We just spent the perfect weekend in Chicago! The weather was nice and sunny, we toured the city by bike and boat, went to the Comedy Club, and visited so many hotspots. In this blogpost you can read about my favorite places in town. We only had three days, but I’m sure we’ll be heading there again soon.
Located inside a beautiful century-old building, this pretty spot in Chicago combines a coffeehouse, wine bar & American restaurant. Restoration Hardware recently converted it into a design centre and retail store and redecorated the restaurant with its stylish furniture and accessories. One tip if you go: don’t forget to make a reservation. Especially on weekends this place gets very busy and the wait may be long.
(Lasagna @Siena Tavern)
Oh my, I still dream about the lasagna I ordered at Siena Tavern. Served in a steaming hot pan, this lasagna was hands down one of the best I ever had. My dinner date ordered the pasta carbonara looking equally fabulous in the big mason jar. Siena Tavern is located right in the center of the lively River North area and offers plenty of seating with their cozy booths, high tables and large bar.
(@Le Pain Quotidien)
You may be familiar with this French bakery as it’s located in cities all over the world. Unfortunately, Houston is not one of their destinations, so when we discovered Le Pain Quotidien in Chicago we simply had to go there for breakfast. One of my favorite items on the menu? Their bread basket that comes with a selection of fresh bread and fifteen different spreads to choose from, such as Belgian hazelnut praline, apricot jam and white chocolate paste. They also serve a great granola, lots of different sandwiches, croissants, and yummy cookies to take on the go.
This place is ideal for when you and your dinner dates ar not fully aligned on the food you’re craving. At Hub 51 they serve many different dishes, ranging from macho nachos to sushi, burgers, and salads. This trendy spot is located in River North, close to Siena Tavern, and surrounded by many clubs and bars for after dinner drinks.
This cute bakery and coffee shop was established in 2005 and currently has ten locations in Chicago. We were lucky to be close to the one in Wicker Park so we could start our day with a freshly brewed espresso and a house-made sandwich and granola. Worth noting is the instagrammable coffee art, a major plus for me!
(@Happy Camper Pizzeria)
Quality pizza in the heart of Old Town, just what we needed after a long day of exploring Chicago. On the menu of Happy Camper you obviously find lots of different pizzas, but you can also choose from happytizers, salads, soups, or calzones. Their warm and fun neon decor combined with the large patio make it the perfect hangout for brunch or dinner. Fun fact: many of the items on the menu are named after friends of the owners. It appears that Tony is already one of my favorites!