HelloIloveyou Chicago. Land of juice bars, awesome coffee shops, and boutique fitness studios. We happened to find $68 roundtrip flights (!!) for a Saturday trip from from Minneapolis to Chicago, so off we went! YOLO and only $68?!?! Ok yes.
With just my purse as my carry-on (with a pair of workout pants, a tank, and sports bra stuffed in it), we hopped on a 7am flight Saturday morning and took an 8pm flight home Saturday night. The train makes it super easy to get around in Chicago and, with a well-routed list of places to check out, we had the most adventure-packed day!! We also felt super fancy and spontaneous taking a day trip — bonus. 😉
Below is our pre-trip planning map (we made it to almost all of the places listed, with a few hot finds in between) and at the bottom of this post is a full list of places you will love if/when you go. You guys – buy your $68 ticket and get your booty to Chicago asap!! Side note, it ended up being $88/person for the flights because we chose to upgrade our seats – #worthit – on Spirit Airlines.
Okay but first, Juice. Haha jk lol – organic superfood smoothies and reishi powered smoothie bowls.
Superfood Smoothies At Owen + Alchemy
Our next stop on the Chicago tour was the Soul Cycle x Target pop-up class. I was SO pumped to get into the noon class! It was on the 10th floor of what seemed like a secret building (not in a Soul Cycle studio). The pop-up was only happening this weekend but there are three Soul Cycle locations in Chicago if you want to hit up a class.
The other gym that I’ve heard is amazing (thanks to my super fun, fit friend Megan who lives in Chicago) is Atlas Performance. She suggests taking the MetCon class and said it’s one of her favorite classes in the city.
Snack and Juice Bar Adventure Time
Three amazing places – Chicago Raw, Beatrix, and Whole Foods – happen to be conveniently located right next to one another. #blessed
Raw Ravioli At Chicago Raw
Paleo Cookie treat from Whole Foods
Ginger Shot At Real Good Juice Co.
Stumptown Coffee At Little Goat Bakery
Avocado Toast At Harvest Juicery
Tacos And Rosemary Margaritas At Antique Taco
Where to go and what to order:
Beatrix – Nitro cold brew, official Bulletproof coffee (actually branded Bulletproof). Perfect atmosphere for brunch or just grab and go coffee. Busy but not too busy, cozy, awesome menu (including chia pudding, quinoa and eggs, and pretty much all the things we want).
Little Goat Cafe – super cute cafe with both a coffee shop and a diner. Also great for grab and go coffee or sit down brunch.
Owen + Alchemy – The packaging at this place is next level. Seriously beautiful. The juice combos (all organic) are also insane —- like a marcona almond blend? I have never seen that before. Order the #83 smoothie – green juice base with almond butter, dates, aloe, ginger, honey, and pistachio, any of the juices/”milks”, and the “Ba” bowl + add reishi mushroom ($2) which is banana, almond butter, house coconut milk, cacao nibs, honey, raw granola, and probiotic chocolate topping.
Chicago Raw – (not to be confused with Karyn’s Raw, which is also good though). Get the raw ravioli made with turnips instead of pasta or the zucchini noodles. They also have these raw superfood cookies that are seriously everything (SO GOOD). It’s all pre-made and packed food, but they have a little counter that you can sit at to enjoy all of the deliciousness.
Harvest Juicery – Get the avocado toast. Probably all of the avocado toasts. After staring at the menu for 10 minutes, we went with one that had sliced cucumber with lime zest and peppers, and one that had pickled beets and bee pollen. Note – Harvest Juicery closes at 2pm on Saturdays, hence why the avocado toast is in a to-go box instead of on a beautiful plate.
The Real Good Juice Co – Everyone says this is THE place!! Cute white walls, fun smoothie combos, bomb paleo granola. Get the ginger, lemon, oil of oregano juice shot if you go here! Or grab the matcha, almond, chia, cholorphyll juice for later.
Soul Cycle Chicago – Any class. Bonus – they provide shoes so you don’t need to pack them.
Atlas Performance – MetCon, TRX
Antique Taco – If I lived in Chicago I’d eat here every day. Get the market mushroom tacos, the rosemary margarita (bottle to share), and the antique taco salad. Chips and guac, obvi. Super cute order-at-the-counter place in a super fun neighborhood for walking around after dinner.
For a day trip, the best/easiest option is to take the train + uber and walk. We got a day pass for the train ($10) and took two uber’s (both under $10) to make the most of our time.
Yes yes yes. There are so many more amazing places to check out in Chicago – ie Summer House Santa Monica, Intelligentsia, a Corepower yoga on the roof of a parking garage, Mana Food Bar, should I go on?? The places listed above are my current faves, and I cannot wait to go back soon! I also hope you go and that this round up of hot places is a helpful guide/starting point!!
xoxo <3 <3