Where to Stay

When it comes to travel I always think it's important to come as close to the local experience as possible.  Chicago has A LOT to offer- and it's hard to capture the essence of this place without splitting your lodging options into 2: one in a more residential part of town, and one in the city.  

To escape the city: 

For those of you looking to connect with other solo travelers and aren't afraid to get comfortable with strangers, a hostel is a great option.  One of my favorites is the Getaway Hostel- located in the Park West/Lincoln Park area.  Not only is it situated near some of my favorite coffee shops & restaurants- it's not too far from a great nightlife scene on Damen Avenue, or Wicker Park. 

  • Reasons to love
  1. Clean amenities ** very important 
  2. Friendly Staff
  3. Central location
  4. Great neighborhood
  5. Free breakfast
  6. Pretty terrace & common space
  7. Computers & free wifi 

My second option is for all my hipster friends:  Longman & Eagle located in Logan Square.  This hot spot is complete with a restaurant serving farm-to-table fare with high quality ingredients, great whiskey & craft cocktails. 

Reasons to love:

  • Downstairs you'll find a restaurant serving dishes made with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients
  • Every square inch of this place is so instagrammable 
  • Their motto is "eat, sleep, whiskey"
  • Craft cocktails are to die for

When you want to experience the city:  

A Chicago visit isn't complete without being able to experience all the action by the Loop- where you'll find some of the best restaurants, rooftop bars, lounges, comedy clubs and more.  I decided to stay at Chicago's leading sustainable luxury hotel: The Radisson Blu Aqua. This place is so great, it deserves it's own blog post: CLICK HERE