Thursday, April 20, 2017


Having lived in Chicago for nearly 5 years, I have serious love for the city and my closest friends that still live there. Lucky for me, it's just a quick 45 minute flight, and we're reunited.

my babes.
I've made a few trips to the city already in 2017, and will be back next month to see Hamilton (YESSSS) - so I thought I'd post about a few noteworthy and favorite food and drink spots in the city. These are the perfect haunts for your weekend getaway.

best intentions, logan square.
Bad Hunter 

Bad Hunter is a recently opened, veg-forward restaurant in the West Loop. It's located on Randolph St. and is neighbors with other more well established hot spots like Au Cheval and Girl and the Goat.

off the shoulder top - zara, suede pants - j brand, mules - misguided, bag - céline, bracelet - hermes 

It's hard not to swoon over the design of this place. On the exterior you're greeted by the very of-the-moment neon sign (a definite photo op). Inside all the gorgeous french doors, which were open during our perfect spring night visit (all you need is a light jacket!), you'll find gorgeous gorgeous custom metalwork by Wayward Machine Co. Not to mention the soapstone bar tops, luscious leather booths and greenery for days. Being in the space just makes you feel cool.

Even the bathrooms are cool - green and black marble console sink? I accept. And yes, I took a bathroom selfie, judge away!

only critique - get a purse hook in the bathroom! céline and wet counters do not mix. 

Plan to get to the restaurant a few minutes before your reservation, so Sabrina (serious girl crush) can make you a delicious cocktail at the bar pre-dinner. There are about a dozen unique libations to choose from, but I'd highly recommend the 40 hour Layover. It went down VERY easily.

40HR LAYOVER - Lot 40 Rye Whisky, Vecchio Amaro, Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Arton Blanche Armagnac, Bittermens Winter Melon Bitters 

By the time us three hungry ladies sat down for dinner, we were READY to take take down this menu. HOLY heaven, the food here was incredible. There's really no two ways about it, everything was so damn good. While they do offer a few meat dishes, we opted to stick with the vegetarian options, as I was the guest of honor anddd I tend to get what I want :) Honestly, even my omnivorous friends had no complaints, and we all left very full and very happy.

loved this bottle.

wood grilled ramps with ramp ash honey and puffed rice // fry bread with pickled onions, burrata, chile oil and dill.

the ramps, unreal.

Other dishes we enjoyed that aren't pictured (sorry, wine + food = distracted Kellie):

  • wood grilled carrots & fennel with pistachio-green chile pesto, avocado crema and queso fresco
  • tempura fried lemons & carolina sweet potato with matcha and fish caramel sauce
  • butter dumplings with charred fava beans, fresh cucumber kimchi and seaweed - GET THESE!!!
  • saffron farfalle with root bolognese, hook’s parmesan and grapefruit breadcrumbs 
  • trumpet mushroom special, which the exact details of are a bit hazy, but what I do know is you must get them if they are still on the menu
  • chocolate chip and fleur de sel cookie
  • blood orange sherbet 

  • I really couldn't recommend this place more highly. If you're going to be in town soon, make a reservation (they're still a bit hard to come by, and I would not count on a walk in). You will not regret this meal.

    my girls. 

    A few more spots worth visiting:
    Alliance Bakery

    Alliance Bakery located on Division St. in my former neighborhood, Wicker Park. I hadn't been in quite some time, but intentionally sought out Alliance on so I could pick up some Chance The Rapper cookies supporting Chicago Public Schools. Chance recently donated a millions dollars to CPS, so to echo his efforts, Alliance started selling Chance cookies and donating the proceeds to CPS. Such a cool idea, I had to support. If you'd like to support the cause directly, visit Chance's website to donate.

    Chop Shop

    Chop Shop is another great spot in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Chop Shop is really a 3-in-1, offering a deli/butcher shop, restaurant and bar, as well as a private event space. Check out their events calendar to see if anything cool will be going on during your visit. Otherwise, just stop by for some delicious food and drink! I had the veggie burger and an old fashioned. Both were delicious!

    If you pop if, make sure to say hi to Matt Woodburn, one of the owners and a newly made friend. Thanks Matt!


    Eataly, brainchild of superstar chef Mario Batali, has locations in Chicago, NYC, Boston and LA. I've visited the Chicago location a few times in the past couple of years, and am yet to be disappointing. The place can be kind of overwhelming (imagine the Italian cuisine version of IKEA), but there really is a little bit of something for everyone. Eatly is a great spot to take a group, mark off some time to wander both levels of Italian goods and eateries. 

    Chicago Athletic Association

    The Chicacago Athletic Association is a luxury hotel located across the street from Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue, in the heart of downtown Chicago. The hotel took over the once defunct Chicago Athletic Associate Club headquarters, and restored the gorgeous c. 1890's building, re-imagining it into not only a luxury hotel but a true drinking and dining experience. Within the CAA, there are a few unique spots to check out. Cindy's rooftop restaurant and bar (unbeatable views), the Game Room bar (pretty self explanatory, but billiards and games galore), and Cherry Circle Room (fine dining restaurant).

    bartenders - they make great drinks, but take average photos. 
    Stepping into the CAA, you'll feel like you've been transported back in time. The architecture is gorgeous, and quintessential old school Chicago. Make a dinner reservation at Cherry Circle Room, and come early for cocktails at the Game Room or Cindy's (weather dependent). Plan on making a long evening of it, nothing here is rushed - and that's a good thing! The food and cocktails are phenomenal and you'll want to take your time and enjoy.

    What are your favorite places to visit in Chicago? Anywhere I should go when I'm back in May?

    xx K


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