, ours was F-2.8

Step 5: SHOOT!

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For a GoPro time lapse…

Step 1: Set Mode to “Night Lapse

Step 2: Adjust these settings –

  • Shutter = 30 sec
  • Interval = Continuous
  • MP = 12MP Wide
  • Spot Meter = OFF
  • Protune = ON
  • White Balance = 3000K
  • ISO Limit = 800
  • Sharpness = High

Step 3: Setup your GroPro on a steady surface. We used a rock. If you have a tripod for your GoPro – even better.

Step 4: Sit back and watch the magic happen. You’ll want to let the GoPro shoot video for several hours. The longer the footage, the better the video.

Shooting a video with the GoPro was nice because it gave us the change to relax, stop shooting the DSLR for a while and just actually take a moment to take in the magic in the sky around us.

For completely beginner photographers, I’m pretty impressed by the way our photos came out. The Northern Lights are a completely unforgettable experience, and now you know exactly how to capture these memories for a lifetime!

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Let know know if you have any questions and I can try to help ♥

The Ultimate Guide to a Long Weekend in Chicago

So it seems me and my BFF have gotten in the (sometimes expensive) habit of buying each other trips for our birthdays. I mean…what better way to finally find to time to spend together than exploring a new city? This year I treated her for a long weekend in The Windy City and it did NOT disappoint.

Where to Stay

Chicago is filled with tons of cool neighborhoods with so much to see, but for first timers, you definitely want to stay near “Mag Mile” or the River North area.  Mag Mile is Chicago’s nickname for Michigan Ave. Here you can find pretty much all of the luxury stores you could ever dream of but could never afford (It doesn’t hurt to window shop, right??)

Aside from the glitz and the glam of Mag Mile and the surrounding area in river north is within walking distance to Navy Pier, lots of yummy food, nightlife, and the Riverwalk.

Don’t let Gucci and Louis Vuitton fool you though, hotels in this area can be super affordable. We used Hotwire.Com and stayed at the Warwick Allerton. This historic hotel was gorgeous and a perfect location for the rest of our weekend.

Okay – Now leave your bags with the bell hop because you’re about to have a busy weekend!

What to Do

Second City – Even if you’re in Chicago for just 1 day – you have to see a comedy show here. Second City is a improv comedy theater where SO many of our favorites from SNL have gotten their start including Tina Fey, Steve Carell, and Amy Poehler. We went to see the improv show one night and I think my stomach still hurts from laughing so hard.

Wrigley Field Major thing checked off the bucket list! Okay – even if you’re not much a baseball fan, you can’t turn down the opportunity to see a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. And if you really can’t stomach baseball, at least go for the hotdogs and beer (lots of beer).  Not only is this such an iconic stadium, but Wrigleyille and the area surrounding the stadium knows how to have a good time.


Head to Murphy’s Bleachers for a few drinks before the game. We loved this place so much we might have been a few innings late to the game…

Once you’re in the stadium you need to try one the famous hotdogs. Apparently it’s sacrilegious to put ketchup on these things (woops)

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Now that you’ve take enough selfies and completely forgot that there was a baseball game going on, you can head to the after-game bars. We went to the Cubby Bear, Sluggers, and Old Crow Smokehouse (there’s an upstairs deck here).


Navy Pier – Navy Pier is one of the more “touristy” spots in Chicago, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should skip it. This pier is located right along Lake Michigan with some awesome views. Walk along the pier to do some shopping, drinking (open containers allowed), or ride the Ferris Wheel.

Ride Along Lakefront Trail – Once you’ve had enough of Navy Pier, find the little hut right outside the pier and rent a bike. Even if bike riding isn’t your thing, you won’t regret it. Ride along the lakefront trail for some amazing views of Lake Michigan. We rented this funny little tandem bicycle cart, we embraced feeling a little ridiculous and had THE best time. chicago bike edit

Architecture Boat Tour – If you’re anything like me, the thought of an Architecture tour might not sound like your idea of fun. Turns out I was wrong. After realizing some of these tours are considered one of the top 10 tours in U.S., and realizing we get a crazy good student discount (always travel with an old student ID ;)), we decided to for it. Chicago is known for it’s incredible architecture, and learning so much about it’s history makes you appreciate it so much more. Plus – who doesn’t love some photo-ops on a bot ride in the river?

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The Bean (Duh) – You know what I’m talking about. The famous intagrammable bean, also known as “Cloud Gate” found in Millennium Park. Go to the bean, take a million selfies. This one doesn’t need so much explanation. Take a walk over to the Crown Fountain while your here and explore around the park. Once you’ve taken enough pictures, go have a drink at the Park Grill and take in the views of the bean in this cute plaza.

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Skydeck Chicago Head to the Willis Tower (or as we know it — Sears Tower) at go straight to the 103rd floor for some crazy good views (for a fee, of course). Not only are there great views 1,353 feet up in the air, but you can experience “The Ledge.” The Ledge lets you stand over a glass floor with glass edges for a view with a completely different perspective. You’ll have to wait in a pretty decent line, but they’ll still take a picture for you and give you some time to take your own shots. Definitely worth it for a cool experience.

Riverwalk – Chicago has a great pedestrian waterfront known as The Riverwalk. If you decide to take the architecture tour, you’re boat will probably leave from somewhere along the Riverwalk. So take some time either before or after and walk along the river wehre you can enjoy some restaurants, shops, and seating along the waterfront.

Headquarters Beercade – Coolest. Bar. Ever. This funky bar has tons of vintage and throwback arcade games from the 80’s and 90’s. They totally embrace the theme a 90s DJ. You can play unlimited games while you drink and hangout, making it a fun place meet people and have a good time. Plus, the neon sign above the bar saying, “Don’t Grow Up it’s a Trap” is almost too relatable.


Signature Room at the 95th – The John Hancock Center has what they call “360 Chicago,” which is an obervatory on the 95th floor. In my opinion, I’d skip 360 chicago and opt for the Sykdeck Chicago instead. BUT, you can still experience the John Hancock Center at night. Head up to the 95th floor for a few drinks at the Signature Room for great views. Turns out, the best view in the place is in the ladies bathroom (sorry guys!)

Where to Eat 

Giordannos – Two words: DEEP. DISH. The debate is still out for the best deep dish in Chi-town. But the two main players in the game are Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s. We opted for Giodrano’s and it definitely lived up to our expectations. I mean, come on, look at that cheese. But as a heads up – the pizza takes about 45 minutes to bake (this is anywhere with authentic deep dish). They have a pretty good system in place, but don’t be surprised if you’re waiting a little longer for your food to come out – it’s worth the wait.

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Public House – We actually went here twice. One time for a late breakfast – they’re known for their money bread. This restaurant bar also turns into one of the main bars in the River North area for nightlife. Some booths even have built in taps! But what they’re really famous for can be enjoyed any time of day – Milkshakes! Ours tasted even better after bar hopping all night.

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Yes – that is a piece of cake on top of a milkshake

Glazed and Confused – Kind of like this place just because the name is hilariously creative. But bonus – the donuts are awesome. Some were even names best donut in the world. We picked up a dozen one morning and headed to millennium park and had a little BFF picnic by the bean.

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There is SO much to do in Chicago, but this should keep you busy for one long weekend. If you have some extra time you can check out the museums. And if you visit during the summer – head to the beach!

If it wasn’t before – hopefully Chi-town is now on your bucket list.

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When was the last time you did something for the first time?

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

Hi, I’m Kim! I’m just your average 25 year old girl, working a a full-time 9-5 job, and still trying to make the most out of this crazy thing called life along side my boyfriend Devin.

A few months ago I decided I was tired of saying “I’ve always wanted to do that!” after hearing about an exciting new adventure. I wanted to be the one living that adventure, the one telling that story, and hopefully inspiring others to do the same.

I immediately grabbed pen & paper and began jotting down everything I’ve caught my self saying I’ve always wanted to do (hike the Inca trail to Machu Pichu, see the Northern Lights, be on the Price is Right, etc). Having everything written down made me seem a little more accountable, and actually made some of these crazy things seem attainable.

With the help of Devin, we checked  off some of the smaller items on the list like learning to sail, camping out at a music festival, riding a mechanical bull (IDK why, don’t ask). We soon realized this was so much more than just a “Bucket List.” I wanted this to become a lifestyle. A lifestyle of collecting new experiences, adventures, and memories. And every day that I’m not checking something off of the list, I’m still exuding happiness knowing that I am living my absolute best life.

Living by the bucket has changed the way I live my life, and I hope I can inspire you to do the same. So come join Devin and I on our adventures as we give you tips, tricks, itineraries, and inspiration to live by the bucket!


“Every man dies, not every man really lives”