ANNIVERSARY STAYCATION

There’s no better way to explore your own city than to enjoy a staycation here and there. There are always new hotels and restaurants popping up; and even if there aren’t, you can always make stops at your favorite places. We spent our anniversary this year with a staycation at the beautiful Gwen hotel, had […]

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COCHON555 HERITAGE BBQ

If you follow this site, or my social media, you’ll know that one of my (two) favorite food events in Chicago every year is COCHON555. The full-on event is in the Spring (see recap here), and in late summer/early fall the team hosts HERITAGE BBQ. Heritage BBQ is a culinary competition featuring five chefs cooking […]

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DANA HOTEL & SPA | STAYCATION

This summer seems to be flying by! It’s been so busy and fun, but sometimes you need a little break. If you can’t fit a full getaway in, do what I do and enjoy a quick STAYCATION right where you live! Staycations are great for many reasons, but mostly because: I can check out hotels around the […]

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JAMAICAN STAYCATION

The temperatures are anywhere from 5F to 35F these days, dusted with snow or a touch of blistery cold winds. Sounds lovely, right? Winters in Chicago can really take a toll on your good spirits, and while it’s easy to just hibernate {read: chibernate} until the Spring, why not get creative and do something fun […]

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SHANGHAI TERRACE

One of my besties, Michelle, has raved about the Peking Duck at Shanghai Terrace for months. While I love Peking duck, I hadn’t been to this restaurant before. So thanks to her, I finally got to experience the wonderful coziness (and deliciousness) that is the Shanghai Terrace for a belated bday dinner.  I had been […]

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