“ The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
A girl should be two things – what and who she wants.
In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.
Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
― Coco Chanel
I love exploring different corner cafes in and around Chicago. A freshly made cuppa joe with a peach muffin on a lazy Sunday sounds like an idyllic way to unwind and rejuvenate. One local spot that I’ve found recently is Hansa Coffee, a roaster and retailer of fine cocoa beans and pour over coffee on the north side of Chicago that serves a mean hazelnut latte. And not to mention one on the house every Tuesday when you buy a pound of coffee! Lewis Black once said “I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake”. Needless to say at Hansa my taste bud was livened and invigorated to a whole new level!
Nestled in the heart of downtown Evanston is a new whiskey establishment that I’ve stopped by recently for post work grub. A local joint boasting of small batch spirits and delectable new American food, I walked into Whiskey Thief with my non-existent Sherlock Holmes gear only to be instantly smitten by the old-world Mad Men charm and cozy decor.
From a whiskey wheel that showcases the restaurant’s best spirits available to elevated new American bar fare, there was no shortage of scrumptious wine ‘n dine options that could (quite possibly) whisk Gatsy away from his tomb to delight in a flight or two!
Today’s travel post is dedicated to Northerly Island, a series of manmade island that offers beautiful strolling paths and a sweeping panoramic views of Chicago’s lakefront. Come stroll through wild prairie grasses with me as I talk about its creation and how it’s contributed to the blueprint of the Chicago flag!
There’s no shortage of scenic getaways in Chicago worthy of #nofilter shares on Instagram. Garfield Observatory, often referred to as “landscape art under glass,” definitely fits the aesthetically-pleasant bill. Nestled on the West side of Chicago along Central Park Avenue, the lush flora and tropical temperature within the confines of beautiful stratified stoneworks are enough to transcend beyond the scintillating metropolis this little gem resides in.