Wheaton College tour with Carissa and Sarah in Chicago

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Early morning flight to Chicago

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since our Chicago adventure, but that is how far behind I am in recording my travels. Touring colleges with Carissa has turned out to be an excellent excuse for traveling and exploring new places. In truth, Carissa and I have been to Chicago before and I have visited Wheaton with Christina on her college search but who’s counting! Anyway, we had not discovered Airbnb’s nor had we experienced the culinary adventures that Farm to Table restaurants have to offer so this trip held new discoveries for us.

Before I get ahead of myself, first a bit about Wheaton College. Wheaton is a small liberal Arts College approximately 25 miles west of Chicago with a undergraduate student body of around 2500 students. Established in 1860 as a co-ed institution, it is a private, residential, and interdenominational Christian liberal arts college, where the pursuit of faith and learning is taken seriously. There mission statement is – Wheaton College serves Jesus Christ and advances His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide.

  • Colleges that Change Lives includes Wheaton in its select list of 40 schools.
  • Forbes magazine ranks Wheaton 98th in their annual list of 650 best undergraduate institutions.

From my experiences of visiting the campus and meeting faculty and students, I have been very impressed with there commitment to service and helping others with the education they offer. Carissa’s friend Sarah from Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth attends here and offered Carissa the opportunity to experience dorm life the first night of our visit. 

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Our arrival at Wheaton

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Carissa and friend Sarah

One of the highlights of visiting Wheaton is the Billy Graham Museum that is on campus. This world class museum documents the life and ministry of famed evangelist Billy Graham and tells the story of his amazing ministry. It is worth the trip to Wheaton just visit the museum.

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Billy Graham Museum – The pulpit used by Billy Graham at crusades around the world.

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Billy Graham museum – Rotunda of Witnesses, which houses nine stunning tapestries depicting great witnesses for the Gospel.

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Billy Graham Museum

After an enjoyable visit at Wheaton College, Sarah joined Carissa and I on the next part of our trip – Chicago.

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Downtown Chicago

Located in the Humbolt neighborhood of Chicago, Our Airbnb was far removed from the touristy area of the  “Magnificent Mile” and was instead in the heart of Chicago’s ethinc areas that offer the cities best food. Our Airbnb host “Vintage and Cozy in E Humbolt” was very knowledgable of the area and made recommendations that turned out to be perfect.

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In the Ukranian Neigborhood

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We loved our accommodations in the Humbolt Neighborhood of Chicago

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Carissa and Sarah exploring our accommodations

We loved our Airbnb

Our Airbnb definitely lived up to its name – “vintage and cozy in E humbolt”

Carissa spinning tunes on the old record player

Carissa spinning tunes on the old record player

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Our Airbnb in the Humbolt Neighborhood of Chicago – “vintage and cozy in E humbolt”

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The kitchen looked more like something from a movie set from the 50’s, very cute!

Our search for the best farm to table food in Chicago started at Lula Cafe. Carissa and I quickly learned that not only was Sarah so much fun to have with us on our culinary quests but that she came with the added benefit of having another plate of food to share!

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Lula Cafe

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Sarah and Carissa at Lula Cafe

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Lula Cafe

Spring Onion Tamale  Sunnyside egg, refried pinto beans, lime chicharonnes, Queso fresco, serrano chili aioli, pickled califlower

Spring Onion Tamale
Sunnyside egg, refried pinto beans, lime chicharonnes, Queso fresco, serrano chili aioli, pickled califlower

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Whole wheat Griddlecakes: malt pudding, honey ginger syrup, oat raisin crumble, banana

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Three Sisters Garden Oatmeal: golden raisins, bananas, Maple cream

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CLASSIC LULA BREAKFAST BURRITO
avocado, onion, green chile, tomato, potato, organic eggs, cheddar

Candied Chestnut Bread Pudding French Toast  cognac whipped cream hot fudge, pear, chesnut and rosemary shortbread

Candied Chestnut Bread Pudding French Toast
cognac whipped cream hot fudge, pear, chesnut and rosemary shortbread

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My new “best friends” from Instagram

Funny “Instagram Moment” while eating at Lula Cafe in Chicago –

Ok, so I’m sitting here in Lula Cafe, instagraming our food and overall acting like a kid about to get on his first roller coaster at the amusement park and I get this tap on my shoulder by these super nice guys and they say “Are you Coastal Traveler” MADE MY DAY 🙂

We have since enjoyed each others travels through Instagram.

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Farmhouse

Farmhouse was another incredible culinary find in Chicago. Closer to downtown than Lula Cafe, it sits right under the elevated L Train. Our waiter Andrew waisted no time kicking off the celebration of food and guided us into some excellent selections. I will always remember his dry delivery of the following line about the Amish farm raised chicken ” This chicken only had one bad day” ….. hilarious. It was delicious by the way 🙂

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Andrew and myself

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Half Roasted Amish Chicken
Sweet potato pecan gruyere grits, brussel sprouts, red eye gravy. So very good. As Andrew (our waiter) put it.. “This chicken only had one bad day” 😉

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Slow Roasted Pork Belly Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Wisconsin blue, cheddar and cream cheese, arugula, Chiala, malted tomato soup
Farmhouse Chop Salad: Tavern nuts, prepared vegetables, Michigan dried cherries, creamy herb cider dressing
Sweet Potato Biscuits

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Apple walnut pie with ice cream

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Art Institute of Chicago

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Art Institute of Chicago

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The bean

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Group shot at The Bean

We loved our trip to the windy city and can’t wait to return. Thanks Sarah for showing us around Wheaton and letting us eat off your plate! Carissa has much to mull over with schools like this to choose from.

Thanks as always for sharing in our adventures, I would love to hear about your favorite places in Chicago.

Hera are some of our Chicago favorites below:

Farmhouse Chicago

Lula Cafe 

Vintage and Cozy in E Humboldt Park

The Art Institute of Chicago

Green Corner: Organic Juice and Smoothie Bar

 

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6 thoughts on “Wheaton College tour with Carissa and Sarah in Chicago

  1. GREAT TOUR AND PHOTOS…I’M SO HUNGRY AFTER THE FOOD SUPER PHOTOS I CAN’T WAIT TO EAT.  MAYBE YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN A FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER. GOOD WORK. Billy

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  2. Ronnie, I sure enjoyed reading about your and Carissa’s trip to Chicago. I’d love to hear what she is thinking for college next year? Maybe we can grab coffee sometime soon. Crawford said you all had lunch on Friday–so glad you all could get together! Miss seeing you! Mary Jane

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