Our day-to-day life in Chicago is obviously different than what it is in Miami.  Some of the elements (like work) are still there, but the logistics of how we operate are just different.

Since I’ve already shared a weekend update, I thought it would be fun to share a little peak into our “Chicago life” and the things we do on a regular weekday.

This was our day yesterday…

My alarm goes off at 5:30 am, but I reset it for 6:15 am.  I could not peel myself out of bed to go to the gym.  I figured all the walking I do has to count for something!  After I get up and shower, Vishnu gets up and does the same.  We talk as we iron our clothes and prepare for our day.

After we are both ready, we head into the kitchen to eat breakfast.  Samir, who also leaves for work around 7:30, is also doing the same (we’re staying with Roshni and Samir right now!).  After eating toast/cereal, the three of us chat and head out the door.

Vishnu and I walk about 1/2 mile together to the train station.  We chat about life and living in the now.  I love our deep conversations!  When we get to the station, Vishnu takes the train heading north while I head south.

Luckily, the train ride is less than 10 minutes, and the walk to the office is only 5 minutes.  Easy peasy!  I’m at the office by 8:00 am.

Day in the life Chicago 1
Because of the way the Chicago office is set up, I have my own office (with a door).  It’s actually really nice because I sit in the same area as three of my colleagues.  This is such a welcome change since in Miami I only have one other person from my team (who has actually been out of the office for a few months now).

On this particular day, Erin and I head down to Dunkin to grab some coffee when she gets in to the office.

Day in the life Chicago 2
Iced caramel coconut coffee with milk is the way to go!

Then comes a few hours of meetings and work.

Erin, Thea and I break for lunch around 12 and head to Bombay Wraps.  YUM!

Day in the life Chicago 3
Paneer wrap with lentil soup on the side!

After lunch, I have a some emails to respond to and a few tasks to cross off my to do list.

I leave the office around 5:15 pm and make it to Roshni’s place by 5:40 pm.

After talking to Vishnu for a few minutes, Roshni and I head out to Michigan Avenue to find a pair of comfortable flats for me.


Day in the life Chicago 4
These simple flats are some of most comfortable shoes I’ve ever tried on!  Totally worth the investment!

After stopping at Trader Joe’s to pick up a few items for dinner, we head home.

Salads and pasta are on the menu!

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The four of us eat dinner and watch TV together.  After cleaning up, I quickly write up this blog post, chat with the gang for a bit, and head to bed!

While it’s so much fun being in a new city, I do miss my Miami routine.  Thank goodness we have great friends who make us feel right at home!

Well, that’s pretty much our day-to-day routine right now.  I head to London on Saturday night for a week, so I’ll have a whole new routine during that time.  Being adaptable and agile are so my thing now!

What does your daily routine look like?  Does it vary by the day or is it pretty consistent?

By Parita

14 thoughts on “Day In the Life – Chicago”
  1. Ah what fun it must be to stay with Roshni & her husband- couples sleepover :)! Looks like you’re having a blast in Chicago! SO jealous you’re off to London- where about will you be staying? As always, let me know if you’d like any recommendations! My daily routine tends to vary depending on my workload. Monday, Wed & Friday always start off with a workout with my PT first thing in the morning- great way to kick off the day!
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    1. It’s been a lot of fun! And London was great too. I love that city! Have you been to Wahaca? If not, definitely check it out the next time you visit. I think you’d love it!

  2. How fun that you get to stay with friends!! And comfy shoes are always a sound investment when having to walk around Chicago. Our routine is the same everyday, which is how I like it, makes life more manageable. May I ask what Vishnu finally settled on for rotations and match? He’s quite a lucky guy to be able to head into work at 7:30!! 🙂

    1. And I’m going again in October! The travel is fun but I also like staying put too. The past few weeks have taught me that there’s nothing like home!

  3. I’ve been meaning to do a day in the life post, because I love everyone else’s posts like this!!! 🙂 I bet it’s nice to switch things up and work in a different office! My days are usually pretty consistent although I have been traveling for work a lot, so it’s fun to switch things up!

    1. It has been nice to have a different routine temporarily. However, I am kind of excited to get back to our lives in Miami!

  4. OMG… you moved to Chicago! How awesome! That’s exciting. Btw.. I love Sam Edelman shoes, I think they are all so great and comfortable and trendy! Have fun in London, must be nice to travel there, but yeah when you do it for work often, it’s not the same.
    Hope you’re doing well Parita.
    My routine is pretty much the same daytime, but every night is different. 🙂
    For now!

    1. Hi N! No we have not moved to Chicago! Vishnu’s been here for the past 1.5 months for a couple of med school rotations and I’ve been lucky enough to join him for some of that time. No moves yet!

      And I’m so glad to hear you’re doing well 🙂

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