I have always heard that the best cities in the United States are New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Atlanta….but what about Chicago??? After doing a little research I was able to pull some statistics online and yes, they do include Chicago, but it’s all very blah stuff. It’s nothing that will really get anyone “excited” about coming to the city. So….. because I am such a wonderful person and although not originally from here (originally from L.A.) I have grown to appreciate and love the city.
I moved here about 5 years ago and I didn’t really know what to expect after moving here from L.A. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at the transitions I saw and experienced in the city during this time. For being a city in the Midwest it is quite lovely because of Lake Michigan and its constant beautification which includes the lake paths. Anyone can enjoy the lake paths while running, biking, or even just walking. These paths are accessible from anywhere.
The city has hired some amazing artists to transform the underpasses with murals and my favorite one is located at the Belmont exit off of Lakeshore Drive. Not trying to be biased because that is my neighborhood, but it is by far the coolest mural I have seen around the city thus far.
Our city is really trying to make Chicago one of the best cities in the U.S. and I really think that they are on their way. Between the amazing transportation, the lake paths, the clean city and the really awesome murals, what could be better?
The Summer Seafood Salad at EATT
Last week I had lunch with Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza (susanamendoza.com). One of Clerk Mendoza’s goals when she took office in May of this year was to modernize the way the City Clerk’s office does its business. To do that, her office ran a contest to win lunch with the clerk when Chicago residents to purchase their city stickers online. For those of you not familiar with parking in Chicago, residents must purchase & display a City Sticker on their car to avoid paying a fine… yet another reason to rely on public transit when moving to (or visiting) Chicago! Well I was selected as one of the winners of this contest, how exciting is that?!
Clerk Mendoza, the other winners & I ate at EATT restaurant for lunch (eattchicago.com). EATT is just one block from the hotel at 6 W Hubbard (take a right of the hotel, right onto state st, EATT is on your right). It is one part of Rosebud, the famous restaurant group of Chicago. EATT is a great place to stop in for either lunch or dinner. It has a classic American menu. The chef had a special salad dujour with seafood & sesame crackers. It was quite refreshing for a summer day. In fact, EATT is one the many places to enjoy outdoor dining spring through autumn.
The menu at EATT is varied from an omelet with fries to an “Old School” Porterhouse. Since it is a Rosebud restaurant, they of course have the classic “R-Burger,” the 10oz burger on a pretzel roll. You get all this as well as a full bar. Eatt is at the corner of State & Hubbard just one block from the hotel. Once on Hubbard, you will see the variety of bars & restaurants that are so close… You can spend the rest of your time in Chicago trying them all: Mother Hubbard’s (motherhubbardschicago.com), Theory (theorychicago.com), Vermillion (thevermilionrestaurant.com), Rockit (rockitbarandgrill.com), Howl at the Moon (howlatthemoon.com/locations/location-chicago), O’Callaghan’s (ocallaghanspub.com), Dos Diablos (dosdiabloschicago.com) & Sullivan’s (sullivansteakhouse.com) are all on the 1 block stretch of Hubbard. You can make an entire weekend of patronizing all the bars & restaurants on the entire block!
Thursday, August 4th marked the Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown’s very first Happy Hour Event at the Terrace, located on the 2nd floor.
Guests from Mesirow Financial enjoyed an urban, summer setting complete with a backdrop of exposed brick walls, tropical Bird of Paradise floral arrangements-compliments of Daniel’s Floral (http://www.danielsfloral.com/), the sounds of summer music, plus food and beverage to boot.
An Aerial View of the Terrace
Catering was provided by Big Delicious Planet (http://www.bigdeliciousplanet.com/) and consisted of a Mediterranean display of olives, meats, cheeses and vegetables, some favorites South of the Border and beef sliders. White Wine and Stella Artois were the crowd favorites for beverage selection.
The Terrace recently received new outdoor furniture from Classique Innovations , a vendor at nearby Merchandise Mart.
Classique Innovations Outdoor Furniture
If you are in the market to host a reception or event at the Terrace, please contact the Sales Department at the Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown by calling 312-832-0330. Cheers!