Travel Guide: Chicago


Since my brother moved to the Chicago area several years ago, it’s become one of my favorite places to travel to. The flight from Little Rock is so quick, making it an easy trip, and one I really enjoy. Now that I’ve traveled to the area several times, I thought it would be fun to put together a little travel guide of some of my favorite museums, coffee shops, and other fun things–

plus it’s an excuse to share way too many photos from my most recent trip!


The Art Institute of Chicago is one of my personal favorite art museums, and for me, it’s just as enjoyable as some of the great museums of Europe! The collection of Impressionist artwork is stunning, and I love to spend an afternoon pursuing works by Monet, Degas, and Van Gogh. Another fun aspect of The Art Institute is their miniatures gallery. This gallery displays tiny copies of beautiful rooms that are incredibly intricate and detailed, and sure to spark some interior design inspiration.

The Field Museum is something fun and different, and if you love fossils, this is the place for you. You can walk among dinosaur skeletons, and visit an ancient Egyptian tomb. When I visited recently, school musical ensembles were performing which gave such a lovely atmosphere to the museum. field-museum-chicago



Whenever I travel, I love to visit local coffee shops. It’s a great way to get a feel for a new city, and a yummy coffee drink is always welcome after a long day of walking. Pickwick Coffee was recommended to me on Instagram by the lovely Jen of Affecionada, and it is so good! Pickwick serves delicious organic coffee, and is housed in a beautiful old building, built in 1878. I ordered a vanilla latte, and it was top notch.

Over in Evanston, about a 20 minute train ride, I love Patisserie Coralie. This darling French pastry shop makes the best almond croissant, and some pretty mean coffee as well. The decor in this shop is beautiful featuring black marble tables, a old fashioned tin ceiling, and crystal chandeliers.








Chicago is full of great places to shop, and one of my favorites for unique souvenirs is P.O.S.H. This shop curates vintage and vintage reproduction glassware, and is the maker of one of my favorite mugs, the Chicago diner mug. The vintage pieces are so fun to peruse, and a vintage repro souvenir mug makes a much better gift than your average Starbucks option.

Foursided is an adorable shop filled with fun stationary, candles, and locally made goods. They also offer vintage pieces, and I particularly love the kitschy Chicago souvenirs from days gone by.




While you’re in the city, you may want to see it from above. My favorite place to do that is the John Hancock Center. You can visit the observation deck, or head to The Signature Room/Lounge for dinner or drinks. For a friend’s birthday one year we had dinner in the Signature Room, and it’s one of my favorite memories of the city– you just can’t beat the view!

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I’d love to head any of your favorite spots in Chicago! I’m always looking for new recommendations to add to my list!


3 thoughts on “Travel Guide: Chicago

  1. I’ve been to downtown Chicago once. In the December vacation, yeah, not a good time, but my sister was in school in person (while I was online). We were freezing and the streets were packed solid. We wanted to ice skate but that was crowded. The aquarium had lines wrapped around the building so that was a no go. I think we went to the Hancock observatory. We also went to the art museum although most of us aren’t really museum people and were LONG ready before mom was, BUT I bought one of my favorite pair of earrings in the gift shop, and I’ve been meaning to buy from that company at some point again (dConstruct). We visited the American Girl store. We also walked around the lake (thankfully not that many people) although it was still freezing. Obviously that wasn’t the best experience, and I’d like to go back at a better time and with more time.

    We didn’t try pizza or hot dogs either that time, but when we visited friends in the Chicago area this year, we ate at Aurelio’s Pizza for lunch and Beggar’s Pizza for supper. Dad didn’t want us to go in the downtown area this trip though.

  2. So happy you stopped by and enjoyed Pickwick! Thank you for the sweet mention! 🙂 Love the shot of the coffee sign. You captured Chicago so beautifully! My boyfriend grew up in Illinois and his family still live in the area so we visit often. It has quickly become one of my favorite cities. xx

    Jen | affecionada

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