Cambria Style

Chicago

Written by Jane Castello / December, 2013

Whether it’s ice skating at Navy Pier, window shopping on Michigan Avenue, taking in a night at the theater, or cheering on the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, the City of Big Shoulders has big plans for those who visit Chicago this winter. “Refuse to fear Chicago winters,” says Quinn Butler, principal of Select Surfaces, a Cambria installation partner. “Grab a scarf and experience the outdoor festivals and architecture of the city. Or, head indoors, the city opens up to you in winter just as it does in the summer months, without the fair-weather crowds.” 

FOOD & DRINK

Restaurant Week

Eat, drink and save money: Visitors and locals alike are salivating in anticipation of Restaurant Week (Jan. 24 to Feb. 8), when nearly 300 restaurants in the city and surrounding suburbs offer special prix fixe menus for $22 (lunch) and $33/$44 per person (dinner). (eatitupchicago.com)

 

Katherine Anne Confections

Take the chill out of the air with a cup of decidedly decadent flavored hot chocolate at this Logan Square organic confiserie—it’s won rave reviews from critics and chocoholics alike. Treat yourself to the truffles and caramels while topping off your beverage of choice with a homemade flavored marshmallow. (2745 W. Armitage Ave., 773-245-1630, katherine-anne.com)

 

Fat Rice               

Try the homemade noodles, shrimp and pork pot stickers, and “to die for” dumplings and you’ll know why this Portuguese-Asian eatery has become a destination for authentic old-world cuisine with a fresh twist. Named by Bon Appetit as one of the best new restaurants in the country in 2013. (2957 W. Diversey Ave., 773-661-9170, eatfatrice.com)

 

LITTLE GOAT DINER

Come for the comfort food and fresh-baked bread, stay for the late-night drinks at this charming little diner located just a half-mile west of The Loop. And when you stop by, you might get a glimpse of executive chef Stephanie Izard, who won Bravo’s Top Chef competition in 2006. (820 W. Randolph St., 312-888-3455, littlegoatchicago.com) 

 

ATTRACTIONS

Follow the Puck

Watch the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks take on the Pittsburgh Penguins outdoors as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series. The two teams will meet in front of 60,000-plus fans at Soldier Field on Saturday evening, March 1. Expect the city—and the bars—to be packed with hockey fans all weekend! (Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, 312-235-7000, soldierfield.net)

 

Car Gazing

The world’s largest and longest running auto show cruises into Chicago from Feb. 8th to 17th. Nearly 1,000 domestic and imported cars—from green to mean and in between—will be on display and show attendees can take a spin with a professional driver. Tickets are $12. (McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, 312-791-7000, chicagoautoshow.com)

 

SHOPPING

Navy Pier  

No trip to Chicago is complete without taking in all that the Navy Pier has to offer. There are “Winter Wonderfest” amusement rides, indoor ice skating, bicycle rentals, exhibits, shopping and dining. Construction is underway on the new “Wave Wall” and giant staircase that will give visitors an unobstructed view of the lakefront and the Chicago skyline. (600 East Grand Ave., 312-595-7437, navypier.com)

 

The Magnificent Mile    

Geographically located in the northern section of Michigan Avenue, the “Mag Mile” is best known for its high-end stores, boutiques, and restaurants. Peruse eight levels of shopping at Water Tower Place and then head out the door in either direction to hit up Bloomingdales, Tiffany, Nordstrom, and Niketown, just to name a few. (North Michigan Ave., themagnificentmile.com)

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