Been There: Chicago

Chicago; the windy city, the home of The Bean, with views of Lake Michigan and the smell of pizza in the air. It’s a great city to discover on foot, eating and drinking your way through districts. Here’s how me and my better half did it.

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Public Chicago

An elegantly designed hotel in the pretty area of the Gold Coast, the Public is in walking distance to shopping district Michigan Avenue and a number of delicious restaurants (keep reading). The chandeliers in the grand lobby, roaring fire in the lounge and impressively designed restaurant and bar will tick all the boxes.

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EAT

Boka

One of the most delicious restaurants i’ve ever frequented, Boka is a gastronomy experience to remember. It was the priciest meal we had in Chicago but absolutely worth it.

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La Sirena Clandestina

South American cuisine wouldn’t normally be on the top of my to-eat list, but I couldn’t resist checking out La Sirenas stripped back interiors and relaxed vibe in the trendy district of Fulton Market. The food was bursting with flavour and so were the cocktails!

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Blue Door Kitchen

As I scoured the internet for good brunch places, the Blue Door Kitchen came up top a lot, and rightly so. You’re met with their complimentary homemade scones and lemon butter whilst you melt into their cosy armchairs in a somewhat British setting. I recommend the eggs and sweet potatoe hash all the way.

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The Allis

I’m rather obsessed with the interior design of the Soho House group’s establishments, so had to visit the beautiful Soho House Chicago for lunch at their restaurant The Allis. Perfectly poached eggs were served with scrumptious bread and avocado on plates that would rival your grannys collection – I had briefly died at gone to heaven.

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The Hampton Social

A restaurant that can only be described as Pinterest worthy, the Hampton inspired escape in the heart of bustling Chicago was a treat to enjoy a seafood lunch at. We retreated to the seaside-esque lounge area after with large glasses of rosé – the sign told us to!

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3 Arts Club

Around the corner from our hotel was 3 Arts Club and how glad I was to discover it – just look at it’s beauty! Chandeliers paired with raw brick and full sized trees was the backdrop for a rather glamorous breakfast. We unfortunately didn’t have time to go back for dinner but I can just image how elegant and romantic it would have been once night fell.

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DRINK

Trencherman

Green bottles line the shelves of this urban watering hole whilst soul music pumped from the speakers. Staff were friendly and people were trendy.

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Cindys Rooftop

After visiting Chicagos infamous ‘bean’ sculpture, head to Cindys for a drink on the roof top and take in the birds-eye view.

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DO

The Bean

It’s a must see in Chicago, not because it’s a tourist spot, but because it’s actually very impressive in its form and distorted reflection!

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Cowshed Spa

After exploring the city for hours, take your tired body to Cowshed Spa in Soho House Hotel for some pampering. It’s one of the most perfect mani/pedi experiences i’ve ever had.

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Navy Pier

If you’re not afraid of heights, head to Navy Pier and ride the ferris wheel for some impressive views of the city and Lake Michigan.

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The Field Museum

Head to Chicago’s Natural History Museum to view it’s vast collection (20 million apparently) of species, including dinosaurs and blue whales!

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