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.
Back in January this year, my husband and I were having dinner with some really good friends, when suddenly my husband suggested “why not go to Nico’s next time”. My immediate response was “what is the occasion” collectively, there was a united response of “why do we need an occasion”. Everyone was right of course. Now and again it is not only fun but healthy and necessary to get a little dressed up and go out for a fun night to one of the best restaurants in the city of Chicago. I realized a specific occasion was not necessary. The desire to be together, enjoy each others company with great food and drink in a fantastic environment is the occasion.