John and I celebrated our 8th anniversary in June and just couldn't seem it get it together enough to plan a trip. I reeeeaaaaally wanted to get away though, so we planned a little staycation... one night in Chicago to try some of the places that have popped up since we had kids. It turned out to be an amazing couple days, so I thought I'd let you know where we went!
This hotel (slash hostel) has a laid back, bohemian vibe that definitely doesn't feel like downtown. It's fun and eclectic, with a great cafe and bar.
We had some pretty amazing cocktails at the Broken Shaker. Mine was called shoots and ladders and had snap pea infused beefeater gin, chinese bitter melon shrub, aloe vera liqueur, and coconut la croix. You know I love me some la croix! John had a trail mix old fashioned and I can barely spell what is in it. Amazing.
I had the most amazing drink here. Hominy beer with a shot of verdita. It's like nothing I have ever tasted and I need to make it right now. Besides that life changing moment, the chicken was delish and we had some fun playing ping pong. I was horrible and surprisingly John was too.
Heritage General Store
We like coffee. We (John) likes bikes. I've been wanting to check out Heritage for a while now and it was for sure a great hang.
We made it to Big Star approximately 5 minutes before there was an incredible downpour. Luckily we were outside watching it, under cover, drinking delicious margaritas and eating some unbelievable tacos. My favorite had mole spiced carrots, chipotle date yogurt, pumpkin and sesame seeds, almond and cilantro.
The Violet Hour
Right across the street from Big Star is the Violet Hour. The mural is ever changing and disguises the entrance. There is a strict no cell phone policy inside, so I can't show you, but it was dark and intimate with super high back chairs and amazing cocktails.
The next morning we headed straight over to the Doughnut Vault, right by the merch mart. They do have a food truck you can track on Twitter, but we were closer to this location. It's really hard to go wrong with doughnuts and coffee. They are made fresh every day, always different kids, and when they sell through- they close up for the day!
We had to work off a bit of doughnut, so we walked over to the Chicago Cultural Center. It is worth a stop if you have the time, and it's free!
Ravenswood is one of my favorite streets in all of Chicago. It seems secluded, sandwiched between train tracks and rows of brick buildings. I will take any excuse to go there. Luckily, there are two must see places on the same block. The Lillstreet Art Center is one, which offers art classes of all kinds to young and old. Inside the same building is the gallery, which showcases the work of some local artists. It took a lot of willpower not to buy anything...
This place is amazing, and located right next to Lillstreet. Put it on your bucket list immediately. It has the weird, the cool, the mid century modern, the 18th century antiques. You can find everything from furniture to doorknobs... or a mummy. It doubles as an event space, John and I looked at it as a venue for our wedding, so you can admire the building along with the merchandise.
That was our 24 hour adventure! What are your favorite things to do in Chicago?