Chicago: A&M Style

A few weeks ago we came down with a bit of cabin fever and got it in our heads that a weekend getaway was the only cure. Chicago became our destination for the weekend of the 19th and we’ve finally recovered enough to tell you all about our 48 hours of fun.


Room 1618 of Hotel Palomar – we can’t say enough great things about this hotel and Kimpton hotels in general.


Our view Friday night as we got in and got ready to go out.


Animal-printed robes kept us cozy while getting ready.


Then we were off to Pops for Champagne where we enjoyed the most effervescent drinks we’ve ever tasted.


Saturday morning we started out early with a hearty breakfast at Pierrot Gourmet, a darling European style cafe/wine bar in The Peninsula hotel.

From there we headed to the Museum of Science & Industry where our favorite exhibits included baby chicks and a German U-Boat.




Then it was time to shop. We (of course) made a stop into Zara on Michigan Ave and checked out a few other stores before hopping into a cab and heading to the Armitage & Halstead area. There our favorite stores were Langford Market which reminded us of Francesca’s, Lori’s Shoes where Ashley found her favorite boots for nearly half off, and  Second Time Around, a consignment shop featuring higher-end brands and designer and luxury clothing and accessories.


After a few minutes of browsing, Maureen pulled this off a rack:


The heavenly glow is fitting, isn’t it?

A few minutes of hemming and hawing and a 30% discount later, Maureen walked out happy as a clam with a new vintage coat (based on some quick searching online we place this from around the early 1990s).

Soon we were headed back to the Palomar to get ready for dinner and enjoy our complimentary bottle of wine (it pays to follow Kimpton hotels on social media; pay attention to their secret passwords each month – for January it was “snowflake”).


After an extremely delicious meal at avec, we were full and happy.


But there’s always room for dessert.


And there’s definitely always rooms for cocktails, so we bounced over to Aviary to meet our friend Anne and catch up over their craft cocktails. We each settled on trying a 3-drink flight with Ashley and Anne ordering the same thing and Maureen letting our server select her orders. Then the fun started.


Sunday morning we enjoyed brunch at Hub 51 before catching a performance of the funniest and most offensive musical either of us has ever seen (review of opening night of the Minneapolis tour coming soon).


Then, sadly, it was time to head to the airport and get ready to return to real life where we are already thinking about our next trip (Cape Cod, anyone?).

– A&M


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