Chicago – with its wealth of luxe hotels, spas, boutiques and hot dining spots – is the place to reconnect with your pals. You’ll return recharged and refreshed and ready to tackle your busy, modern-day life once again, with a renewed joie de vivre. Dine, shop, and laugh your stress away with these five must-dos for a fab girlfriends’ getaway in the windy city.
Un”wine” at a city spa.
The Vino Therapy Mani-Pedi at the Spa at the Four Seasons uses antioxidants from grapes to rejuvenate and reduce inflammation. The $135 price tag includes four hours of free parking, a $20 dining credit, and half off select wines by the bottle with lunch or dinner at deca.
Dine with the Girl and the Goat and enjoy a drink on a roof with a view.
“Top Chef” Season 4 winner Stephanie Izard’s “rustic with a bit of badass and quirkiness” West Loop restaurant is a hot reservation: you’ll love her creative and locally inspired shared plates. Check out the Chef’s Events page on her website and see if you can snag a seat at an upcoming themed or charity dinner. Afterwards, head to the Trump Hotel where you can soak in the skyline and a cocktail at the Terrace at Trump, a luxe, high-in-the-sky bar with some of the most breathtaking, iconic views around. It’s most definitely a splurge, but the crafted cocktails and the unparalleled view of the Tribune Tower’s Clocktower make it a must.
Crash a party then laugh away your stress.
The First Friday of every month, the Museum of Contemporary Art offers after-hours admission, cocktails, and live entertainment, while the Art Institute offers the occasional Martini Monday. For guaranteed belly laughs, head over to Second City for a late night show. The Dinner and a Show package gives you a bit more bang for your buck by combining a discounted pre-show dinner at a local restaurant.
Shop to your heart’s content (with a pit stop for popcorn).
Shop ’til you drop on the 13 blocks of the Mag Mile. Refuel with caramel popcorn at Garret Popcorn (625 North Michigan Avenue).
Brunch with the best.
The world-famous Sunday Chicago Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues will stir your soul as you stir your Bloody Marys. It’s the perfect way to end your weekend getaway on a happy, musical note.
Enjoy your stay in Chicago!