Thursday, March 23, 2017

My Stay at The Langham, Chicago + My Travel Guide for the Windy City

Happy Thursday!! I hope everyone is having a great week, and cheers to the weekend being right around the corner.

I just got back from spending a week in the Midwest with my family and absolutely loved every minute of it - family time always goes by way too fast. We've always been spread out around the U.S., but as I get older, I really wish we all lived a lot closer to one another. It is hard always having to be a plane ride away, and I envy those families that are in the same city, or even the same state as one another. But, it does make you appreciate the time you have that much more! 

The vacation started with two fun filled days in Chicago with my sister, before heading home to Wisconsin. We stayed at The Langham, Chicago, which opened late last summer, and definitely lived up to it's five star rating. From deluxe accommodations with river front views, to their afternoon tea, and amazing spa with a 67 foot swimming pool, the hotel left no stone unturned. 

The location cannot be beat either. Whether you're there for work or pleasure, you're equally as close to the business district, as you are to the acclaimed Magnificent Mile. It's within 30 minutes of both of Chicago's airports, which also makes it easy and convenient. 

With a knowledgeable concierge on hand, he was able to tell my sister and I all we needed to know about the St. Patrick's Day celebrations, new store and exhibit openings, as well as getting us last minutes reservations at our favorite restaurant Hugo's Frog Bar (a must try)!

Having been to Chicago more times then I can count, here are some of my favorite things to do on any trip to the Windy City! 

Stroll through Millennium Park, and snap a pic in front of the Cloud Gate (aka the Bean). 

Bar hop on Rush Street after finishing dinner at  Nico Osteria

Go to The Signature Room at the top of the Hancock Building, and sip on a Gold Coast. 

Visit The Art Institute of Chicago, one of my favorite museums ever. If gazing at works by Seurat, Picasso and Chagall (just to name a few) made you hungry, kick up your heels at the yummy Terzo Piano restaurant. 

Go to the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, and soar in the clouds when you step out onto Skydeck. Be sure to take in the gorgeous views, too! 

 Go to the Field Museum and get up close and personal with Sue, the most complete T.rex  ever discovered

Visit Oak Street for the best shopping.

Share a delectable meal with friends at The Purple Pig

Take in a comedy show at Second City 

I'd love to know what some of your favorite things are to do in Chicago, so I can put them on my list for next time! 

This post is in partnership with The Langham, Chicago. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Ashley Nicole Style possible. 

Photos 2,4, 5, 6 and 8 courtesy of The Langham, Chicago website

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