Saturday, January 23, 2016

CHICAGO RECAP

If you follow the blog on Instagram or Twitter, you know that I visited Chicago recently! I took a long weekend and spent four days in the windy city with some of girlfriends. From brunches to happy hours and everything in between (i.e. shopping) we had a blast. Check out some highlights from the girl's weekend below!

EAT + DRINK
Summer House Santa Monica
We had brunch at this California-concept restaurant one morning and it was so good. I had the avocado toast and a pot of loose leaf tea, but really, everything on the menu looked phenomenal. Be sure to make reservations a few days in advance as this popular spot is always booked! This is already on my to-do list for my upcoming Chicago trip round 2 in a few weeks (more on that later!).

The Signature Lounge
Located on the 96th floor of the John Hancock building downtown Chicago, this lounge boasts the best views for post-dinner drinks in the city. It was really quite amazing to be able to see the city skyline from that angle. Oh, and oddly enough, the floor-to-ceiling windows in the lounge's bathrooms provide a great opportunity to snap a photo!

RPM Italian 
When in Chicago, the RPM restaurants are a must. Famously known because of it's owners Giuliana and Bill Rancic, this restaurant did not disappoint. Hands down the best Italian food I've ever had — and trust me, I'm basically a food authority when it comes to carbs.

TOURISTY
Would you believe it if I said I've been to Chicago plenty of times but never stopped at The Bean? I'm embarrassed to admit it, but it's true. A design wonder, The Bean is a massive stainless steel sculpture — formally named Cloud Gate. It's kind of like stopping by the White House if you're visiting D.C... you've got to visit The Bean if you're in Chicago. 

The Magnificent Mile
This is an upscale section of Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. This is the city's largest shopping district and is home to a host of luxury retailers. I always make a point to stop by The Mile when I'm in town because the shopping here just can't be beat. From Zara to J.Crew, Saks Fifth Avenue to Barney's New York and Chanel, Cartier and Salvatore Ferragamo, there's really something for everyone.


MISCELLANEOUS 

I'm always up for a good conservatory, and this certainly fits the bill. It was an especially nice treat to be able to escape the bitter cold for an afternoon and retreat into a lush paradise of tropical plants. While it might be difficult to kill a few hours here, it's definitely a great place to pop in if you're in the neighborhood. And it's free!

Restoration Hardware
Stopping by an interior design showroom might seem a bit strange to include as a "highlight" from the trip, but let me assure you, this is no mistake. This is one of the most stunning galleries of design I've seen... and hey, I live down the street from Smithsonian galleries. The interior designers brilliantly curate each showroom and the decor is phenomenal. It's a minimalist's paradise. There's also a beautiful cafe located in the center of the building for grabbing a bite to eat or a cocktail after browsing. Not to mention, walking around the showrooms with a glass of bubbly in hand is encouraged.

The Second City
We went to The Best of Second City sketch + improv show one night and had a blast! This is the company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell (just to name a few). It was so funny, my stomach hurt from laughing so much by the end of it. 10 out of 10 would recommend!





18 comments :

  1. I have always wanted to visit Chicago! It looks like a beautiful city and you looked like you had a great time! Have a great day!

    xoxo
    Amy |Pastel N Pink

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    1. Thank you, Amy! Yes, I had such a great time — I would definitely recommend visiting sometime if you get the chance. Just maybe not in the winter, it was pretty cold!

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  2. Great recap! I really hope to visit Chicago soon and take a pic at The Bean as well as enjoy a cocktail at the Hancock Building.
    Marly
    www.girlylove.org

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    1. Thanks, Marly! Those are both "must-do" items on anyone's first trip to Chicago!

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  3. I hope to visit Chicago this year. I loved the recap!

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    1. Thanks, Bella! It's such a wonderful city!

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  4. Chicago is literally one of my favorite cities! I love the magnificent mile and just walking around! Great recap! I'm from a town about 2 hours north of Chicago so it' was always the perfect day trip!
    xoxo

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    1. That's so awesome that you can visit the city whenever! When I was still living in Madison, Wisconsin I made plenty of day-trips down to Chicago. It's such a great city!

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  5. Looks like such a great trip! I want to go to Chicago so bad!
    www.kayleighskloset.com

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    1. I would definitely recommend visiting in the warmer months if you get the chance!

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  6. I always have such a great time visiting Chicago, especially in the summer. Lincoln Park Zoo is a great place to visit during warmer months. I'm glad you had such an awesome trip!

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  7. You took such gorgeous photos! It looks like a lovely trip!

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  8. Great recap! Sounds (and looks!) like you had an amazing trip!

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  9. As a Chicago native, I'm so glad to see that you didn't miss out on any "must-sees" from your trip. I hope your next trip to the Windy City is even more fun!

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  10. This sounds like a fun trip! I hope to go back to Chicago one day. I need to go back to the Magnificent Mile. (;

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  11. I'm planning to go to Chicago this spring, so I'm going to save this post! Thanks for all of the recommendations :)

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

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  12. This is one of the most astonishing venues that I've attended for my numerous experiences. This venue Houston TX is spot on with the decorations. The overall experience was amazing! Had a fun and comfortable time here.

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