A trip to Chicago in early March doesn't really beckon to most. The city is still bitterly cold and grey, trees are still bare and sidewalks are still piled with black snow. Friends of ours had moved to Chicago last August and I've been attracted to the food scene for years now, yet somehow, Paul and I both had never managed a trip to this great American city. We felt like it was time.
I'll start by saying we stayed at the new Thompson Hotel, which opened last fall. Located in the Gold Coast district, it was a perfect neighborhood for shopping and I imagine in summer, its proximity to Lake Michigan makes it a very desirable area to use as a base camp. The hotel staff were really accommodating and the room itself was plush with lots of space and a terribly comfortable bed. So comfortable, it made rising from late afternoon naps almost impossible. Dining here was superb and Nico Osteria is a serious winner but I'll get into that in the next post. Without question, I'd absolutely stay here again.
While most of the trip was spent revolving entirely around food and drink plans, we did manage to get a small bit of sightseeing in as well.
A cruise through Millennium Park
A visit to the Art Institute is a must.
My favorite piece from the museum, naturally a depiction of an extravagant feast on luxurious linens.
The Navy Pier overlooking icy Lake Michigan
Signature Lounge, top of the Hancock Building 95th Floor. Warning: The interior of this bar will make you feel like you've just walked into a Bill Cosby sweater from the late 80s but the view is worth a glass of bubbly. Although, one drink was about all I could stand, the height was a bit unsettling for me.
- More to come, next up: food