The Ultimate Chicago List – In Progress!


Sometimes you live in an incredible city but are so caught up in the daily grind that you forget to take advantage of all it offers. I’ve certainly been guilty of this and am determined not to let it happen in Chicago. To make the most of my first year in the Midwest I’ve begun a list of things I’d like to experience in 2015. I ran the list by a couple of local girlfriends and they added their two cents. Now I’m turning to you, dear readers, what are we missing…? Who makes the best pizza? Where do I get one of these ketchup-less hot dogs? Who throws a great dance party? Best spa for recuperating from said dance party? I can’t wait to print the final list and post it on my fridge (nerd alert). Life is short–time to explore.

1. Take an architectural boat tour
2. Attend a lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago
3. Visit the sea otters at Shedd Aquarium
4. Say hi to Sue the T-Rex at the Field Museum
5. Attend a talk at the Museum of Contemporary Art
6. Visit the National Museum of Mexican Art
7. Visit an exhibition at the Arts Club of Chicago
8. Tour the solar system at the Adler Planetarium
9. Visit the Lincoln Park Conservatory
10. Visit the Garfield Park Conservatory
11. Greet the giraffes at the Lincoln Park Zoo
12. Dine at Girl & the Goat
13. Dine at Longman & Eagle
14. Margaritas and tacos at Big Star
15. Sip a ‘Go Go Bordello’ at The Violet Hour
16. Cheer for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field
17. Cheer for the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field
18. Cheer for the Blackhawks at the United Center
19. Cheer for the Chicago Bulls at the United Center
20. See a performance by the Joffrey Ballet
21. See a concert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
22. See a performance by the Lyric Opera of Chicago
23. Have a summer concert picnic at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion
24. Drinks and jazz at The Green Mill
25. Drinks and blues at Kingston Mines
26. Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio
27. Tour the Robie House
29. Go on a Saturday galleries tour in River North
30. Drinks at the Signature Room in the Hancock Tower
31. Visit the Skydeck in the Willis (Sears) Tower
32. Go antiquing at the Randolph Street Market
33. Get a tan on a Lake Michigan beach
34. Ride bikes along the lakeshore
35. Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden

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Home Sweet Home


I can’t help myself–since signing my lease I have decorating on the brain. Some fun, new pieces on my wish list:

1. Metallic Pillow – a statement pillow for a total steal… // 2. Surya Light Gold Wall Mirror – love the sharp angles of this modern mirror… // 3. Flynn Table Lamp – so sleek, equally enamored with the floor lamp version… // 5. Woven Seagrass Basket – never underestimate a handsome basket, they hide a multitude of clutter-sins. Into the leather detail on the handle… // 6. Parisian Bar Cart – seriously elegant and available in an equally chic black version… //


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My Future Bed






I have been dreaming of simple, chic all-white bedding lately and today I pulled the trigger on a new set of linens for my future Chicago pad. I went with Pottery Barn and ordered the PB Essential Duvet, sheet set, and euro shams. I checked them out in the store a few weeks ago and they’re so yummy and soft. I have a grey tufted headboard in storage that I can’t wait to unpack and the fine folks at Casper are sending me a queen mattress. I’ve heard rave reviews (they ship in a box, how handy is that?) and can’t wait to give it a try. Last but not least, I’ll need a great throw at the foot of the bed—faux fur, cashmere? Let me know your thoughts. Above is a handful of images that inspired my future crisp white spread—and now, I could use a nap. 

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her


Being that Alfred is my Valentine this year the only gift I will be receiving is pug cuddles, but for those of you lucky ladies that have a special someone I thought we ought to brainstorm some ideas. Above are some fun things you may want to hint at (wink, wink, nudge, nudge…) or if you’re in my boat, treat yourself!

1. Kiss Kiss Leather Paperweight – for your bedside table… // 2. Kiss Me Stud Earrings – because why beat around the bush…? // 3. Jo Malone Red Roses Bath Oil – because you deserve a bubble bath… // 4. Love Poems by Pablo Neruda – they’ll make you melt… // 5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Baker Watch – classic and chic… // 6.Diptyque ‘Roses’ Scented Candle – I have one and it smells heavenly… // 7. Marysia Swim Bandeau Scallop Bikini – for your next tropical getaway… // 8. Pearl Sandals – because someday it will be spring again… // 9. Bunny Ears by Miyuki Ohashi – a flirtatious art print by my favorite Japanese fashion illustrator… //


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