Chicago

where to stay.

Chicago allows me to live in proximity to so many needs and such a diverse group of people. It’s really hard to hate anyone if you get close enough. That’s what I love most about calling this city home!

where to eat.

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

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

Brunch/lunch
Hampton Social
Au Cheval
Tuco & Blondie
Beatrix
Blue Door
Three Arts Cafe

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

Dinner
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 $

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

what to do.

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 stylist, Carly Wonder, from Meraki Room.

Use apps One Night or Hotel Tonight if you’re looking for a last minute deal on a luxury hotel.

Transportation

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!
DIVVY 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.