New fav city: Chicago!


Where do I begin? I LOVE CHICAGO!! I really can't even say enough how much I enjoyed it and I can't wait to go back. There is so much I wanted to share about the city, so I will just start at the beginning.

We stayed at two different places: the Hard Rock Hotel and the Hilton Magnificent Mile. Both were amazing locations. The Hard Rock rooms were really nice and contemporary and the drinks at the bar were really good. The Hilton was great as well. I would definitely go back to either one.

Friday was devoted to shopping for the gals and golf for the guys (they played Cog Hill which I am told is a pretty cool deal but I can't comment because I don't know). But we started with breakfast at Feast, a recommendation from the concierge.

After that, we hit Michigan Mile. Love. love. love. I am going to do a shopping/street style post later this week, so I am just going to share some pics I took of the general scenery.

For dinner on Friday night we went to the Palm. The Palm is consistently one of my favorite restaurants... so of course the Chicago location was no different! If you go, ask for Jose. The sweetest server ever! Here is the Hubs with his prime rib that weighed 8 lbs. Just kidding, but it was close. And it was really good!!

After dinner, we took a recommendation from our driver, Lemmy. Finding Lemmy was the best serendipity ever. Because of Lemmy, we went to Epic. And had the most Epic time ever. Bad pun? Yes. But it was seriously so fun. If you go to Epic, be ready for the club atmosphere. It's definitely not a 'have a nice drink and relax after dinner' place.  But if you want to dance and hear some mid-90s rap... Epic is your place.

On Saturday, we did the site seeing thing. First stop- the Bean! (that's me with the Starbucks-- PS had the most unfriendly experience at a Starbucks on Michigan. The people needed a nice pill, seriously).

Crown Fountain at Millenium Park.

While in Millenium Park, I spotted maybe my favorite site from the trip... the building from Adventures in Babysitting!!!!!!

And here I am (acting like an adult) pulling on the lion's tale outside the Art Institute of Chicago Museum.

We didn't go inside the Museum because we were on our way to our architecture tour. We will just have to plan another trip!

Our tour left from Navy Pier.

I took ALOT of pictures on the tour, so I will just share my fav. one.

That evening we went to the Trump Tower for drinks before dinner. This was my favorite thing...

Yes, it was the coffee table in the Lobby. The Terrace was closed for a private party, so we went to the Rebar. Very nice ambiance and a great place to watch the sun set!

Saturday for dinner we went to Volare. Now, there are really no words for how good it was. The. Most. Amazing. Italian. Of. My. Life. I will have dreams about it until I get to go back.

Think there was enough for everyone??

On Sunday, we just did a bit more walking around. Stopped in the Drake and saw the elegant interior.

Love the mix of seating and graphic carpet.

Our last meal in Chicago was deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati's on Rush. The pizza was great and the restaurant itself had a really great ambiance. We sat out on their open air patio.

Just some more pics of the fabulous city...

I was so sad to leave.... and I'm already planning my next trip back! It includes museum hopping, more shopping, cocktails at the Hancock Tower and a visit to the American Girl store. Anyone want to join me??

xoxo, Emily


  1. So glad you shared about your trip! It looks like y'all had the best time. Aaaaaand I love that you referenced Adventures in Babysitting. Best movie ever.

    Let's definitely plan a girls trip sometime, I'm in!

  2. hmmmm... this may have to be my next destination...

  3. Chicago is one of my favorite places! My husband and I have never been together and I would love to do a trip with him someday.

  4. I can't recommend it enough- seriously so fun! xo Emily


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