BlogHer 2013, Chicago


Last week I went to Chicago for BlogHer 2013. I grew up in Illinois so Chicago has always been one of my favorite cities. I was happy to be back!


I stayed at the gorgeous InterContinental Hotel Chicago. It is located on Michigan Avenue, in the heart of downtown Chicago, right on the Magnificent Mile! It is the perfect location! The hotel is surrounded by fabulous shopping and restaurants.


The four-story lobby features a grand staircase and a big screen of downtown Chicago. I loved looking at the action that was going on outside in the city.


I had a wonderful view of the city from my room! I could see the Chicago river and the Michigan Avenue bridge. The hotel also had a nice fitness center and pool. And I loved the lemon verbena soaps and lotions:) I really enjoyed my stay at the InterContinental Chicago!


Chicago was filled with lots of parties and lots of food! I loved partying with my favorite gals-Shelly, Amanda, Ali, and Jenny.


Desserts galore!


I spoke at BlogHer with Land O’ Lakes and my favorite butter buddies-ReeSommer, Brenda, and Julie. We had a Kitchen Conversation about back to school recipes. I will be sharing my recipe on Monday, so stay tuned:) I always have a good time when butter is involved:)


After talking about all of our recipes, our stomachs were growling, so we went to dinner at The Boarding House. It was amazing! Add this restaurant to your must visit list! I loved the food, the ambiance, and the company. It was a fun night!


Burrata with tomato basil jam and grilled bread. Soooo good!


I ordered the lentils with roasted cauliflower, harissa, ricotta, and apricots. It was superb!


And of course I saved room for dessert. Yes, there are three! I had to sample:) The oatmeal raisin cookie sandwich with ice cream was my favorite! Cookies always win over my heart:)


I made time for a few runs in Chicago! I loved running by the water. Such a beautiful city!


Looking for a breakfast spot in Chicago? Try Pierrot Gourmet. I loved the whole wheat pancakes with blueberry butter. They also make a tasty sweet potato hash!


I also enjoyed a killer lunch at Davanti Chicago with South Walton. I love good Italian food and Davanti’s does it right! If you go, you have to order the foccacia. It is life changing!


My last night in Chicago I went to dinner with DeLallo and friends at Mindy’s Hot Chocolate. The food was good, but let’s be honest, I was there for the desserts! You have to have dessert, and lots of them when you visit a restaurant called Hot Chocolate:) We ordered several desserts to share! The chocolate tart with salted caramel ice cream was my favorite! A very sweet ending to a fun few days in Chicago!

Josh and Caleb met me in Chicago and now we are at my dad’s for a week. I am ready for some R&R…and some salads..ha!

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  1. Chicago is one of my favorite cities to visit. Next time I go I have all my meals planned out thanks to this post.

  2. So fun! I really wanted to go especially since I’m in Chicago right now but it wasn’t in the cards for me this year.

  3. Looks like a lovely trip. Enjoy your time with your dad, it’s always one of my favorite ways to relax. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. We went to the Boarding House in March – and I fell in love with the place!! You’re spot on, it’s great all around. Now I just have to figure out how to string 3,001 wine glasses from my ceiling without them coming crashing down hahaha Looks like a great trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Chicago is such an awesome city, I can never get enough! It was so nice to spend some time with you at the Land O’Lakes booth at Blogher, shopping, and enjoying that fabulous dinner at The Boarding House. Wishing you a wonderful week of rest and family time!

  6. I love Chicago! I grew up in Madison, so it was a fun and close place to go. So much great food and shopping!

  7. What a fun time! I would love to visit Chicago one day. Thanks for the recommendations.

  8. So glad you enjoyed your stay in Chicago. I’m sorry we couldn’t have provided you with better weather but we’ve been in sort of a funk as of late. Looks like you were able to snag some great food as well. Always nice to see a recap of the place you call home. Come back soon!

  9. We are going to Chicago next month so I am thrilled you shared your experience with us. We are going to book a room at the InterContinental Hotel and try some of the places you went to. Thanks again! Glad you had a fun trip!

  10. I love Chicago! Such a fun city! Thanks for sharing your trip! I am going to have to stay at the Intercontinental next time.