A few of my favorite things – Chicago edition

Making moves on my visit to ChicagoThere are no ifs, ands or buts about it… Chicago is my favorite US city.   There is something really magical about the balance of the city that gives a little taste of home town hospitality along with an urban metropolitan culture and vibe.  One of the most attractive qualities in balancing those two flavors is the ease you have in exploring some of the highlights of the city on foot (at least before winter hits).  It is with such effortlessness that you can make a day out of exploring and get your fill of culture at the museums, history with the architecture, beauty in the parks and by the lake and of course FOOD.   In my most recent visit I got a chance to really do some walking and found a couple of new favorite things in my favorite city to add to my list.

Events Tips

Raise The MacAllan 5I am never sure how I get on these Chicago mailing list but as destiny would have it right before my trip I got an email from Save Our Social (S.O.S).  The site is a great list into the fun ins and outs of Chicago with some Featured Events that are so diverse something is sure to catch your eye.  The site lead me to a MacAllan tasting that I loved so it is a great place to decide how and where you want to tackle fun in social butterfly called Chicago.

Drinks at the Peninsula

I’m so fancy!!! Well at least this is how you feel when you set foot in the PeninsulaBeignets and Martinis at the Pennisula Martinis at the PennisulaFrom the BMW car service to the Ultimate Academy to the view on the terrace, the Peninsula knows how to make you feel like a boss!  As my stop at the hotel was on the move I stopped by The Lobby to grab some treats, which for me consists of drinks and dessert.  With a French martini and beignets on deck all seems well with the world!!!  If you have time make sure to check out their Afternoon Tea, it’s a great take on an awesome tradition but seats fill up fast

French Market

Chicago is a foodie’s paradise and few places are a greater reminder of just who many great food choices exist in the city than the French Market.  In one short trip around the vendor circle you can get a bite of almost any and every flavor you could think of. From organic pressed juices to wine to pretzels and everything in between the French Market is a great way to grab lunch on the go but still get a great treat for your taste buds and belly alike.  I went with a lobster grilled cheese sandwich and got a little piece of heaven with every bite.

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast at Yolk Breakfast at wishbone YolkOne thing is for sure if you plan to attack the city of Chicago on foot you need a great breakfast to start your day off right. My go to’s in the city are always Yolk and Wishbone.  Good food that fills your bell and atmospheres were you feel at home really highlight a city where the best at anything can be done fancy or not but still be fabulous.  Between the laughs and conversation with good friends these eateries give you something different with their menu that will leave you wanting more for weeks after your visit.

So what are your Chicago highlights???

 

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