Chicago in a night from start to finish…
We got into Chicago pretty early on Saturday morning and started our day with breakfast at LYFE Kitchen. The restaurant design is very modern and their focus is on fresh, sustainably raised food. Another cool thing, everything on their menu is 600 calories or less. Most of us (myself included) had an omelette that was featured on their specials board. It was made with fresh eggs, avocado, arugula, cheese, salsa, and had a chipotle sour cream drizzle. It was the perfect morning fuel to energize us for a day of shopping.
We hit up Nordstrom’s, Water Tower Place, and Anthropologie. I was able to get to my favorite store for workout clothes, Lucy. I found a pair of new capris, a tank, sports bra, and a cute throw-over sweatshirt.
We stopped for a quick lunch at a little local sushi place, Friends Sushi. Everyone got a salad and a roll. We didn’t want to overeat lunch because our dinner reservations were fairly early. Perfect little pit stop for resting our feet.
My best friend Meghan lives in Chicago and she was able to meet up with us for dinner. We were recommended by a friend to go to Hubbard Inn. We had goat cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon and a fig and prosciutto flatbread as an appetizer. I had a kale salad as a starter and a mushroom, asparagus, gruyere, truffle oil, and prosciutto flatbread for my dinner. The goat cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon were amazing and I was also a big fan of my dinner. The lighting was pretty dim so I couldn’t get great shots of the food. #foodbloggerproblems
After dinner, we headed back to our hotel to check out the bar that is on the top floor, ROOF on theWit. We spent the rest of the evening there and had a ton of fun. A lot of the girls that went are moms so it was nice for them to be able to have a night out and cut loose a bit. Everyone needs that once in awhile, especially moms!
So, one little perk about staying at the Wit is they give you a complimentary warm chocolate chip cookie when you check-in. Now, we didn’t take them up on the cookies when we arrived Saturday morning, but we were able to cash in on them on our way up to the room. Can’t end the night without a little dessert, right?
Sunday morning, we had breakfast at the restaurant that is connected to the hotel, State and Lake. Normally, I am not one for eating in restaurants that are connected with a hotel but that rule doesn’t apply in Chicago. I have had many good meals at State and Lake. Everything is made in-house and they use high quality ingredients. Our waitress, Paige, was so sweet that I am feeling the need to give her a shout out. *Shout out Paige, you rocked* I had the veggie Benedict that was made with a veggie sausage patty (made from all real foods, no soy protein), a poached egg, spinach, english muffin, and a smoked tomato hollandaise. Breakfast pretty much came in clutch.
I am so glad we made time to get away for a night together. I am a believer that girls weekends are good for the soul! Spending time away from real life to have quality bonding time with friends is a must. Love these girls!