Chicago Restaurant Guide 2017

Best Hotspot: Girl and the Goat

Description: One of the toughest reservations in town, make sure to book ahead. Brought to you by Stephanie Izard from Bravo’s top chef.
Location: West Loop

Best Burger: Au Cheval

Put an egg on it #eggsridehorseback 📷: @_plate

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Description: Hands down the best burger in town…maybe ever.
Location: West Loop

Best Lunch Spot: 3 Arts Cafe

Description: Located in the Restoration Hardware store you can shop around the 6 floor store while waiting for a table as it is first come first serve.
Location: Gold Coast

Best Shopping Break Lunch: Fred’s

Getting ready for #NYFW with some pizza and wine at the one and only Freds at Barneys. Come join us!

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Description: Located on the 6th floor of Barney’s, Fred’s offers a view of the Gold Coast and a nice break from shopping.
Location: Gold Coast

Best Instagrammable Restaurant: Hampton Social

ordered a glass of rosé just for this photo 🍷

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We've got sunshine on a rainy day ☀️☂️ // 📷: @sjennyu

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Description: Famous for its Rosé All Day neon sign, Hampton Social also does have great food. It’s take on a Hampton’s bar makes it feel like summer all year round. Food of choice here is the Lobster Roll.
Location: River North

Best View: Cindy’s

Sunny lunch under our glass dome ✨ Our rooftop is open year-round, rain or shine. 📷: @surrinart

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finally stayed in the Windy City for a weekend, you're welcome mom and dad 🌬🏙 @randibit @jbit7

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Description: Overlooking Millennium park you’ll get a great view of the Bean and downtown Chicago from this location.
Location: Loop

Best Cocktail & Bites: IO at the Godfrey

#Regram 📷: @junghakkang Weekend vibes 🙌🏼 #iogodfreyrooftop

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Happiness is… a sushi date 😊 🍣 #iogodfrey

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Hooray for #FriYAY! Celebrate the weekend with a visit to our rooftop tonight. #IOGodfrey

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Description: The view from this place is one of the favorites in the city. Great for meeting up for drinks maybe try one of their special pitchers, their sushi is also delicious.
Location: Gold Coast/River North

Best Sushi: Sunda

Description: Sunda has a great atmosphere all throughout the week. Although they have great sushi a personal favorite dish of mine is the Crispy Brussel Sprout Salad and a Lychee Martini to go with it.
Location: River North

Best Casual Sushi: Friends Sushi

9.3.17. Sushi at Friends with a dear friend 💗

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Description: Nice casual place for a quick eat or a gathering with friends. Also great for take out!
Location: Gold Coast

Best Chinese: Fun Fun Chinese

Description: Upscale Chinese restaurant with great decor.
Location: West Loop

Best Modern Italian: RMP Italian

Eat. Share. Repeat.

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Description: Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill opened this contemporary Italian restaurant in the heart of the lively River North area.
Location: River North

Best Authentic Italian: Club Lucky

Feeling lucky🍸 @clubluckychicago #chicago #lucky #cheers #prohibitiontour

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Description: This old-school Italian restaurant takes you back in time and be sure to ask your waiter for some stories while you’re there.
Location: Wicker Park

Best Casual Italian: Quartinos

Description: Quartino’s has a big outdoor patio and great lunch specials. Open late you can be sure that there will be people there at all times.
Location: River North/Gold Coast

Best Tacos: Big Star

It's Tuesday! You know what that means. ⭐️❤️🌮 #TacoTuesday #BigStarChicago #BigStarPatio

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Description: Great outdoor seating just a block away from the 6 corners. Note: it is CASH ONLY
Location: Wicker Park

Best Late Night Tacos: Velvet Taco

Love the tacos at velvet taco! So many unique flavors❤️ Where are the best tacos you've had recently? 📷: @allisonschaffer

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Description: Open til 4 am on Saturdays and Sundays not only are their tacos delicious but you must try their Tots and Red Velvet Cake.
Location: Gold Coast

Best Steakhouse: Chicago Cut

There's only one thing to do on the first day of Memorial Day Weekend!! #bestpatiochicago

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Description: Celebrities tend to frequent this restaurant located on the river. After dinner be sure to take a stroll on the River Walk.
Location: River North

Best Viagra Triangle Spot: Tavern on Rush

Summer loving had me a blast 🌝✨ #pationights #rushstreet

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Description: In the heart of the Gold Coast Tavern is a classic all around american restaurant.
Location: Gold Coast

Best Diner: Tempo (24 hours)

There's nothing like a nice light breakfast to get you motivated.

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Description: Come for breakfast or late night eats after the bars. Tempo is a 24 hour authentic diner with a Greek heritage. Try making your own scramble or one of my personal favorites the Greek Salad.
Location: Gold Coast

Other Restaurants I love: Sienna Tavern, Purple Pig, Summer House Santa Monica, Publican, Ema

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Discovery Ball

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Dress – Balmain

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I’m still shaking from the fact that I got to meet James Cordon!!! He is by far my favourite comedian and probably my favourite celebrity. He is absolutely hilarious and he did not let me down with his hosting and auctioning skills at the Discovery Ball this past weekend. The event Field Museum in Chicago and they raised $6 million in support of the American Cancer Society which was unbelievable. We got to hear from a cancer survivors who’s story was truly incredible. It was a wonderful event for a great cause and I would love to take some time away from the fashion on my blog for this post and for you to all donate to the American Cancer Society here.

Chunky Heel Necessities

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1. Chanel – Grosgrain Black

2. Stewart Weitzman – Pearlynude Heel

3. Alexander Wang – Abby Lucite Heel Clay Sandals

4. Miu Miu – Jewel Sandal

5. Valentino – Rockstud Cage Sandal

1. Chanel – Grosgrain Black

2. Stewart Weitzman – Pearlynude Heel

3. Alexander Wang – Abby Lucite Heel Clay Sandals

4. Miu Miu – Jewel Sandal

5. Valentino – Rockstud Cage Sandal

My Happy Place

Bikini: Solid & Striped (top) (bottom)

Cover Up: Missoni

I had the most amazing mother daughter trip this past weekend in St. Barth. I was able to trick my best friend in to thinking I couldn’t make the trip and then surprised her in the morning at the airport. It’s always great to have some mother daughter time along with my friends and their moms.

Rosé Necessities

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1. Fendi – Pink Cat Eye Sunglasses | 2. Amo – Pop Pink Denim Jacket |3. Velvet Caviar – Rosé All Day Phone Case |4. Laurence Dacade – Nelly Pink Lace Booties |5. Fleur du Mal – Platinum Rose Velvet Mini Slip Dress | 6. Fallon – Monarch Eye Dana Choker | 7. Whispering Angel | 8. Kylie Cosmetics – Charm Velvet Lip Kit | 9. Chloé – Drew Saddle Bag Pink | 10. Marysia – Mott Cut Out One Piece Swimsuit

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Spring has officially sprung and now its time for rosé all day! The Hampton Social in Chicago is one of my favorite places to go for some rosé with the girls, preferably some Whispering Angel. Side note: the lobster roll is a must try when you’re there.

St Barth Style

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Sunglasses: Chanel | Bikini: Dolce & Gabbana | Top: (similar) | Pants: Poupette St Barth (similar)

It’s safe to say my mom and I have the same taste from clothes to vacations. I can always count on her to have something I can borrow to make my outfit better. She is the queen of white beach clothes and the look I am wearing over my St. Barth bikini is all hers. Thanks mom! We spent our first and last days at Nikki Beach..which makes it even harder to leave when the party is just getting started there. Hope to see you again soon SB xoxo

Le Barthélemy

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Bikini – Kopper and Zink (top) (bottom)

This brand new hotel Le Barthélemy in St Barths is a dream. Their infinity pool looks out to the water of the same unreal color that you think only exists in movies. It just so happened that my bikini decided to match the hotels color scheme and I was definitely okay with that. If you are an avid Revolve shopper like I am, you may have noticed this was the hotel where they had their Revolve Around the World influencer gathering.

A Weekend in St. Barth

Thursday Night:

Bonito – If you’ve ever wanted an instagrammable drink that actually tastes delicious too Bonito is your place. Each drink has their own special presentation, my favorite being the Sex in the Bath that even comes with a little rubber ducky. And just like their drinks, their food is just as amazing. Bonito is great if you want really great food and it also has a great atmosphere. I usually hit this place up during the week because the other restaurants like Bagatelle and Le Ti are really fun on the weekends. If you want to continue your night after dinner, Skybar is right below and perfect for after dinner drinks.
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Top – Cinq à Sept

Friday Day:

Le Select – This is a great bar in the town of Gustavia if you want to just grab a beer, preferably a Carib. It’s very low key with delicious French fries and burgers. If there is a soccer, or should I say football, game on I highly recommend watching it here.

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Friday Night:

Le Ti – hidden away from the rest of the restaurants Le Ti is a must. Dancers provide you with burlesque entertainment throughout your meal and eventually the whole restaurant turns in to one big party.

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Saturday Day:

Cheval Blanc – If you want a more relaxed but very pretty lunch be sure to check out Cheval Blanc. It is still lively with a DJ and truly picturesque.

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Romper – Poupette St Barth | Purse – Celine

Saturday Night:

Bagatelle –You’ve never seen bottle service until you’ve gone to Bagatelle. With Magnum bottles or if you feel like ordering 6 personal bottles, your bottle will get the grand entrance it deserves. Whether it’s Superman flying through the crowd with your bottle or having it being rode in on a motorcycle it’s sure to be a show. Be sure to order the truffle pizza before you quickly end up on the table dancing.

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Dress – Fleur Du Mal | Shoes – Alexander Wang

Sunday Day:

Nikki Beach – There’s no party like a Nikki Beach Sunday day party. They go above and beyond for the theme of the week with decorations everywhere. Start off with a sushi boat and some rosé and before you know it you’ll be table dancing with the saxophone player. Although it is still pretty fun on Friday’s and Saturday’s if you’re going all the way to St. Barth you won’t want to miss the Sunday party.

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St. Barth Necessities

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1. Eugenia Kim – ‘You’re Blocking My Sun’ Sunhat

2. Orlebar Brown – St. Jean View

3. Ligne St. Barth – Moisturizing Body Lotion ‘Vanilla’

4. Louis Vuitton – St. Barth Neverfull (similar)

5. St. Barthélemy Bracelets

6. Louis Vuitton – The Party Sunglasses

7. Free in St Barth – Abby Burnout Zipless Hoodie – Aqua

Honorable mention: Dolce & Gabbana St Barth Collection only available on the island

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Palms & Pineapples

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pineapple print swimsuit: Onia | sunglasses: Chanel

I just got home to snowy Chicago after one of my best vacations yet in St. Barths. I can’t wait to share all my outfits and restaurant recommendations with you. We stayed in a villa provided by Wimco in Grand-Cul-de-Sac with the beach just steps away.

This was the first time I ever wore a one-piece and I have to say I may be switching to them more often. This one especially is very comfortable and easy to wear around the villa. I normally don’t wear one-piece because I want to get tan but I wore this when there was a little but of overcast so I didn’t feel like I was losing out on a tanning opportunity.