You may have noticed, but summer in Chicago is kind of a big deal. I mean, we all suffer through the winter and then are rewarded for our efforts once summer hits. Summer is ALL about being on the water any chance you have. I have to say, I have done a pretty great job so far and it’s only early July. If you’re a Chicago resident or are planning a trip here, I highly recommend doing 1 if not all 3 of the below activities:
Number 1: Rent a Boat
I am so lucky to have found friends who are also all about this. If you follow me on IG, then you know I spent the 4th of July on a boat and it was the best decision ever. We used Boatsetter and couldn’t have a had a better experience. I highly recommend renting a boat (or finding someone who has one) because the best views of Chicago are from the lake. Hands down.
Number 2: Kayaking on the river
If you were to ask those closest to me, they would tell you that I am the opposite of an outdoorsy person. While I’m not about to make a complete 180 and go camping every weekend, I am trying to expand my outdoor activities and kayaking the river was the perfect intro. I chose the architectural tour and was not disappointed. The crew was fantastic, the views were amazing and I got a little arm workout in. We used Water Riders for our tour & I highly recommend them!
Number 3: Architectural Boat Tour
I’ve lost count how many times I’ve boarded the Wendella boats because each time I go on one of their tours, I learn a million new things. You can choose to cruise down the river or do the river & lake combo. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a gorgeous tour where you learn the history of Chicago and it’s buildings & have hundreds of amazing photo opps while sipping your cocktail of choice. It really doesn’t get any better.
I’ll admit it, I have a lot of shoes. All types. Boots and booties are my favorite and I invest in quality pairs. They take some upkeep when it comes to removing salt (check out my video here), but sometimes you need a little bit more of a serious fix. That’s where Gus & Beehive come in. I have taken my boots and shoes to both of these establishments & the results have been nothing shy of amazing. So, if your boots are looking less than brand new, make a trip to one of these places and you’ll thank me later.
Who’s excited for restaurant week??? I know I am! It’s really more like two weeks & could probably be called “restaurant weeks”, but that would sound pretty odd now wouldn’t it? There are almost 400 restaurants to choose from & I don’t know about you, but the struggle was real trying to narrow these down. I finally did it and decided to do a video to help you choose the best of the best this year. Check it out and comment below if there are other places you know I need to check out!
Whether you met on one of the many dating sites/apps, was set up on a blind date or just and old fashioned run in at the grocery store/bar/work/etc, figuring out where to go on the first date is always a challenge. To a certain extent, I appreciate when the guy asks me where I would like to go, but it also puts a lot of pressure on me. I don’t want to go anywhere too fancy, too casual & I want to have the option of actually consuming food should the date go well. Btw, what’s up with Chicago guys not wanting to eat on dates???
Here are some cocktail bars that are first date approved: you can eat, you can drink & you can get the heck out of there quickly if it doesn’t go so well. If you don’t have time to watch the video, just scroll down for the list. Have fun & good luck!
Berkshire Room: By far my favorite cocktail bar in Chicago for a first date or anytime. The cocktails are amazing, the service is impeccable & the space has a lot of history to it
Bar Siena: Yes, there are lights on the tree that reaches the ceiling all year round & it’s so pretty! If the bar downstairs is packed, head up the stairs to a smaller, but equally great bar upstairs.
The Barrelhouse Flat: A go-to when I lived in Lincoln Park. I’m sure the employees were starting to recognize me. The downstairs is nice, but the real magic is upstairs in the lounge area. Dark, cozy & intimate.
Matilda: Be careful when going down the stairs to use the bathroom. Seriously. Hold onto the handrail. Other than that, this is a perfect spot for a first date meet-up.
Up & UP (in the Robey): No matter what, the view is going to be amazing. This bar is on the 13th floor and has views for miles. If things go well, you can take the elevator down to the first floor to the Cafe Robey.
I have to admit, this is my FAVORITE time of the year. Yes, it can be overwhelming with all of the parties, events, weddings, family, etc. I always make sure to make time for myself & do things that I actually enjoy. Here is my list of things to do this holiday season:
- ZooLights: Christmas lights + zoo animals = being a kid again
- Chriskindlemarket: Because why wouldn’t you want to pretend you were
in Germany with a bunch of tourists? Great spot for post-work cocktails & snacks.
- The Walnut Room @Macy’s: A childhood fave that doesn’t get old as an adult. Plus, you can shop your way up (& on your way down)!
- Ice Skating @ Maggie Daley Park: You can either show off your mad ice skating skills or laugh at yourself like I do every single time you fall on the ice. Either way, it’s a fun time.
- Randolph Street Holiday Market: Swing by & pick up some gifts from your list… and maybe a few for yourself 🙂