When you’re spending a long no-kids weekend in Chicago and want a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood – close to Broadway shows, good eats, Magnificent Mile and the Art Institute of Chicago – I love the Langham. Located along the Chicago River, this modern yet comfortable hotel has just enough bells and whistles to keep you pampered but also not feeling like you’re tip-toeing around in a museum. The hotel has lots of small living-room-inspired spaces to put your feet up and a nice bar to warm up because baby it was cold outside!
It was November, and we were celebrating an anniversary gift to ourselves, seeing Hamilton. Was it worth the quick trip from the west coast? Yes and YES. I won’t go into my critique of the show because I’d just be echoing all the best reviews. As for securing tickets, I have to thank the representative at American Express Platinum Card Concierge. She was fun to work with, very resourceful, and got the job done within hours.
Here’s a list of where we dined.
The Langham | 330 N Wabash Avene, Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.923.9988
Yup, I had to get the ubiquitous waiting-in-line picture. It was all so surreal for my husband and I, before and even more so post-show.
Hamilton at PrivateBank Theatre | 18 W. Monroe Street Chicago, IL 60603
Our celebration continued at Boka where we were fortunate to have Augustus take care of us. It was like the kind of care you get at Lazy Bear but on a smaller scale since it was just the two of us. He was so impressive with his knowledge on both food and wine, was polished, and super friendly. Post-dinner drinks at the bar with craft cocktails and a painting of the eminent Bill Murray concluded our five-star experience.
Boka | 1729 N Halsted Street., Chicago, IL 60614 | 312.337.6070
GODDESS AND THE BAKER
I LOVE this place! Good morning espresso, artisan pastries, a fine selection of small-batch chocolates, and yummy avocado on toast. And the cafe was only a few blocks from our hotel. What a bonus!
Goddess and the Baker | 33 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 | 312.877.5176
Spanish cuisine with a contemporary vibe at this neighborhood gem. Lots of delicious small plates as well as platos grande, like the paella mixto (probably one of the best I’ve ever had). For a standout dish on the pintxos (casual bar) menu, get the duck confit empanadas.
Salero | 621 W Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60661 | 312.466.1000
Our last dinner was at Momotaro. We were one of the first guests of the evening but within one hour, our elbows were practically rubbing with next-table diners. And I understand why. Great cocktails, fresh and flavorful sushi (served with mild-temperature rice that would make Jiro proud), outstanding cooked dishes, and an all-around fun atmosphere.
My welcome cocktail was the popular Monk’s Journey, which consisted of Ketel One vodka, Chareau Aloe liqueur, matcha green tea, and lime. Bottles of sake followed. As for the food, I spent more time savoring each dish than capturing images. Though, as you’ll see, we had time for a few good ones.
Momotaro | 820 W Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60607 | 312.733.4818