On The Road

Chicago Skyline

Hello from cloudy and rainy Chicago, the start of our two-week break to the Midwest visiting friends, catching up on our reading list and getting to know this part of the country.

Apart from babysitting our friends’ one-year-old, we’ve been busy figuring out the neighborhoods and the sheer scale of this city, while appreciating the features of the loft that is our home for the rest of the week. Occupying a permanent place on my list of dream homes, these dwellings are, in my mind, the urban answer to the French farmhouse and Balinese villa. With huge windows, high, wood-beamed ceilings and rustic brick walls, well-designed lofts never get tired. Plus, there’s the possibility that your pad may come with a roof deck for summer soirees overlooking the city skyline – a real treat!

So far, there has been talk of a river tour, and a day at the Art Museum, perhaps a few meals at The Girl and The Goat and Frontera. Given Chicagoans’ pride in their cuisine, I foresee hot dogs and hamburgers making an appearance as well, but we shall see. Some experiences are best left to chance, particularly on holiday. But if you’ve got any must-eat/must-see/must-do recommendations for The Windy City or Madison (where we’re headed next week), I’d love to hear about it.

Chicago loft view


  1. I just discovered your blog through the Saveur awards, congrats! Madison is my old college town and two of my favorite places there these days are L’Etoile and The Great Dane, both on the capitol square. Hope you enjoy your time there!

  2. Eric

    Glad to see your enjoying Chicago! Maud’s Liquor Bar opened recently (down the block from The Girl and the Goat) and Longman & Eagle are highly suggested. Go early, they get busy. When in Madison, L’Etoile is a must. If it is out of budget or just too busy, then Harvest is pretty amazing as well. If time permits, I would suggest a drive to New Glarus and take the brewery tour. Free samples at the end!

  3. Danielle

    @Dawn: You’re the second person to mention Floriole – I had forgotten about it, so thank you! We had brunch there today, planning to sneak in another trip before I leave 🙂

    @Eric: Thanks for the recs, they’re on the must-try list!

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