Hi everyone! Today I am going to be talking about my favorite things to do in Chicago. I am a huge fan of Chicago and I try to go as often as possible. I am going at the beginning of September and I am so excited! I thought I would share some of my favorite places to go, eat, shop, stay and take pictures at! Because there are so many places that I would like to mention in this article, I think I will do a part two of this after I get back from Chicago in September.
1.The Art Institute of Chicago
ARTIC is by far my favorite art museum that I have been to. The second largest art museum in the country, it was opened in 1879 when the city of Chicago was rebuilt after the Chicago fire. Did you know the first collection that ARTIC owned was a collection of porcelain cats? A great thing about ARTIC is that t on the back of the map, they have some paintings that you can see if you are only at the museum for an hour! This is really great because it allows you to see some of the most famous paintings in history in only an hour!
Minnie’s Tip: Check out the cool lions in front of the building! The North and South Lions were gifts to the museum when it first opened! I have a little tradition of taking a picture in front of the South Lion every time that I visit(no hate on the North Lion, though.)
Here’s me by the South Lion- all dressed up for the Holiday season! I have been the Art Institute 3 times since is visit, which was last Christmas, but I like this picture the best.
2. Magnolia’s Bakery
Loved by Carrie Bradshaw(and me), this tiny, adorable cupcake shop not only makes delicious vanilla cupcakes and mochas, but it is a fantastic place for instagram pictures. I know it sounds vain, but I’m probably not going to go get breakfast there if it doesn’t match my feed. Fortunately, the tables at Magnolia’s are white marble(a classic, but beautiful choice) which will flatter nearly every instagram feed. One of my favorite things about Magnolia’s is that they have a cupcake of the day! Obviously, you can try any of their classic cupcakes, but this is a fun twist. You can view the cupcake of the day menu here.
Minnie’s Tip: I highly recommend the table next to the door-it is right next to the window and it is excellent for people watching.
A mocha, vanilla cupcake, and my favorite sunglasses( which I left somewhere in California this last week… very sad.)
The Chicago Macy’s has a special place in my heart. So many floors of pure happiness, shoes, accessories, clothes, holiday items, Waterford crystal( so pretty), bedding, and-of course, restaurants. Almost every time that I visit Chicago I go to the Walnut Room. It is the restaurant on the 7th floor of Macy’s and it has been open since 1907! Famous for the chicken pot pie, the Walnut room is an excellent choice for lunch or dinner! The absolute BEST time to go is during Christmas for so many reasons. You will have the best service then, the decorations are incredible, and you will get to see the Christmas Fairy who brings around little treats!
As you can see, the Macy’s on State Street is huge!
This is a picture in the Walnut room from Christmas! Every half hour the projection of the ceiling would change graphics and colors!
4. The Marriott Renaissance
This hotel us one of my favorites. I have been to a few hotels in Chicago but this is by far my favorite. It has been re-done quite recently, so there are not too many pictures of the beautiful lobby. I can say that the interior is now very modern and edgy. It is quite different from the classy, flower filled lobby-but I still like it. My favorite part of the hotel is the pool. You may know that I am a competitive swimmer, so I am definitely one to applaud a good pool. The pool at the Renaissance is on the top level and has a glass ceiling above it-so that when you are into the pool, you can look up and see some of the sky scrapers. It is really quite beautiful.
5. Corner Bakery
The Corner Bakery is the perfect place to stop for a snack when you are just getting into the city, shopping, or looking for a healthy breakfast option. I love to stop in when I am shopping at the newly-renovated Nordstrom! Anything that you can get here is amazing and the chopped salad is one of my favorite salads( somehow all three of my favorite salads are from restaurants in Chicago…)
I hope you enjoyed reading this article, I had lots of fun writing about my favorite places and I can’t wait to do a part 2!