Friday, April 27

A Guide To Chicago

I'm off to Chicago for a fun filled Bachelorette party weekend with a few of my college girlfriends.
In my place today we have Liz from Sequins & Stripes {a Chicago native + my college roommate} sharing her "Guide To Chicago"!



Hello ES readers, it's Liz from the fashion + style blog, Sequins & Stripes, and I am thrilled to be covering for Amanda today while she is en-route to Chicago! Woo hoo! For those of you who didn't know, Amanda and I went to college together, were in the same sorority, and were roommates for two years. This weekend our sorority sister is celebrating her bachelorette in lovely Chicago so Amanda thought what better way to ring in the weekend than with a little Chicago guide of a few of my favorite things to do in the windy city!

I live in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago, which is just one mile north of The Magnificent Mile, city shopping, the Chicago River, and the loop. I love LP for its residential neighborhoods, hole in the wall bars, dog parks, cozy restaurants, boutique shopping and quaint cafes. 

I have lived in Chicago my entire life {aside from my college years at Ohio State :)}. I grew up in the western suburbs and moved downtown the summer after I graduated. My field trips in grade school consisted of architectural boat rides along the Chicago River so I have always had a fond appreciation of our beautiful architecture and skyline.

Ask anyone you know from Chicago and I can promise that they will tell you that nothing beats a Chicago summer. My weekends typically consist of brunch here, shopping at the Green City Market, hitting the beach with friends, and dining al fresco at night.  I am already dreaming of a few summer soiree's in the making.

I highly recommend all of you making a trip to Chicago, especially if you never have, and stop by a few of my favorites:

I hope you enjoyed a few of my Chicago favorites! Don't forget to stop by Sequins & Stripes to find daily inspiration for a styled life {and a peak into my life in Chicago!}. Amanda, can't wait to see you in a few short hours! xo


After this I sure am excited to be in Chicago!
A HUGE thank you to Liz for stopping by today.
See you soon! xoxo


  1. Awww...Have so much fun getting rowdy! BIG fan of Girl and the Goat. Yum!

  2. I am so excited to test out these tips. I am moving to Chicago from San Diego next month and can't wait to explore my new city :)

  3. How fun that you two were roomies!! Love that! Have fun in Chi Town!

  4. Besides Perchance, all the shops you list are chains! There are so many amazing independent boutiques in Chicago to publicize!! When you go to a new place, you should explore the LOCAL offerings. I would recommend going to Armitage Ave. in Lincoln Park and Old Town; Milwaukee Ave. in Bucktown and Wicker Park; and the area near the intersection of Belmont and Clark for amazing shopping.