For my Chicago must eat’s I forgo the well known Chicago foods that everyone already knows to try— deep dish pizza, Chicago style hotdogs, and Garrett popcorn.
There are a few things I look for when searching for places to eat. Is the food something I’ll actually want to eat? Do the locals like it? and Is it aesthetically pleasing? I found these delicious spots through hours of Instagram, Pinterest, and Yelp searches.
Obviously, the food is the most important part. A cute flatlay of food doesn’t mean sh*t if the food is mediocre. But as a blogger and as an annoying girly girl lol I still appreciate aesthetically pleasing food and ambiance.
I loved each of these places for many reasons and differences. Some places the star of the show was the food, some had incredible ambiance, some satisfied my sweet tooth— the best of the best did all three.
DISCLAIMER: Joleen and I can eat and we can eat a lot. It might seem like we were eating 90% of this trip. That’s because we were LOL
My body is currently in post trip recovery mode.
Sadly we didn’t have the chance to try out many breakfast places because we were always still full from dinner the night before. SMH honestly.
But we did make an AMAZING choice with our one breakfast spot, Maison Marcel.
This place is located a little further out from down town Chicago, about 15 to 20 minutes cab drive during morning traffic.
The decor is incredible from the moment you walk in. Everything is simple with marble, dark wood, and plants. I was absolutely obsessed with the ambiance. It was so Tumblr/ Pinterest inspired.
I personally like to balance my meals through out the day if i know I’m going to have a heavier meal later on. (This trip wasn’t really balanced, but I had to mix in some healthy foods with all the savory food I was eating.)
We both ordered the avocado toast with poached eggs and breakfast sweet potatoes. SO yummy. The portions were so huge we could’ve shared one!
Maison Marcel is also a french bakery so of course we ordered macaroons to go.
Fig and Olive
Fig and Olive is the definition of a trendy lunch spot. Immediately when I walked in I was attracted to the marble, the views from the terrace, and the furniture.
Of course I had to snap a pic for the gram 😉
Joleen and I both ordered the same things again lol Same salad, same cocktail.
Normally I’m repulsed by arugula. But I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious this salad was! The dressing completely masked the harshness of the arugula and paired perfectly with the salmon and shrimp.
We also shared a beautiful plate of crostinis— all different toppings so that we could try them all. I can never say no to cheese and meat.
3 Arts Club Cafe at Restoration Hardware
3 Arts is definitely a place to go for the atmosphere.
I’m not sure if this is a place I’d ever take my boyfriend. But, it’s a gorgeous place to go with girlfriends.
I’m obsessed with meat and cheese so I loved the charcuterie board. We ordered the cheese platter and the prosciutto platter and had them combine the two into one.
The food is kind of expensive for the portions. I suggest coming here for a glass of wine and a salad or even to share a charcuterie board like we did.
Like I said the ambiance is what makes this place. Of course the cafe is covered in marble so I fell in love quickly. It also had a beautiful fountain in the center of the dining area, brick walls, greenery, and white and gray decor— vibes. It really felt like we were having lunch in a fabulous garden!
There is no denying that I chose RPM Italian because it was a concept by Guliana Rancic and Bill Rancic.
I love Guliana and Bill because they’re the cutest power couple ever! I used to watch their show, remembered they owned a restaurant in Chicago, and knew I had to go there.
There are two RPM restaurants— RPM Italian and RPM Steakhouse. We chose Italian— carbs are life, duh.
This restaurant is amazing from the atmosphere to the dinner to the dessert. We ordered plenty of meat and cheese, rosé, gnocchi, lobster ravioli, and three desserts.
DO NOT SKIP THE HAZELNUT TARTUFO— think Ferro Rocher ice cream.
I’m honestly laughing at how much we over order lol but we like to try everything! The struggle is real.
Margeaux Brasserie in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel
If you get the chance to visit the Waldorf Astoria hotel don’t pass it up. The Margeaux is located inside the gorgeous hotel and it is magical.
I’ve never actually eaten French food before and I was kind of nervous about it but Margeaux is a restaurant by Michael Mina so I trusted that it would be nothing short of amazing.
And it was. We ordered savory appetizers to start— bone marrow and foie gras. If you’ve never tried either of these don’t ask your server what it is LOL Just try it. Trust me.
Joleen and I both ordered the dry aged duck. I’ve had dry aged steaks before (DK Steakhouse my favorite restaurant ever does it best ) but have never heard of dry aged duck. No surprise, dry aging duck is no different than steak.
Unfortunately my trip to Chicago was short but, it was definitely sweet! 🙂
I’m a sucker for ice cream and gelato. This ice cream was almost to pretty to eat… Almost.
The rose shaped gelato is sculpted by the order. You can choose as many flavors as you want and choose any flavored macaroon you want on top. I went with dark chocolate, hazelnut, and berry cheesecake flavored gelatos with a rasberry macaroon.
The best part is that the gelato is as good as it looks. Rich, creamy, and pretty, it’s my dream dessert place. I miss rose shaped gelato so much 🙁
There’s no better way to start your morning than eating donuts at the park.
We stopped at Stan’s donuts to sample a bunch. They had yummy flavors like— strawberry, vanilla sprinkles, chocolate peanut butter, and a variety of old-fashioned flavors. I’m an old-fashioned donut girl so those were my favorite.
If you’re in Chicago of course you should try the basics: pizza, hot dogs, and popcorn.
For the rest of your stay in Chicago whether you want to munch on avo toast, splurge on a nice Italian dinner, or satisfy your sweet tooth, these are the places to go.
A Whole Lotta Love,