Call this post images of Chicago part 2. You can read images of Chicago part 1 here. For anyone inspired to visit our fair city I have put together some recommendations for where to eat, stay and shop during your Chicago getaway.
Before I was a resident of Chicago, I was a tourist. I lived in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – a quiet town just outside of Detroit. Our quaint suburb was a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the big city and we loved visiting Chicago on long holiday weekends to take in the sights and sounds. Our pilgrimage to the Windy City became a yearly ritual. We rose before the sun to prepare for the five-hour journey. Our first stop was always Bukhara, a delightful Indian restaurant downtown. While the restaurant is long-gone, our memories of the fabulous Indian food still live on.
After a scrumptious lunch, we made our way to one of our favorite hotels. We switched between the Sofitel, the Marriott, and the Peninsula. Once we established our home base for the weekend, we were free to wander the city exploring tasty eateries, eyeing the latest fashion trends, windowshopping, and enjoying the electric energy Chicago offers.
Mother’s Day is May 10th. You have most likely already organized the “spend time with mom and show her you love her activity”. Brunch, flowers, breakfast in bed, craft project gifts, spa treatments – whatever you have planned, make some time during this Mother’s Day weekend to make and give mom this cake, it is a Victoria Sponge cake and it is a guaranteed winner.
In the residential western suburb of downtown Chicago is the neighborhood of Oak Park, which is home to the house and studio of one of America’s greatest Architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. I took a walking tour of the house recently, and my first impression on seeing the outside of the house is that it looked like any other suburban house.
It is easy to forget that the house was built in 1889 and that the design was revolutionary for it’s time. Frank LLoyd Wright’s ideas are so embedded in architecture that the open, light filled floor plans that are prevalent in almost all home designs today were new during the late 19th century – up until then, the Victorian style of individual box rooms were how most homes were designed and built.