I braved my way through the blistering cold January weather of Chicago because my girlfriend wanted to have a girl's weekend out there. While I made my share of complaints prior to flying into the frozen tundra of the Midwest, she definitely rewarded us by picking some of the best restaurants! I was so very impressed by the food scene in Chicago during this trip!
I fully trust my tastebuds with this friend because she is one of the best cooks and foodies I know. We had an incredible weekend of eating so I'm very excited to provide these recommendations!
We stayed in an AirBNB in Wicker Park. Great location! Super central and a short uber ride from great restaurants.
Scone City: Our AirBNB was 1 block away here and holy cow their scones are sooooo delicious! From savory to simple, they had the fluffiest and most flavorful scones. They bake fresh everyday and sell out by 10 or 11am. Get there early to get the good stuff! Also, they have clotted cream and jam! Reminded me of being back in the UK which was fab.
El Che Bar: Open for dinner only. Beautiful space, really delicious food. Argentine-American focused food. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. I highly recommend the green beans, smoked chorizo and grilled rib-eye.
The Allis: Love, love love the styling of this place. Located at the SoHo House we went for brunch but they also offer Afternoon Tea. Get the TOWER of bagels for a fun and delicious eating experience. Nothing but yum here.
Elske: This is possibly one of the best new restaurants I've had the pleasure to have in a long time. The space is beautifully minimalistic, quiet and modest. The food is described as modern American but with Scandinavian influences. While portions are small, every plate is a feast for your tastebuds and eyes. End your evening next to the roaring fireplace with a nightcap or steamed almond milk. Simply delicious.
The Spa at the Peninsula Hotel: No girl's weekend is complete without a SPA DAY! It was one of those treat-yo-self weekends and nothing says preems like the Peninsula! Definitely a treat and great for large parties.
Soul Cycle The Loop: Of course no girl's weekend is complete without your tap backs! We took the Soul Survivor class with Aya and it was one of the best classes! GREAT music and really good pacing throughout the class.