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Hip hotels, eats, shops, and spas for girls' weekend?

An old college sorority sister and I are meeting up in Chicago for a girls' weekend in the spring. We're thinking spas, good food, wine, shopping--you get the idea! We also need a good hotel--something in the mid-level price range would be good and something a little on the hip side would be nice. Thanks!

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  • Jillian Geer

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    Girls weekends in Chicago are so. much. fun.

    First things first, where to stay. For a boutique hotel option, my top recommendation is Hotel Lincoln - A Joie de Vivre Hotel in Lincoln Park. It's probably one of the more hipster hotels in the city, and has a rooftop bar called The J. Parker with great atmosphere and views.

    It's also in walking distance from Old Town where you will want to head to Wells Street for some tasty eats and shopping. When you're there, try Kamehachi for sushi and Benchmark for good bar food (the chesse stuffed pretzels are out of this world), atmosphere (good looking men, just sayin!) and drinks. Lookout for the bartender Gus, he's super nice.

    For a pricier hip option, go with the The James Chicago Hotel . It's the kind of place that Adam Levine from Maroon 5 stays if you know what I mean. In a good way. It's hip, clean, and in the perfect location.

    My favorite place to spa it up is the spa at the The Peninsula Chicago . It's pretty expensive, however. A more economical place for massages I recommend is Spa Forever in Bucktown. Great food and boutique shopping in this area as well, so you could do some shopping before or after! Try Tangerine for boutique clothes, and The Goddess And Grocer for some fresh salads.

    If you ladies are foodies, try to get a reservation at Girl & the Goat for dinner. Plan now as this place books up.

    For fun atmosphere for a girls night, go with Nellcôte . If you have to wait, be sure to walk behind and get some bubbly at RM Champagne Salon .

    Have an amazing time!


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      Amazing! Haven't even checked in with my girl yet, but I went ahead made made Girl and the Goat reservations! Can't wait to check out the rest of these places. Thank you so much Jillian!!! :) · (1 likelikes)

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  • Tommy Hayes

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    Welcome to the heart of a big city, I'd stay at the Acme Hotel Company Chicago , the cost + hip + locale = fabulous. Don't be scared at the name they had an overhaul a year ago and is one of the trendiest price friendly places in the city.

    In regard to spas, well you are three blocks away from 5 or 6 different Spas. The Peninsula Spa spa is three blocks away, with The Spa by Asha at The James Hotel Chicago and Dana hotel and spa very close.

    Oh you like to shop? Well Rush Street and Michigan Avenue are steps away. You probably will want to bring an empty suitcase, since you're so close to these places.

    Since you're coming in spring the weather is a roll of the dice. But going out to eat will be spectacular in this location. Right near the Acme Hotel is the new Eataly Chicago it is Mario Batali's playground of Italian food, wine, and chocolate. If you ladies are complete foodies then Tanta Chicago must be on your list, it is three blocks away. This new spot from world famous chef Gaston Acurio mixes authentic Peruvian dishes with a casual setting. But if it's nice and warm out you have to go to Homestead located in Ukrainian Village it has a wonderful rooftop, with a farm to table menu.

    For some great Chicago guilty pleasure/ hungover locale foods, go to the Billy Goat Tavern for some cheeseburgers or Portillo's Hot Dogs .


    When you ladies want to go out you can start off in your own hotel bar at The Berkshire Room , one of the trendiest bars in Chicago. If you'd like some uniquely made cocktails with awesome atmosphere head over to Three Dots and a Dash . If you ladies want to going dancing and partying out on the town I'd suggest American Junkie , The Underground , Bub City if you like country music, or Studio Paris .


    For brunch I'd suggest Bongo Room on Wabash. Should be a shorter line than the one in Wicker Park, only a ten dollar cab ride from the Acme Hotel. The menu includes things like Carrot Cake pancakes, Four berry brioche french toast, and organic breakfast burritos.


    Sorry some of the locales don't have links, I promise they exist, they might be to hip for trippy to identify yet. Have F---U---N!

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    • Debbie L.

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      Wow, Tommy, this is some of the best advice I've ever seen a guy give for a girls' weekend! I think I'm going to have to steal this itinerary for when I'm there next :P Thanks for sharing! · (0 likelikes)

    • Courtney R.

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      Great answer--you know your spas!!! · (0 likelikes)

    • Jillian G.

      Jillian G.

      Solid answer! I had my going away party at Berkshire Room this summer when I moved from Chicago to LA. :) Do you know Johnny at Berkshire? He used to be at GT Fish & Oyster, but moved over to Berkshire when it opened. He makes the best drinks in all of Chicago IMO! Acme really is a great spot. · (0 likelikes)

    • Bianca S.

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      Oh snap! Thank you Tommy! So much to do in so little time! Can. Not. Wait! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Juan Medina

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    Hotel Felix Chicago in the near north is an amazing boutique hotel.

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      Cool! Thanks Juan! · (0 likelikes)

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      Totally agree, great spot! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Joseph Brown

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    Check out Mana Food Bar for amazing vegetarian food.

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      this place looks awesome. will have to check it out when I'm back home. thanks! · (1 likelikes)

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      Thank you Joseph!!! · (1 likelikes)

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  • Ann Hofferberth

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    My favorite Hotel is The Whitehall Hotel for moderate. because it across the street from the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, I would go over there for the best High tea and the BEST massage....but sleep at my moderate hotel. In addition you are near the RL my favorite restaurant for lunch or dinner. It is the restaurant RL - Ralph Lauren Restaurant store. Make sure to get champagne trufflers, the best Teuscher Chocolate-Switzerland

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      Fabulous Ann! Thank you so much! Yum chocolate! :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Michael Dalesandro

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    Bianca - A new fantastic hotel located in the heart of Chicago is the Thompson Chicago If your looking for an all in one hotel I would try the Waldorf Astoria Chicago or the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago .

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      GREAT call on The Thompson. Was just there and also ate at Nico. Yum. · (0 likelikes)

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      Thank you Michael! · (0 likelikes)

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    You have to try Vermilion for dinner one night. Great food (Latin American and Indian fusion) and great atmosphere (hip, beautiful b&w of Indian women). My favorite dishes are duck vindaloo arepas, tandoori skirt steak. And you have to try the cardamom saffron creme cocktail. It's like sex in a martini glass!

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      Thanks Tara! That's a very interesting fusion and that cocktail sounds amazing! · (0 likelikes)

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  • JJ D

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    Sounds like the W Hotel (Lake Shore) is a good candidate for what you're looking for. The rooms are spacious and some has a beautiful view of the water. Four blocks west will put you on Michigan Avenue , where there are endless rows of shops, both designer and high street.

    As for food, if your group likes Spanish Tapas, Cafe Iberico is a fantastic authentic place. However, they don't take reservation unless your party size is 8 or more, so go early if you can because the line tend to get long. Their Sangria is delicious! Frontera Grill , aka Rick Bayless's creation, is another wonderful place to have a meal. You do need to book several weeks in advance; Prosecco is a good Italian place with a nice wine list, since you are looking for a wine bar also. At last, you can't leave Chicago without getting a Deep Dish pizza. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria (tho touristy) is the place to go for that. All these places are walkable from the W (should you choose to stay there) if you don't mind some exercise, otherwise a quick cab ride away.

    Hope this helped. Have a great time in Chicago!

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      omg Jin. I'm a food girl and all of these sound amazing! I can't wait to check these places out. Thank you! · (0 likelikes)

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    Try the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile at 540 N. Michigan Avenue. Great location!

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      Thanks Sally! · (0 likelikes)

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    i stayed at this hostel last year and it was amazing. if you don't like dorms check out how cheap their private rooms are! IHSP Chicago Hostel

    http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/IHSP-Chicago-Hostel-at-Damen-CTA/Chicago/57277?dateFrom=2014-04-11&dateTo=2014-04-14&sc_sau=avdc&sc_pos=5

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