I love Chicago. I’ve been once on a baecation and most recently on a girl’s weekend with one of my close friends. We actually went specifically to check out the XScape reunion tour but of course we had to do all of the classic Chicago things as well. I had to pack very light so unfortunately I didn’t bring my camera but I still wanted to share a few iPhone photos of places I feel are absolutely worth the mention.
I can’t stress enough how much I love a good hotel. My favorite boutique hotel brand is Kimpton so of course I had to find a location in Chi Town. The Kimpton Allegro is ridiculously gorgeous. Gold hardware, jewel tone furniture, ornate art all over the walls. It was simply beautiful and a dream come true for any one who appreciates a good selfie!
I love the fact that Kimpton’s usually do a wine reception in the evenings for guests. Happy hour and its complimentary? Definitely count me in!
Then in the morning they offer tea and coffee. I’m a tea girl. I loved sitting on the big comfy couch in front of the gorgeous Christmas tree and just soaking up the genius interior design.
While googling places to visit in Chicago the Hampton Social consistently came up as a must do. This is a very modern restaurant made up of all of my instagramable dreams. A bright space with a clean beach feel and Rosé and the menu’s MVP is alright in my book. We had the frosés and the infamous chicken and doughnuts. The food was SO good. Like really, really good. Even the bread and butter before our meals was perfect. Seriously wish I had my camera with me because the iPhone photos do not do it justice.
Prime & Provisions
Okay… moment of transparency. I am a big steak and potatoes girl. My favorite steakhouse is STK. Like I stan for it. There isn’t one in my city so every time I travel, I’m looking for an STK. STK Chicago was actually my very first STK experience. Sadly they were closed for a private event the weekend I was in town. So I sought out to find a replacement. I came across Prime & Provisions and hoped for the best. When I tell you it was GOOD. It was good! Firstly they accommodated us even though we were late for our reservation (too many drinks in Kimpton’s lobby). The atmosphere was very lively and loud which is the way I like my restaurants.
We started out with the warm crab salad. This is an absolute must try if you ever visit this restaurant. It comes to your table as lump crab on a bed of lettuce then your waitress proceeds to chop and toss it. The crisp lettuce against the warm crab was amazing. For our meals we had classic steak house picks: filet mignon, loaded baked potatoes and broccoli. Everything met my standards. If we didn’t have tickets for the concert we probably would have ordered more food!
Another must see spot that we visited was Giordanos pizza. Quick tip: don’t go to Giordanos starving! If you’re ordering a deep dish pizza it can take up to 45 minutes. Of course there are great appetizers but an impatient girl like me needs to be mentally prepared for that kind of wait!
I can’t wait to get back to Chicago and try more food! If you’ve been please let me know which places I need to add to my list for the next time!