October 17, 2018

The Cool Girl Travel Guide: What To Do in Chicago

The Windy City: Best known for deep dish pizzas and Wrigleyville.

I tackled Chicago in 48 hours and made sure I got the scoop on where to eat and what to do.

I enjoyed this cute little city and have to give a personal shout out to my best friend/assistant, Cilia, for organizing my psycho list and putting together our itinerary. I mean seriously, round of applause.

So, here it is guys. My mega post of all of the GO-TO spots in Chi-Town.

WHERE TO STAY

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Airbnb

I stayed at this industrial-style loft which is located about 25 minutes outside of the city. I rented a car so it was definitely worth it! It was super vibey and was very practical for what we needed, loved it!

Chicago Airbnb

 

BEST PLACES TO EAT/DRINK

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Beatnik on the River

Like helllooo alfresco urban outfitters! We got extremely lucky with the weather so we were able to sit outdoors and enjoy a fresh pitcher of sangria by the water. The menu is Mediterranean cuisine so if you dig it I recommend the beet hummus and wild mushrooms as an app.

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The Allis at Soho House

Such a chill spot, even Kanye knows it (for real, he was actually right above where I was sitting in that picture)

You can drop in for coffee, fresh juices or little bites. Perfect little WeWork nook.

113-125 North Green

Paradise Pizza

Paradise Pizza

Festive new pizzeria and bar located in Wicker Park. I obviously lived inside this bohemian hut the whole time. Order their pomegranate margaritas!!!

1913 W North Ave

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Restoration Hardware’s 3 Arts Club Cafe

Industrial-chic cafe nestled right in the middle of a furniture store. I ordered a couple of spritz and a cheese board. Really cute place for a date or a casual hang out.

1300 N Dearborn St

Bar Siena

Contemporary Italian fare served in a stylish rustic space with a buzzy bar and patio. Order the duck Mac and cheese, gnocchi, or the burger.

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Stan’s Donuts

These donuts were PERFECT- no wonder everyone raves about them. I’m literally drooling writing this post.

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RM Champagne Salon

Champagne, raw bar, artisanal cheese and chandeliers. The pillars of perfection.

116 N Green St

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Deep Dish Pizza

I was told the best deep dish pizza in Chicago was Giordanos, but I’m sorry to say I wasn’t impressed- especially since I’m from NY. My friend who is a Chicago local recommended Pequods which definitely seemed more up my alley. I’ll have to check that out next time.

 

BEST COFFEE SPOTS

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Joe and the Juice

Not gonna lie, came here for the pink cups.

8 East Huron St.

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Limitless Coffee and Tea

Charcoal infused glitter lattes are the MUST-order item on the menu! Not only were they super pretty, but were delicious also.

675 N Wells St

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Owl and Lark

Eeeeeks, this place is so cute. I just love homey little botanical cafes. This one is a bit of a hike outside of the main city, but worth it for the pretty ambiance.

41 South La Grange Road, La Grange

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Real Good Juice Co.

Vibessssssssssss

1647 N Wells St

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Asado

Tucked away in one of the smallest and oldest alleys in the Loop. Asado is interior and exterior goals.

1432 W Irving Park Rd

 

WHAT TO DO

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The Skydeck

A Chicago quintessential, I’m happy I can finally cross this off of my bucket list. The Skydeck is on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower and is an interactive, cultural exhibit.

233 S Wacker Dr

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Walking Around

Love seeing old world charm in historical districts.

 

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Shopping

The magnificent mile encompasses more than 460 retailers, so you can literally shop til you drop.

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Bombobar

I came here for the gram, but if you want REALLY good donuts scroll up to the food section of this post.

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Blue Door Kitchen and Garden

I unfortunately didn’t get an opportunity to eat here, just came for the pretty blue door.

52 W Elm St

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The Art Institute of Chicago

One of the largest and oldest art museums in the United States! TIP: Buy bundle tickets for the art museum + Skydeck to save some money.

111 S Michigan Ave

 

 

I hope my big ass travel guide helped you guys if you ever plan on booking a trip to Chicago!

 

 

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