A few weeks ago my BFF Jenny AKA Boho Style File told me to book a flight to Chicago so she could go to a conference and have girl time all in one. No brainer. Off to my first full weekend in the Windy City, and first up was this tower of terror also known as the Willis Skydeck. Spoiler alert: not that scary, I promise! More scary than the glass floor? The possible lines that you could stand in to get up to this 103 floor tourist attraction. I was totally under the impression that you just walk in, go up, snap a pic. Not the case. We went on a Thursday at 3pm while it was raining and still waited for about thirty minutes with something called the Fast Pass. Without that, on a weekend, you might as well be at Six Flags. But yay for a short wait and getting to experience this moment.
We were hanging at a Marriott Autograph Collection for the weekend, once we found the right one. (Slight Jenny faux pas, but I love her anyways.) There are a few in the city, but this one was amazing. Hotel EMC2 had the coolest technology and design (even a robot that I’m still not sure what he did.) It was located two blocks off of Michigan Avenue shopping. Or a few blocks, if you continue to walk the wrong way like Jenny and I did.
Jenny’s side eye makes it look like she’s mad at me. Promise she’s not. Especially after a dinner at Salero. Salero is a Spanish tapas style restaurant in Chicago’s West Loop. The chef treated us to a HUGE spread of specialties including a pork croquette, grilled octopus, suckling pig (my favorite), and paella to name a few. We were stuffed, happy and super grateful to everyone at Salero!
While Jenny was in her conference, I ventured out shopping and eating and found Fig & Olive – a Mediterranean haven in the Gold Coast area. This restaurant is STUNNING. It’s like a quaint lounge that happens to have amazing food. You feel like you’re in someone’s stylish living room. My cocktail above is the Summer in Provence. We also went back for dinner one night and ate the crostini selection, and I had the most incredible rosemary lamb chops I’ve ever tried. It’s delivered in a cloche and the presentation is definitely Insta Story worthy.
Honey’s in the West Loop was also a stop in and we were lucky enough to get there right when it opened with great lighting for a photo. This spot is under a bridge with very little signage, but it’s worth finding.
Other visits worth making are Bad Hunter (they have a cocktail called Mermaid Water and it’s fantastic), the Soho House (Restoration Hardware meets the vintage collector), Nico Osteria (oh man the meatballs), and Ronero for the rum and the funk.
Thanks to Jenny for letting me tag along. Can’t wait for our next adventure!