Chicago

One of my very best friends, Elle, has lived in Chicago for the past couple of years since finishing college. I'd only been to visit her once, and our other friend, Chloe, had never been... so Elle guilted us into an impromptu friend trip this past November (guilt trip lol). Elle is quite the planner and LOVES Chicago, so we let her be our tour guide. Chloe and I didn't pack for the freezing cold weather, so would definitely suggest coats and layers if you're making the trip in fall/winter. Here are our fave spots from the trip... 

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To escape the snow and freezing temps outside, we grabbed lunch at Summer House. Cali vibes in the middle of Chicago. 

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We were in treat yo self/girly mode, so we got our hair done at DryBar. FYI, the Lincoln Park DryBar is one of the only ones in the country that doesn't serve drinks, but you can BYOB and there's a World Market right around the corner. 

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Elle took us to two themed bars... sounds cheesy, but they were both so fun! We started the night at Three Dots and a Dash. Naturally we all ordered tiki drinks. 

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We ended the night at DISCO. Light up dance floor, massive disco balls hanging from the ceiling, and disco ball shaped drinks. Chloe went above and beyond with her sequin blazer/dress, becoming a human disco ball. 

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Again, didn't dress for the weather, but this tank is available here

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We slept in after a big night at the disco and did a late brunch at Blue Door Kitchen. Elle told Chloe and I we were only allowed one photo each, so here's our coffee!! Blue Door is small, so took a little while for us to be seated, but worth the wait! Cozy and charming, and the food was delicious. 

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After brunch, we braved the cold, took an obligatory pic at The Bean, and then did a speed visit to the Art Institute. We arrived later than we'd meant to, but ended up getting discount ticket prices because it was so late in the day. Coat is Amuse Society from Riffraff and pink sweater is from Asos

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By far favorite spot of the weekend was 3 Arts Club Cafe inside of Restoration Hardware. There was also a wait here, but they have a wine/coffee bar and lounge area for the wait. We did wine, cheese and dessert for dinner and sat in this dreamy courtyard for every bit of three hours. 

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Before leaving on Sunday, Elle quickly showed us around Wicker Park. We stopped in Jeni's Ice Cream and popped in and out of local shops. 

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Elle was the best host and Chicago is beautiful in November... despite the cold! 

xx,

alex