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
- Clean amenities ** very important
- Friendly Staff
- Central location
- Great neighborhood
- Free breakfast
- Pretty terrace & common space
- 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