Walking down Fulton Market Street in Chicago sends a wave full of memories through me. The West Loop neighborhood is stacked high with amazing food, coffee, clothing, and sites to see & inspire for the local just as much as the tourist. There is so much grit & texture from the infamous Chicago potholes, to the 4-story cold storage warehouses made with brick, the steel train tracks and sleek restaurant facades. Here I’m sharing the top spots in the West Loop that I go to for inspiration and a good bite.
- Publican Quality Meats has saved me time and time again whether I need a quick breakfast or lunch when I’m flying solo or if I’m leaving the office late and hosting a dinner party that night. When I’m solo I love stopping in for a latte, for lunch their Parm #2 is outta sight! They have everything you need to make your guests feel special without having to fuss much. Recently, I brought home the Tulip Tree Creamery Trillium triple cream, mold ripened cheese inspired by the French classics — Camembert and Brie (Indianapolis, IN) and the Avec dates home to my guests for starters, which gave me time to get the steaks served up.
2. Billy Reid offers some serious retail therapy. The statement pieces I’ve found to add to my wardrobe are to die for. Not to mention their store is stunning with a gorgeous gallery wall leading you to the second floor and furniture you’d like in your loft. Check out this cape coat from last winter’s collection & their new bronze loafers that dress me up even on days I have to stay low to the ground.
3. The Allis, in the lobby of Soho House Chicago for Sparkling Afternoon Tea with a girlfriend is a must when I’m in for a much needed catchup!