We’re big fans of Chicago for many reasons, but mostly because it’s one of those places that never fails to inspire. How is it that a city that is not New York City can have so much style?! Just kidding – but not entirely.
In addition to loving the style of the city, we’re also going to be spending quite a bit of time there this summer because we have designed and furnished the spec apartment in Related Midwest’s newest luxury apartment complex, The Landmark West Loop. (Stay tuned for more on that!)
Since Shelby, our Head of Design, spent several years in Chicago, I picked her brain for her top go-to spots for a great day in the Windy City.
This list of stores had us searching for flights to Chicago, kid you not. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, wedding gifts for friends, or a pick-me-up just for you, these are sure to have exactly what you’re looking for.
Jayson Home – Impeccably curated shop of both modern and vintage furniture
Interior Define – Modern upholstery shop in Lincoln Park (and Havenly vendor!)
Humboldt House – Vintage shop with lots of mid-century modern finds
Salvage One – Large showroom of salvaged artifacts that doubles as an event space
Brimfield – Repurposed furniture and decor store with a cabin-like feel
What to Do
Really, what you do in Chicago in the summer is: enjoy the beautiful outdoors, the art and, of course, the food. So, don’t overwhelm yourself with too many activities–as long as you’re outside as much as you can be, you’re soaking in the summer scene of Chicago.
Where to Drink
Soho House – Hip social club in the West Loop with a beautifully designed lobby and bar that’s open to the public
Where to Eat
We all know that Chicago is known for its delicious food. It would take several trips to really take a bite of the Chicago food scene (pun FTW). So, do yourself a favor and start with the list below.
RH 3 Arts Club – A RH with a bar and dining experience in an amazing courtyard
Where to Stay
With the endless fun activities on your itinerary, you need a cool (and comfortable) place to rest your head at night. Here are a few of our faves.
Also, Chicago is really, really humid in the summer so just mentally prepare for big hair and a lil’ sweat. It’s worth it, though, we promise.