A Guide to Chicago’s Old Town

I have lived in Old Town for nearly two years, so I think it is time that I tell you a bit about the neighborhood. I have gathered up information on all my favorite things to do in Old Town, including where to eat, where to work out, and where to shop. Restaurants: Honestly, Old […]

2 Chicago Staycations

Pack your bags! We are heading out on two Chicago staycations. At first I thought that the idea of a staycation was silly. Why pay money to stay in a city you live in? I wasn’t quite sold on the idea of a staycation, but I booked a room for us at the Soho House on […]

Wintertime Date Ideas for Chicagoans

Dating in Chicago in the winter can require a little creativity. I have a handful of wintertime date ideas for Chicagoans that will make sure your weekends are filled with fun (and food). I created seven different date ideas that pair an activity with my favorite thing – food. I tried to pick accommodate a […]

The Ultimate Chicago Weekend

When my parents announced that they were coming to visit for the first time in three years I made it my mission to show them such a wonderful time that they wouldn’t let so much time pass before their next visit. Expedia.com asked me to create the Ultimate Chicago Guide, so after much consideration and planning […]

List of Chicago Food Festivals

  Grab your calendar, there are a lot of fantastic food festivals heading to Chicago this summer/early fall. It can all get a little overwhelming, so I have created a list of Chicago food festivals with all the information you need to understand what makes each of these events unique. Some are all about food, […]

The Commons Club at the Virgin Hotel, Chicago

On the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, Charles and I escaped the madness and had a quiet leisurely brunch at The Commons Club at the Virgin Hotel. The Saturday before St. Pat’s is when Chicago celebrates and things kick off with the river being dyed green. Then things quickly escalate into a full blown drunken […]

Au Cheval, and the best burger in Chicago

There are burgers, and then there are burgers that put all the others to shame. The burger at West Loop eatery Au Cheval is legendary (even Barney Stinson would agree). The burger is an experience. It isn’t unusual for entire tables of people to all order the burger, and generally little conversation occurs (other than […]

Gingerbrunch at the Dana Hotel

A leisurely brunch with girl friends, followed by an afternoon spent decorating gingerbread houses – while sipping mimosas sounds just perfect, doesn’t it? The best part was that the Dana Hotel did all of the work. You just need to make a reservation at hotel’s restaurant, Freestyle, for their Gingerbrunch, and the hotel will have everything […]

Umami Burger, Chicago

For a city known for hot dogs, Chicago has certainly been flirting with burgers lately. In the past couple of months Chicago has added two high profile burger joints to the city’s roster of restaurants. Recently Shake Shack has been stealing the spotlight, but Umami Burger (an import from Los Angeles) arrived first. Umami Burger […]

Sparkling Cranberry Prosecco Cocktail and Lincoln Park Holiday Shop Hop with Oh, Olive

The holidays are quickly approaching and there is nothing more festive than a sparkling cocktail. This Sparkling Cranberry Prosecco Cocktail is perfect for Thanksgiving and your Christmas celebrations. The best part is that you can prepare this drink in a large pitcher so that you can have it ready for guests when they arrive. Speaking of […]

A Toast to Charlie Trotter

November 5th marked one year since the sudden passing of culinary legend Charlie Trotter. To honor Chef Trotter and to raise money for the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation, Charlie’s wife, Rochelle Trotter hosted A Toast to Charlie Trotter. The event featured food and wine pairings from chefs, mixologists, and sommeliers who each had a personal […]

Alinea – Chicago: The Number 1 Restaurant in America

My birthday gift from my husband was dinner at Alinea, the number one restaurant in America/number five in the world. Alinea’s owner/chef Grant Achatz’s is a culinary legend. He has been the recipient of several James Beard Awards, and his restaurant holds the highest rating of three Michelin stars. After watching Spinning Plates I had been […]

Saturday in Chicago (it involved Publican, David Bowie, and baffo)

Birthdays are extra special when they land on a Saturday. I decided to treat myself to a rare day off! People are always asking how I write this site, work a full time job, and manage my role at the Windy City Blogger Collective. To be honest, I work all.the.time. I’m out of bed by […]

deca at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Deca, the restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, is a Michelin Bib Gourmand winner and they recently welcomed Executive Chef Martin Knaubert who previous worked as a chef at The Four Seasons kitchens all over the world (The Four Seasons owns The Ritz-Carlton Chicago). He was in Berlin, Florida, Hawaii, China, Syria, and Canada before coming to Chicago. He recently […]

The Pump Room at the Public Hotel, Chicago

The Pump Room at the Public Hotel is celebrating its 75th anniversary. While some hotel restaurants can be sterile and uninviting, The Pump Room, with its gorgeous globe lighting, is cozy, romantic, and welcoming. Some friends and I were invited to taste throw back 1930s cocktails and the fall menu. We were treated to a […]

Adamus at The Silversmith Hotel

Adamus is one of the new additions to the loop dining scene, bringing life to an area that used to be a little too quiet. Adamus is tucked inside the newly renovated The Silversmith Hotel. They invited a group from the Windy City Blogger Collective to try the new seasonal fall menu. The menu was fall […]

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