Stepping into my 30’s in style!

Chris and I decided to celebrate my 30th birthday in the Windy City!  Chris has many fond memories of spending time with his father and grandfather at Cubs games and Navy Pier in Chicago.  My Mom took me to Chicago for a girl’s trip a handful of years ago and we had a blast eating fabulous food and hitting up the local jazz bars.  We both love Chicago but had not yet made the trip together!

Southwest offers a two-hour direct morning flight so we flew out on Friday morning.  When we landed, my voicemail was full of messages from agents calling on a new listing.  I’ve always said, all it takes is leaving the city for me to get really busy!  We checked into the James hotel and were pleasantly surprised.  We loved the contemporary décor and could not have asked for a better location!

We headed to Le Colonial, an upscale French-Vietnamese restaurant for lunch.  This restaurant came highly recommended and I cannot say enough good things about it!  After lunch, I couldn’t resist a trip to Lululemon, which was directly across the street.  I of course got myself some fun things but I also got Chris a pair of pants – love a well dressed man at the gym!

We met up with Ryan Anderson, Chris’ college roommate, for drinks at Sable.  Their cocktails and appetizers were outstanding!!  We then finished the night with late dinner reservations at The Purple Pig.

Saturday was spent with a dear high school friend, Kate Henerey, and her husband Adam.  They picked us up in the morning and took us to Lincoln Village, close to where they live.  While catching up and trading gossip, we enjoyed a long Italian lunch, shopping and gelato!  That night we dined at Primehouse, a modern American steakhouse that is actually located in the James hotel.  The restaurant is known for their special patent for dry-aging their meats.  They age them in a Himalayan salt-tiled aging room on premise. Chris loved his steak and I was thrilled with my scallop dish and everything else we ordered!  We met up with Anderson to finish the night at Blue Chicago to catch a live jazz show.

Sunday morning we experienced the most exquisite brunch at Nomi in Park Hyatt hotel.  Best brunch yet!  We rolled ourselves out of Nomi and strolled towards Louis Vuitton.  We finally splurged and I got the purse I have been eyeing for quite some time!  We finished our trip with a drink on top of the John Hancock tower and made a mad dash into Adagio Tea room before heading to the airport.

My birthday trip was a complete success!  I included all of the links for your reference, shall you find yourself making a trip to Chicago in the near future. 🙂


P.S. The last picture in the slideshow was taken here in San Antonio at Perry’s steakhouse.  A handful of my girlfriends made it out on Wednesday night to help me celebrate my big 3-0!!

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