When you're used to a big city, it's nice to get away with just a short 3 hour drive. extra perks that its a city that know's how to make a pie. 


An alley tiki bar

435 N Clark St
(312) 610-4220

Literally what it sounds like - I was extra tickled by the touch of skulls throughout.


Perfect date spot for drinks

Pops for Champagne
601 N State St, Chicago, IL
(312) 266-7677

Impressive champagne list with a basement whiskey bar, Really cool atmosphere without being intimidating,


When you need a night cap…

Summer House Monica/Stella Barra - The Market
1954 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL
(773) 634-4100

The Market bakery is strategically stacked at the entrance of two popular Chicago restaurants. With cookies the size of your face, you can’t help but stop.


Where you can’t go wrong…OR want a special donut on the weekends…

Longman & Eagle
2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL
(773) 276-7110

This gem screams hipster vibes - but in all the right ways. A small indoor venue with outdoor patio seating, as well as an attached coffee shop. On the weekends, the offer limited flights of donuts…enough said.

For a fancy pie...

Dolce Italian
127 W. Huron St, Chicago, IL
(312) 754-0700

Splurge the extra couple dollars to get this za in “star” form, you may lose a little bit of crust but you gain in all things cheese.

For the most interesting ice cream cone...

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream
3404 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL
(773) 348-7139

Where flavor combinations that you would never even be able to make up in your dreams come true. Also take a look for these guys at your local grocery store - they usually hold a couple flavors…although they are a little pricey they are worth it for a special occasion


An Irish pub with great snacks

Fado’s Irish Pub
100 West Grand Avenue
(312) 836-0066

Dark Irish pub, with a solid whiskey selection as well as a solid selection of appetizers. Whether you want to go lighter with salmon bites & need something to soak up the booze with the extra large pretzel.

For the best meal of your life

Cafe Lucci
609 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, IL
(847) 729-2268

Hands down the best meal experience I’ve ever had - granted I went with some regulars who know the right people - but I have a feeling you can’t really go wrong at this establishment. Oh and if they’re serving their mushroom soup - you won’t want to miss out.


The best caffeine stop

Sawada Coffee
112 N Green St, Chicago
(312) 754-0431

Sawada has a handful of spots, but this one hits your needs for any time of the day or night. Personal favorite- the military matcha, and if you’re lucky grab a Doughnut Vault goodie.


When you want something on the healthier side…

Left Coast
2878 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
(773) 880-5338

When you need a little something fresh, Left Coast has a lot of options from wraps to all the basic b**** juices.


Burger of your dreams

Au Cheval
800 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL
(312) 929-4580

If you know you know,

For the best crispy crust deep dish...

Pequod's Pizza
2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL
(773) 327-1512

I’m not a deep dish kind of girl, but I’ll make an exception for this guy. Cheese crisp lovers? This place is for you,,,