explore chicago ......

sharing some of my favorite chicago finds 


talk derby to me 

a day at the races, check out arlington race track, not in chicago but only a 30 minute drive, i went to celebrate the derby and it was in full swing, bit hats, mint juleps and all! 


the chopping block

enjoy playing chef  for the day and take home some tips & tricks forte kitchen  at  the chopping block! such an amazing way to spend the day, check out their class schedule here to get you cook on - xoxojackie 


hotel lobby bars have the best wine selection 

some of the best wine & cocktails  i've found in chicago has been at hotel lobby bars, like this 2005 merus wine we found at the fairmont chicago millenium park lobby bar    

the blackstone hotel  opened a new 1960's style cocktail lounge 'timothy hutch' open 5:00-8:30pm daily, featuring live jazz wednesdays and fridays & over 1,600 pieces of commissioned art!                                                 

another hotel bar would be in the grey hotel they have a bar called vol.39 with an amazing wine cellar, we had  a bottle of paradigm wine from their cellar, that may be my new favorite wine, they also have a lovely menu of cocktails, and an extensive bourbon and whisky list. 


chicago sailing 

one thing i try to do every summer is go sailing ⛵️

i do not have a sail boat, nor do i know how to sail, luckily chicago sailing exists! you can charter one with a qualified captain, they also do rentals if you know how to take to sea, and they give lessons! may be signing up for those next! check out chicago sailing



cutest coffee shop 


chicken giardiniera 

the best one i've had in chicago,.. located in bridgeport, they've been around for over three decades, so they know what they are doing, they also have a good wine selection,  i mean food & wine right, i paired this amazing chicken giardinara with a 2013 chimney rock cabernet. 


best almond latte 


gotham greens 

tour the worlds largest indoor greenhouse, or just eat some local greens, from roof to table! 


chicago distilling 

 tour this chicago local distillery, and try their blind tiger bourbon and finn's gin, perfect for a date night! 


vegan chicago spots 

my top chicago vegan veggie flatbread  at  lyfe kitchen       carrot - lox at native foods café , still exploring, so stay tuned for more to come! please feel free to share any reccomendtions- xoxojackie 



best sushi in city 


best iced coffee in chicago 


wine tasting 

enjoy a night of wine tasting, perfect for a girls night out or date, it's a members club that holds private tasting events (but if you email them & tell them i sent you they will happily set up a complimentary tasting)

 - xoxojackie 


millennium park 

from ice skating in the winter to free concerts & movies in the summer, millenium parks is one of the best places to spend some time in chicago, even as a local (just avoid the bean) 


best brunch spots 

for french food: bistronomic , for farm to table : nana organic, best bbq : chicago q (hope you enjoy, let me know your favorites, more to come!)