Our Favorite Places in Chicago

Our Favorite Places in Chicago | Hannah & Husband

Our first trip to Chicago was a year or two after we got married for a conference in mid-December. Windows were filled with colorful displays, there were brass bands playing outside the department stores, and–my favorite feature–when it snowed, the flakes would get caught up in the wind between tall buildings and make you feel like you were in a snow globe. It was heaven for my small-town, Southern self. We’ve come for the annual Chicago Brass concert, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (when they turn the river green), and we’ve seen more than our fair share of Sinatra-worthy destinations (cue the music). So today, I wanted to share a few of our favorite places in Chicago with you!

Cocktails at the Rhapsody, Our Favorite Places in Chicago | Hannah & Husband

The Chicago Symphony

The CSO is amazing, but, more specifically, their brass section is world-reknown. If you ever have a chance to go to a performance, grab drinks at the Rhapsody downstairs (pictured above) and then arrive early enough to bask in the ornate details of symphony hall.

the Berghoff, Our Favorite Places in Chicago | Hannah & Husband

Note: I have more than a couple pictures of this sign, but this one is my favorite because: *SNOW*

The Berghoff

The food in Chicago cannot be emphasized enough. The Berghoff is close to our favorite place hotel and offers the best German comfort food around. I’ve started recreating their apple + onion soup at home and am a big fan of the house root beer.

Other places we love to dine:

Yoshi’s: Yoshi’s is a staple in Boystown offering French-Japanese fusion. The staff has all been there for decades, and we love our annual visit. We actually went last Sunday night and missed seeing Yoshi’s wife who would say, “Bye, Tennessee! See you next year!” As it turns out, Yoshi actually passed that same night. There’s a tribute to the chef here.

Hugo’s Frog Bar: This one is connected to Gibsons’ steakhouse (They share a kitchen.), but we actually prefer their fare. You can get a slice of key lime 6 inches high with meringue, and we’ve seen a celebrity or two while sipping our bouillabaisse.

Sepia: This is chef Andrew Zimmerman’s place–a bit more modern than the others. It offers fare that is often experimental and rich. The interior is gorgeous, and the wine list expansive.

Millenium Park, Our Favorite Places in Chicago | Hannah & Husband

Art in Chicago

At some point, I would love to take a trip and just show you all of the amazing art in Chicago. Seriously, while the Art Institute of Chicago boasts an amazing collection, the whole city is full of opportunities to see art. There’s a Picasso Sculpture in Daley Plaza that dates back to the mid-1960s while Millennium Park is covered in beautiful pieces that are a bit more recent. There is a bandshell designed by Frank Gehry that is a bit too epic for words, and one of my favorite pieces is “Cloud Gate,” a giant, stainless steel, reflective bean designed by Anish Kapoor.

selfie at Cloud Gate, Our Favorite Places in Chicago | Hannah & Husband

That right there? That is a circa 2010 #tbt #selfie! We were taking awkward travel photos to share on Facebook before it was cool, guys. #winning

Also, if you ever get a chance to see any live comedy in the city, do it! One of the funniest people I know in real life taught at Second City and took us to an improv show on one of our trips. The smaller theaters are interesting too because you feel more like you’re in on the jokes.

The Palmer House

We have tried other hotels, but we still go back to the Palmer House each trip–even if it’s just for a cocktail or two. The lobby is breathtaking! If you’re there during the holidays, try to catch carolers as they stop for a song or two in the lobby.

Palmer House, Our Favorite Places in Chicago | Hannah & Husband

Do you love Chicago? What’s on your must see list?



Detroit airport | Hannah & Husband

The Detroit airport is epic. EPIC. Detroit is actually on my list of places to visit soon. But next time I want to see the city not just the airport.

*/cue Willie Nelson/* “On the road again…” This time, after a quick layover in Detroit that included rad views of planes like the one above, we are in Chicago. I love market season! I’ll be sharing some to the trends we’ve seen a bit later in the week, but today I just thought I’d share some snapshots from the last few days.

in-flight selfie | Hannah & Husband

In flight selfie–I am very easily entertained!

"Look Into My Dreams" by Jaume Plensa | Hannah & Husband

This Jaume Plensa sculpture brings a beautiful presence to Millennium Park. It’s called “Look Into My Dreams, Awilda” and stands 39 feet tall.

The Art Institute of Chicago | Hannah & Husband

I love visiting the Art Institute of Chicago! Their collection is pretty amazing. Favorites include: the Impressionist collection, American folk art, and the sculptures in the Modern Art wing

Hair Goals | Hannah & Husband

Portraits & busts of men from the early 1800s always make me think of Husband. #hairgoals

Sketching in the Plitzker Garden | Hannah & Husband

This time I spent some time doodling in the Pritzker Garden.

in The Art Institute of Chicago | Hannah & Husband


rosé at Roof | Hannah & Husband

I’ve also been indulging in very sparkly cocktail hours. Prosecco at the Palmer House, Rosé at Roof. (*Please note the quote on the menu.)

view from Roof | Hannah & Husband

The views from Roof were pretty unbelievable. If you look closely, you can see “Cloud Gate” and Millennium Park.

I’m off to do some more exploring! It’s going to be a very busy week so stay tuned.

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