Saturday Series 5 months ago by Liz Adams

Girls’ Weekend Guide to Chicago

Hi everyone! Carolyn here, back with another installment of our Saturday Series. This week’s topic is a fun one: what to do, see, eat and drink on a girls’ trip to Chicago! We get so many Coffee with Liz questions asking for Chicago recommendations, and I thought it may be helpful to round them alllllll up in one big, comprehensive post. Of course, Liz and I provided our own input, but many of these suggestions came from the best resource of all—the HAF community!

Whether you’re planning a Chicago bachelorette party, a mother-daughter weekend, a birthday celebration or just a girls’ night out on the town, here’s what should be at the top of your list!

Girls’ Weekend Guide to Chicago

WHERE TO STAY
Downtown: The Langham
West Loop: The Hoxton
Lincoln Park: Hotel Lincoln
Wicker Park: Hotel Robey
So many cute Airbnbs all over town, too!

WHAT TO DO
Rent Divvy bikes and bike along the Lakefront path or through Lincoln Park
Stroll through the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory
Grab a coffee at Elaine’s Coffee Call and head across the street to wander through Green City Market (a summer activity!)
Book an architectural boat tour
Rent an electric boat for a sunset cruise on the Chicago River
Catch a comedy show at The Second City
Go shopping along Armitage Avenue in Lincoln Park or Southport Avenue in Lakeview
Visit Eataly for a wine-tasting event
Treat yourself to facials at Scratch Goods or mani-pedis at Cowshed Spa
Have a spa day at Aire Ancient Baths in West Loop or Kohler Spa in Lincoln Park
Head to High Tea at London House or The Drake Hotel
Take a cooking class at The Chopping Block or a mixology Class at The Violet Hour
Book a room for private karaoke at Lincoln Karaoke

WHERE TO EAT
Breakfast and coffee:
Floriole 
Heritage General Store
Maison Marcel
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
Petit Margeaux
La Colombe

Lunch and brunch:
Southport Grocery and Cafe
Summer House Santa Monica (two words: rosé cart!)
The Allis at Soho House
Cira at The Hoxton
3 Arts Club Cafe at Restoration Hardware
RL Restaurant at Ralph Lauren
Somerset
Beatnik on the River
Lula Cafe
Dove’s Luncheonette 
The Whale
Blue Door Farm Stand 
Time Out Market

Dinner:
Cabra 
Labriola
Aba
Etta
Ella Elli
Momotaro
Monteverde
Bad Hunter
Little Beet Table 
RPM Italian
Nico Osteria
Piccolo Sogno
Le Colonial
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba 
Parlor Pizza 
Beatrix 
Quartino

Dessert:
Gilt Bar
Hugo’s Frog Bar
BomboBar
Sweet Mandy B’s 
Annette’s Italian Ice
Jeni’s 

WHERE TO DRINK
City Winery on the Riverwalk
Cindy’s Rooftop
Three Dots and a Dash
Pops for Champagne
Maple & Ash
SideDoor
The Aviary
Club Lucky
Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
The J.Parker
The Dawson
Punch Bowl Social

I hope you find this list helpful! There really is nothing better than a girls’ trip to Chicago, no matter the occasion or time of year. Be sure to leave a comment if you have any other suggestions you would add to the list!

Are any of you planning a girls’ trip to Chicago soon? Tag @lizadams on Instagram if you hit up any of these spots! Or maybe we start a hashtag: #HAFinChicago?! Enjoy!