Welcome to “our” city! 🙂 Hope to meet you in person when you’re here!

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Hotel Indigo
Longman & Eagle
The Robey
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
Dana Hotel & Spa
Freehand Chicago
Thompson Chicago
Hotel Lincoln
Chicago Athletic Association

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Garfield Park Conservatory
Chicago River Tours
Millennium Park
Cloud Gate aka: the bean
Headquarters Beercade
Lincoln Park Zoo
Shedd Aquarium
Navy Pier
John Hancock Center
Museum of Science & Industry
Oak Street Beach
FTW (similar to Dave & Busters)
Cubs game
White Sox game
Bulls game
Bears game
Blackhawks game
Get your hair done?! I love my colorist, Karissa, and cut/stylist, Ryan from Maxine Salon downtown.


Virgin Hotel
Cindy’s (@ the Chicago Athletic Association)
London House
The Robey
Rock Bottom Brewery

The Allis @ Soho House
Miss Ricky’s
Elly’s Pancake House
Little Goat Diner
Milk & Honey

Hampton Social
Au Cheval
Tuco & Blondie
Blue Door
Three Arts Cafe

Cindy’s Rooftop
The Revel Room
The Violet Hour
Big Star

Bavettes $$$$
Maple & Ash $$$$
Longman & Eagle $$$
Maudes Liquor Bar $$$
Green Street Meats $$
Chicago Q $$
The Publican $$
Dublin Bar & Grill $$
Mahalo $$
Dove’s Luncheonette $$
Big Star $
Happy Camper $
Homeslice $
Piece $

Mindy’s Hotchocolate
Jeni’s Ice Cream
Stans Donuts
Do Rite Donuts
Firecakes Donut
Insomnia Cookie
Sprinkles Cupcakes


The L is an easy system – you can buy a ticket at the window.
Uber > Taxi … but seriously, Uber is cheaper & tends to be more friendly. PS. Uber Pool for cheaper fare, but not if you’re on a time crunch!
DIVY bikes are easy to use, but $9.95/hour — not cheap. Also, please note that you shouldn’t be bicycling on the sidewalk. There’s a bike lane that flows with traffic. Wear a helmet. Be smart. I witnessed several bike accidents within the first couple of months we lived here.

PS. You can shop on Michigan Ave, but I recommend getting off the tourist path and exploring a few of my favorite neighborhoods: West Loop, Wicker Park, & Pilsen.