eatPGH lives it up in Chicago as part of #CambriaBloggerShuffle!
Mandy and Sarah headed to Chicago recently thanks to Cambria hotels & suites and had the most incredible trip!
We stayed right near Michigan Avenue at the Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile, a prime location for eating, sightseeing, and luxury shopping. The John Hancock Center, a must-visit for any local and tourist, is three blocks away. Definitely, take the trek up the 95 floors to take down a coffee or a cocktail and take in the extraordinary view. The Museum of Contemporary Art is also within a block of the hotel. Save a few hours in your afternoon to saunter through the exhibits. If you want to balance all that sophistication with a little bit of average joe… head to Gino’s East for deep-dish Chicago pizza. It is literally located next door.
The hotel recently received a major renovation and it now features a mid-century modern, upscale vibe and basically looks like it belongs in a home décor magazine. The lobby has a grab and go coffee bar as well as a full bar and plenty of plush seating. The rooms were quite spacious and had the loveliest little details including gold leather headboards and trendy copper wallpaper. The hotel staff were incredibly friendly and made us feel at home from the moment we checked in. We’d highly recommend staying here whether you’re traveling on business or leisure with all the great amenities that allow you to treat yourself. But, the real magic is located on the top floor: 52Eighty Rooftop Lounge featuring upscale cocktails, small plates, and a magnificent view of Chicago and the Magnificent Mile.
You know we had to eat all the things while in Chicago, so Chicago Food Girl let us in on all of the must-visit spots. Check out some of the places below the next time you visit:
- Brunch: Honey’s Chicago: Refined and upscale brunch food without the pretentiousness. Start your meal off with the miso–glazed cinnamon roll before diving into the Lyonnaise Salad with duck confit or the Pastrami Hash.
- Donuts: Stan’s Donuts: Don’t leave without a beignet pair and a cinnamon sugar pretzel twist in your bag.
- Dinner: Blackbird: It’s no surprise this elegant restaurant has received plenty of James Beard noms. The wine list, the courses, the design, and the atmosphere are all done right.
- Burgers: Small Cheval: Sister restaurant Au Cheval has a 4-5 hour+ wait list constantly, so bypass the lines and head here for the popular burger and fries.
There were so many other places we didn’t have time to visit, but we’ll be back! Be sure to check us out on Instagram @eatPGH for more photos of the Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile.
Thanks to Cambria hotels & suites and Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile for letting us come to Chicago. They paid for our flights, hotel rooms, and gave us some spending money in exchange for this post.