I am back from my travels to Chicago this winter!! (Don’t worry! I will still be posting as if I am there!) I had a wonderful time chez @MirandaOates (thanks babe for letting me steal your bed and all your skincare!) and below I have created a mini travel guide for first time visitors with some of the best attractions, eateries, and other important information!
Fortunately I was able to take my time driving to Chicago and parking my car was a non-issue as my friend lives in the suburbs. I do not recommend driving through the wind farms with a small car as that can get scary.
As far as travel within the city, if you are looking to save money, take the train system. Otherwise, definitely make a budget for Uber and other transportation.
There are plenty of beautiful places to stay in the city but I certainly preferred saving this portion of my budget by staying in the suburbs.
SkyDeck at Willis Tower
This was actually our last stop during the trip! We were hoping to catch golden hour and obviously the wait was much longer than we anticipated. As much as I love the view, and the lights of the city were absolutely gorgeous, the lines and the time it took both before and after we got there were ridiculous even for a random Thursday in January. Thank you, next.
Some of my favorite views as we walked across the city in the cold!
The bean exceeded my expectations! Sure the mirrored surface is a little dirty, but the images we captured in the short time we were there were amazing!!
3 Arts Club Cafe at Restoration Hardware
Oh. My. God. From now on, anytime I am in the Chicago area, I cannot pass up the opportunity to visit this restaurant!! Both the breakfast and the lunch menus looked incredible! I ordered the truffle grilled cheese with truffle fries which was to die for!! And after our lunch we got to check out the gorgeous rooms on display throughout the store!
The Hampton Social
Another must-see spot! I got a light lunch here with tomato soup and a side of fries, but my favorite part of the visit was the frosé!! So good!
Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite places to visit in the US! The trip was overall very relaxed and easy and I loved seeing so many amazing things for the first time!
*In order by date
Outfit 1 (Restoration Hardware): Forever 21 top, American Eagle jeans, Kohls shoes, i.am.gia pixie coat
Outfit 2 (Hampton Social and Riverwalk): T Tahari coat, Lou and Grey dress, shoes from Kohls
Outfit 3 (The Bean and SkyDeck): Anthropologie top, J.Crew jacket, Eileen Fisher jeans, Steve Madden heels, necklaces from The Sis Kiss