Want to pack a little more fun and inspiration in your day-to-day? Meet the brand new G&F feature: Musings + Perusings. Featuring a handfull of things from theater to fashion and everything in between, we’re sharing our go-to places to stay inspired and cool this season.
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MINIATURE ROOMS AT ART INSTITUTE
111 S. Michigan Avenue
Hours: daily 10:30am–5pm & Thursday until 8pm
Good things come in small packages. View 68 rooms crafted by Mrs. James Thorne, which highlight centuries of European and American interiors with itsy bitsy furnishings. Admission $23 (but don’t forget the Art Institute is free on Thursdays 5-8pm)
the perfect pair
RADLER PRETZEL + BEER NIGHT
2375 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Dinner Hours: Monday-Thursday 4:30pm-1am & Friday-Saturday 4:30pm-2am & Sunday 4:30-10pm
Brunch Hours: Saturday: 11am-3pm & Sunday 11am-3pm
Save the workout for tomorrow and grab a pretzel and beer tonight. Prost!
an afternoon outing
Brimfield, where reupholstery and repurposed wood is given a whole new meaning. And you will undoubtedly acquire a new love for pendants.
5219 N. Clark Street; Hours: daily 10am-6pm
Woolly Mammouth, if you’re not impressed by the oddities and strange novelties, well then, we are speechless.
1513 W. Foster Avenue; Hours: Monday 1-7pm, Tuesday 3-7pm & Wednesday-Sunday 12-7pm
Roost, it’s like stepping out of the city and right into a country road-side antique treasure chest.
5634 N. Clark Street; Hours: Monday-Tuesday 12-7pm & Wednesday-Sunday 11am-6pm
Vintage scouting have you feel a bit peckish? The Swedish Bakery, 5348 N. Clark Street, has been an Andersonville fixture for over over 80 years, so let’s just say they know a thing or two about coffeecakes and sweet rolls. Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30am-6:30pm & Saturday 6:30am-5pm
SPRING ACCESSORY: PINE + PLASTIC
Pack up and get out of town! Pine & Plastic’s hand painted totes, $85, and make up bags, $45, at Shop.PineandPlastic.com
save the date: march 26th
BRIDES BUBBLES + BLISS EVENT
Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Street
Tickets $25 to $75; March 26th, 6-9pm
For all you bride and grooms to be, this is one trend-filled event worth checking out. Bridal inspiration overload? Is that such a thing?
save the date the next night, too: march 27th
MACY’S SECRET GARDEN EVENT
Macy’s on State Street, 111 N. State Street
Free, but RSVP by clicking link above; March 27th, 5:30-7:30pm
Lots of awesome DIY craft stations including make your own floral wreath and decorate a pair of sunglasses, a floral photo-op by Bukiety, candy cart, and more!
lunch break outing
Find dusty gems that you didn’t even know you needed (or even existed)!
DUSTY GROOVE, 1120 W. Ashland Avenue
DAVE’S RECORDS, 2604 N. Clark Street
GRAMAPHONE RECORDS, 2843 N. Clark Street
the perfect pair
KINMONT TOM COLLINS + OYSTERS
419 W. Superior Street
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday 5pm – 11pm & Thursday – Saturday 5pm-12am
Belly up to the bar and channel your most springy thoughts while you sip on a refreshingly cute Tom Collins and oysters at this new—and beautiful—seafood joint.
going to the movies can wait
GYPSY, THE MUSICAL at CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE
800 E. Grand Avenue
Tickets $58 to $68.
Winter escape, anyone? Warm up your pipes with the Chicago Shakes’ production of Gypsy. Now through March 23 at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
rise and shine!
WINCHESTER FOR BREAKFAST
1001 N. Winchester Street
Hours: Breakfast Monday-Friday 7-11am & Brunch Saturday-Sunday 9-3pm
Our new favorite digs for grabbing brekkers on-the-go. Try: avocado + toast + coffee.
NEW BOOK: 100 GETAWAYS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
A compilation of 100 heavenly hideaways, in countries from Abu Dhabi to Vietnam. Basically: a vacay in 720 pages.
an afternoon outing
GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY
300 N. Central Park Avenue
Hours: FREE! Everyday 9am-5pm & Wednesday 9am-8pm
We can’t bring you Spring, but we guarantee a trip to the conservatory to hang with the succulents will make you feel better.