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Renaissance Girl is a Chicago lifestyle blog by Laura Notorangelo for every person who loves to explore and find new travel destinations, restaurants, recipes and events.

Drifting Through Chicago: Chocolate, Wine and a Riverwalk


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Drifting Through Chicago: Chocolate, Wine and a Riverwalk

Laura Notorangelo

On a beautiful spring day, I went for a walk with Jennifer Claire to celebrate the warm weather! We walked through the west loop and up through river north. What I love most about the west loop is it alway smells like chocolate! I have the Blommer Chocolate Company to thank for that. They obviously make chocolate fresh every day and scent the west loop with chocolate air. Yum.

We walked over bridges, under the L and through the loop. As we crossed over the Chicago river, I was reminded of how pretty the riverwalk is! I highly recommend seeing the Chicago riverwalk to anyone new to Chicago. It's a unique way to see the memorials, restaurants, patios and mini parks along the Chicago river, at river level!

One of my favorite places along the riverwalk is City Winery. They not only have a great selection of wine, brews and spirits, but they have a deliciously napa-inspired menu with picks like dolomas, or a mix of rice, mint, dill and lemon inside a rolled grape leaf. It also has a lovely riverfront patio, so you can bask in the sun and watch the boats go by as you relax in the heart of Chicago.

Despite the humidity and howling wind, she managed to snap some gorgeous pictures! Thanks Jennifer!