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Chicago, Illinois. The third most populous city in the United States. And now, it’s the focus on our latest City Guide! This fun city is full of things to do, and it’s also home of the best deep dish pizza ever. Take a look with us as we and some other Chicago-based bloggers talk about the must-see spots in the city!
Art Institute of Chicago, South Garden: Erin Mack, a wedding and lifestyle blogger in Chicago, loves this area! “Located right next to Millennium Park is the South Gardens of the Art Institute, this is the perfect spot for some stunning photo-ops! The garden is full of hammock-like trees, fountains, and incredible architecture. Once you’ve taken some cute pics, stroll over to the bean, Lurie Gardens, or check out the Art Institute.”
Garfield Park Conservatory: Just 15 minutes west of the West Loop is the most underrated spot in Chicago. Garfield Park Conservatory is a free conservatory to walk through and enjoy. It’s a stunning greenhouse filled with multiple houses of thousands of plants and flowers. With palms three times the size of you, it’s definitely worth checking out!
Wrigleyville: Sports fan or not, this historic park is home to the Chicago Cubs and a photo in front of the famous marquee is always worth it.
Chicago Riverwalk: This riverwalk is breathtakingly gorgeous as it goes on for miles! Admire the landmark buildings during a walk along the river, or take an architecture tour to see the city from the river itself.
North Avenue Beach: Walk or jog along the lake and admire the mixture of water, beach, highway, and skyline at North Avenue Beach.
Sky Deck at Willis (Sears) Tower: Historically tall and important, head up to the 104th story for a unique view and experience, as long as you’re not afraid of heights!
Michigan Ave + Signature Room on the 95th Floor of the John Hancock: Michigan Ave is a necessary stop for any shopaholic. Find every store from Topshop to Louis Vuitton to Barney’s and more. While on this road, also stop at John Hancock to grab a cocktail at the Signature Room. Easily one of the best views of the city!
Where to Stay
Soho House: Morgan says, “When staying at this unique club, you’ll quickly learn how private and luxurious it feels. When you enter, they provide you with a large metal key, not an electronic one. You are not allowed to take photos (at least not with flash photography) to keep the space sacred and guests comfortable. Likely, you’ll run into a celebrity here (although I’ve never been so lucky)!”
Ipsento 606: Located right along the 606 trail, Morgan highly suggests ordering their special “Ipsento latte” for a bit of spiciness and sweetness and a sweet potato based mini donut to pair with it. This place also doubles as a late night spot, serving alcoholic beverages.
Allis at Soho House: High ceilings, chandeliers, and artist-at-work vibes? Sign us up. What technically is known as a club, the lobby of Allis at Soho House makes for a great coffee shop or workspace. You’ll be taken away by the beauty and inspired by others in the room.
Goddess and the Baker: Great for a quick bite or caffeine fix, this is one of Morgan’s favorite South Loop spots (doesn’t hurt that it’s right next to the Chicago River…and Soul Cycle). Everything you want, including a cute aesthetic, is found here.
Left Coast Food + Juice: When West Coast meets Midwest, magic happens at this local coffee, smoothie and all around healthy food shop. With a west coast inspired vibe, bright and beautiful interiors, it’s the perfect spot for a fast, healthy fix and cute photos! Morgan claims, “No joke, I eat here at least once a week :)”.
Summer House Santa Monica: With a “Vitamin D” room, this place makes you feel like you’re in the warmth of California even in the dead cold of Chicago winter!
Hampton Social: Northeastern shore vibes o’ plenty, this place has great seafood dishes with an extremely feminine and fun atmosphere. The sign “Rose all day” says it all.
Three Arts Club at Restoration Hardware: This cafe is a little slice of heaven inside the already most beautiful furniture store in the world. #Protip: arrive early as the cafe gets crowded quickly! On the other hand, however, if you must wait, there are plenty of gorgeous pieces to look at and an amazing rooftop as well.
Mahalo: If you’re craving a bit of a vacation, hit up this Wicker Park favorite. With poke bowls and pot stickers, as well as amazing drinks, it’s the perfect girls night spot or bunch spot.
Blue Door Kitchen and Farm Stand: This is a farm to table hot spot where everything tastes garden fresh and delicious. To top it off, even the table settings are gorgeous!
Ema: One of the best restaurants for “special occasions,” this gorgeous Mediterranean tapas style spot has a great combination of dips, sips and upscale kebabs
And that’s all for this round-up! What are your fave spots to visit in Chicago? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!