FINALLY getting caught up on some of the blog posts I’ve wanted to share recently, so I’m taking it back to the first weekend in January when I spent a few days in Chicago with a great group of women! We arrived on a Friday, left on a Sunday, and had a blast all of the hours in between celebrating our beautiful bachelorette, Stephanie!
We stayed in a flat in River North, just blocks from the Miracle Mile and some of the best food and shopping Chicago has to offer. For dinner on Friday night, we didn’t venture too far from the flat to a little Italian place around the corner. Quartino offered plenty of delicious wine and plates for sharing! The great service, fun atmosphere, and delicious food make this place somewhere I would definitely try again!
Saturday morning, we went to brunch at Yolk, which was amazing! I of course, had the Eggs Benedict and split an order of the Red Velvet French Toast with one of the girls, it was ahh-mazing. The French Toast was basically breakfast dessert and it was fabulous. A great way to start the day!
From brunch, we went a bit further north to the Goose Island Brewpub in Lincoln Park to sample a few of their amazing beers. While there, I sampled the…
- Brasserie Blanc (YUM)
- Foudre Project No. 2
- Juliet (so tasty)
So many great flavors and great conversation!
These four, though! On the far left is Stephanie, next to her is Katie, then Jackie, and yours truly! Through living with these girls for years in college, and all the memories we’ve made before and since, I couldn’t ask for better friends! Plus, they’re super photogenic, am I right?
After Goose Island, we went back downtown to have a drink at The Signature Room (must-see). Absolutely amazing views of the city to the North and to the South. It’s very touristy and was quite BUSY when we were there, but you can’t expect any different on a Saturday evening in Chi.
Of course, we had to pause for a bachelorette party group pic in the lobby of the John Hancock building.
I love visiting Chicago in the winter (minus the cold temps), because Michigan Ave is lit up for the holidays, shoppers are rushing around, and the window displays never disappoint. I did get a chance to do a little bit of shopping before the rest of the girls arrived on Friday, so I got my fix!
I’ve known Stephanie since high school! Being one year in school younger than me, we met when I befriended her older sister Christi. Fast forward to college, and I was Christi’s roommate for two years, and then Steph’s roommate for a year! For a longtime, I called Steph the little sister I never wanted, but only as a joke. Truthfully, she’s a smart, quick-witted, and beautiful person that I am proud to call my friend. Plus, we have similar tastes is liking to try new beers and food!
We’ve shared many laughs, tears, fun, and beers over the years (sorry for all of the rhyming), and I was so happy to be apart of the celebrations as she was getting married!
Dinner on Saturday night was at The Kitchen in River North. It was a chic restaurant with a seriously drool-worthy menu for both food and drinks.
We shared many delicious drinks and plates at The Kitchen.
After dinner, we decided to explore the River North neighborhood. Despite the freezing wind, we trekked over to Two Dots & a Dash for a festive, tiki-themed beverage! After we left the Dash, we went over to Celeste for a few more cocktails and some dancing in their amazing upstairs space!
Drinking a deliciously sweet beverage out of a disco ball is always my idea of a good time, so it was a perfect ending to a great weekend in Chicago, celebrating the beautiful bride to be!