My Midwest Kitchen


Chicago is not just a great place to call home, but it is a central city in the midwest. This makes weekend trips very convenient with not just our two airports, but also because so many cool places are just a short trip away. Being huge country music fans, my friend, Alexis and I decided to take a quick trip to Nashville, TN over the Columbus Day weekend. We both had always wanted to visit and the long weekend presented itself as the perfect time.


We hopped on an early morning Saturday flight from O’Hare and in an hour and a half we were landing in Music City. We spent most of the day getting our bearings through walking around downtown Nashville, eventually spending a few hours at the Country Music Hall of Fame (SO fun). The hall of fame had so many interactive exhibits and we enjoyed learning about the history of country music through videos, articles and displays. In the evening, we enjoyed live music in our hotel lobby (we stayed at the Indigo) before venturing out for dinner on Broadway. We snagged some bar stools at Merchants where I am still dreaming about the ranch popcorn (literally, it was ranch salad dressing seasoning on popcorn). The night ended with some of the best live country music at Legends. 


From dining out to catching the historic sites like the Ryman Theater, Nashville is definitely a fun destination for a girl’s trip. The music scene was PHENOMENAL and a dream for country music fans like us. Even if you do not like country, there are so many different things to do! While we did not stay long, there are many options of outdoor excursions that looked to be promising.  And of course, we could not leave without trying some famous Nashville “Hot Chicken.” We walked through a number of western wear stores and Alexis left with a stunning pair of Justin boots. Being a fashion commitment-phobe, I am still longing for my own pair of cowboy boots and have been online browsing for some time. If you’re looking for a great time, a fantastic country music experience, and a quick getaway from Chicago, Nashville is definitely a must see!

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