I am anxiously counting down the days/hours/seconds until this weekend because we are going back to CHICAGO! Chicago at Christmas is my favorite time of the year in the city and I can't wait to partake in some of our favorite holiday traditions that we developed throughout our five years of living there. My family is coming with us and we'll be hitting up Michigan Avenue and State Street for some holiday shopping, having lunch at The Walnut Room and checking out Zoo Lights at The Lincoln Park Zoo. Not to mention getting together with some of our friends! So excited.
Anyway, in the spirit of my brain being consumed by all things Chicago, I thought I'd share this that was actually a guest post on Sara's blog this summer: my favorite spots to eat and drink in Chicago. There's about a billion restaurants in the city, but these are the ones we favored while living there...
We lived in the West Loop so Little Goat was one of our favorite restaurants. The 'diner' vibe is so cute, and the food - amazing. You honestly can't go wrong with any restaurant on Randolph Street, but this one has never disappointed us. They also have a fabulous rooftop bar in the summer!
Speaking of rooftop bars... if you're visiting Chicago in the summer, you MUST stop at The Trump to grab a drink. And I mean just one drink, because they aren't cheap ;) But the views are beyond worth the steep prices - looking over the Chicago River, Michigan Avenue and River North will have you almost speechless.
Summer House Santa Monica has a super fun, laid back vibe. The goal of this restaurant is to feel like you're not in the city, but in Santa Monica, and they've definitely accomplished this. I mean they actually pump fresh air into the restaurant! The food is delicious, too - especially the seafood.
If you want the best tacos in town... Big Star is your place! While the menu may be small, there isn't a bad dish on it. We loved going there after playing volleyball, sitting on the patio and just sharing a boatload of tacos. Yum. They also have great drinks, make sure to try a jalapeno margarita!
Think shabby chic French bistro with an amazing wine/champagne selection. It's a great place for a pre-dinner drink, especially while on a date as it has a really romantic vibe to it. Very fun in the summer with an adorable patio (Chicagoans love their outdoor dining), but also really cozy in the winter with the roaring fireplaces.
Chicago has so many amazing breakfast spots, but one of the most unusual is the Bongo Room. If you have a sweet tooth like me, you'll LOVE this! I'm talking red velvet pancakes, chocolate tower french toast... are you sold? So is everyone else, so make sure to get there early since they don't take reservations and can have long waits!
Bub City has it all - great food, delicious drinks, live country music and a crazy late night scene. It's one of my favorite places in the entire city and you'll never not have an awesome time here. Make sure to check out the ladies restroom while you're there, too - that's all I'm going to give away ;)
And of course, it's the land of deep dish so I would be remiss to not mention the pizza! My personal favorite is Lou Malnati's, but you can't go wrong with any of the big three: Lou's, Gino's East, or Giordano's.
Have you been to Chicago before? Or better yet, at you hungry now?!