Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Bachelorette Hits Chicago Part 2 {Places, Food, & Reviews)

Today I'm letting you all know about where we stayed, what we ate, and what we thought about it all. To see pictures of people not just food, check out this post.

Let's start with the hotel. We stayed at the Omni on Michigan Ave in a double bed suite. I would definitely recommend this hotel if you are going with a larger group. The couch in the living room pulls out to a queen size bed and you can also request a rollaway from the front desk. The location of the hotel was perfect and right in heart of everything. We were directly across from the Apple Store and next door to Zara on Michigan. The hotel staff was extremely friendly and housekeeping put up with our multiple requests for more towels without so much as a sigh.
pictures from the hotel website

Another great thing about the Omni is their bar and restaurant, 676. Our plan was to eat lunch when we arrived in the city, but due to a later start than planned and LOTS of traffic, we ended up getting to our hotel around 4:30pm. We didn't want to eat a big meal since we had dinner reservations at 8, so we headed to our hotel's restaurant where we tried out their drinks and shared some appetizers.

 Blood Orange Whiskey Sour
Honestly, it wasn't my favorite. It was pretty dang strong and I couldn't taste a drop of orange. I happened to pick Alissa's drink for her and of course it was delicious! I can't remember the name, but it had champagne and strawberries. Strawberry Cobbler? Find the correct name and then get that drink.

3 of us shared this spinach dip. I'm pretty picky about spinach dips and most are just so so. This was amazing. 

Our friend Jamie ordered this shrimp flat bread pizza. I've never had shrimp on pizza and before eating this had convinced myself I wouldn't like it. You guys. All of us were talking about this pizza afterwards. If people still used the phrase, it was the bomb, IT WAS THE BOMB.
Drinks at 676 run anywhere from $8-$15 dollars with beers being a little less expensive. This was about the typical price range we found for drinks at most places. Appetizers were also pretty standard  $7-$15 dollars, but sharable with multiple people.

Later that night we headed to RPM Italian, Giuliana and Bill Rancic's establishment. Unless you want to wait, reservations are a must. We got there a little before our 8:00pm reservation, headed over to the bar, and when our table was ready they sent a text to our phone. I was really hoping this place lived up to hype and it didn't disappoint.

Sorry for the pic quality. It was dark in there.

I can't remember the name of my drink, but it was pretty good.

We got a couple of appetizers to share and these stuffed roasted peppers were a perfect little bite. They are little and stuffed with a chunk of provolone cheese (I believe it's provolone). The peppers must also be pickled because they were slightly sweet as well. This wasn't what we were expecting at all when we read the name on the menu, but they were a pleasant and delicious surprise.

We also ordered the garlic truffle bread. There's truffle in it. Enough said.

One thing to note about RPM is that all of the portions are relatively small (or small as we think of it in the US). I got the lobster ravioli and it was delicious. All the pasta is homemade and you could definitely tell. The pasta dishes were comparable to what you can expect to pay at the Olive Garden, but obviously way better quality.
Add RPM on your list of places to eat if you love Italian, however if you are starving and want LOTS of food, you may find yourself disappointed.

The bellman at our hotel found us a hilarious and fast taxi driver to take us to RPM.  Bonus: he had lights like the cash cab. To our disappointment, he wasn't the cash cab. The driver's name was Dil and I'd highly recommend him. He gave us his cell phone and we called him when we were ready to be picked up. Let me know if you live or will be in the city and want to experience the experience that is Dil.

Saturday we ate breakfast at the Corner Bakery near our hotel. For a chain, the breakfast was pretty standard, but good. Next time, I'd skip the chain and head to a more local place like Brunch.

After some serious shopping we headed to Gino's East on Dearborn. Note that there are SEVERAL Gino's locations. So many in fact that half of our party was at a completely different one and our taxi driver dropped us off at yet another Gino's location that was also not the Dearborn one. The Ginos on Dearborn looked newer and had much more of a pub feel. If you want the Ginos where you can right on the wall, this is NOT the one. The weather was nice so we sat outside on their cute little patio. This location was also way less crowded and we didn't have to wait for a table.

It's not a bachelorette party without some of these. These were blueberry flavored and pretty tasty for a shot.

And no trip to Chicago is complete without the deep dish pizza. We got the vegetarian and as always it didn't disappoint. One piece is usually enough so order accordingly and remember the pizza's often take 45 minutes to bake because they are so deep (twss).

Before dinner Saturday night, a few of us headed back up to 676 in our hotel after a long day of walking around the city. I tried my first Moscow Mule and it was much better than I expected. This is the perfect refreshing drink and not too sweet. Plus, how cute are these coper mugs!

Dinner Saturday night was at the Packing House. Looking at the menu you might be a little scared, but trust me, try things you normally wouldn't. We all got different dishes and shared and each one was fantastic. I highly recommend the lamb, crab spaghettini, and the roasted chicken. This restaurant is pretty pricey and dishes range from $18-$40. The restaurant's also about a 10 minute car ride from the city so plan accordingly.

After dinner we took a much less fun taxi to Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar. This place was WAY more packed than we expected and there was little room to even move around. If we had to do it over again we would have reserved a table and gotten there earlier. There were several other bachelor/bachelorette parties that night as well. The concierge at our hotel had passes for free cover, which was $10. If you stay at a hotel with this service, take advantage of it. Concierge's usually have passes for free covers and may even be able to make reservations that you couldn't get.

Well I think that's all. Feel ready to conquer Chicago? Please email me with any other questions, even if it's something/somewhere that I didn't list above! This gal is also great a resource:) 
2 comments on "The Bachelorette Hits Chicago Part 2 {Places, Food, & Reviews)"
  1. Amazing blog ! This place and foods are so nice. I appreciate, Really Everyone loves to enjoy good company with the Bachelorette Party. I also had gone to enjoy Bachelorette Party in club allure Chicago with my friends. This party was most enjoyable and entertaining.

  2. Yeah Chicago restaurants are one the right and perfect place for our all occasions. My favorite thing about these restaurants is delicious food. I always visited there just because good food services.