Shelley | Explorer | Eater

On a mission to explore every corner of Chicago. And eat a lot along the way. #chicagoismyboyfriend @thechicagoburbs

Old school diner or new school diner? Which would you pick? | #jerisgrill #3squaresdiner #chicagoismyboyfriend (it's a trick question)
Things that make me happy: AM coffee bars that turn into PM wine bars, a la Two-Zero-Three at @virginhotelschi. 😋 | #chicagoismyboyfriend
Snow globe livin' | Fun fact about this building: it once had a car lift accessible to the first 23 floors via a private entrance on Lower Wacker. For security purposes, jewelers would literally drive their cars (often full of valuable jewels) right onto the elevator and be whisked up to their respective offices. The building was landmarked in 1994. | 📍 35 E. Wacker | #chicagoismyboyfriend
@EttaRestaurant was the first place I brunched after #PolarVortex2019 and it was like a warm hug. If you go for brunch you must get the focaccia with ricotta. 🤤 | #chicagoismyboyfriend
Book lovers never go to bed alone. 😍 | Afterwords is open til 11 on Fridays and Saturdays in the Loop and sells new AND used books. | #chicagoismyboyfriend #bookshop #bookstagram
Did you know the iconic 1920s Cedar Hotel was likely going to be demolished before @ViceroyChicago swooped in and carefully removed the original facade so that it could be reassembled once the new building was up? They made an effort to preserve the building's history every step of the way, including using the original neon sign in their restaurant @somersetchicago , which is v good btw. Don't you just love it when that happens? 🤗 | #chicagoismyboyfriend
Chicago may be home to two pretty great conservatories but there are plenty more outside the city. Here's a list and let me know if I missed one! ▪Oak Park Conservatory 📍Oak Park (pictured) ▪Wilder Park Conservatory 📍Elmhurst ▪Friendship Park Conservatory 📍Des Plaines ▪Bird Haven Greenhouse & Conservatory 📍Joliet ▪Nicholas Conservatory & Garden 📍Rockford
The whole city of Chicago appears to be closed tomorrow SO if you're stuck home like me see below for some of my favorite shows to binge: ▪Schitt's Creek (Netflix) ▪You (Netflix) ▪The Confession Tapes (Netflix) ▪Mindhunter (Netflix) ▪Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father (Netflix) ▪Golden Girls (Hulu) ▪Insecure (HBO) ▪Barry (HBO) ▪Billions (Showtime) ▪The Killing (Prime) ▪Catastrophe (Prime) Now tell me your faves 👇🏼 | #chicagoismyboyfriend
*thinking green thoughts* | #chicagoismyboyfriend
When your cousin's in town, you send him to @cindysrooftop and then make him give you his pics to post... 😂 Doesn't this pic make you shiver? ⛄ Stay warm this week my friends and remember The Drawing Room at @chicagoathletichotel is one of the coziest spots to be in this weather - so dark, so many fireplaces. | S/o to @peejvalleej for the pic. 🙏🏻 | #chicagoismyboyfriend
Restaurant Week starts Friday and it's the coldest week of the year so I suggest cozying up to the fireplace over brunch or dinner at @EllaElliChicago. ⛄ | #chicagoismyboyfriend #crw2019
@SipofHope is a fully nonprofit coffee shop and has a mission I can get 100% behind. Plus, their coffee is delicious and they have loads of cool art by local artists, including a Studio Ghibli mural in the bathroom! 😍 | #chicagoismyboyfriend #itsoknottobeok
This weather just makes me want to fill my apartment with plants. 🌱 | #chicagoismyboyfriend
There are two seasons in my world: summer and Christmas. | 📸: @sassyconfetti | #chicagoismyboyfriend
@MonnieBurkes might have one of the best patios in the city but the interior is just as dreamy. 😍 Swipe for pics of deliciousness. 😋 The cauliflower is officially on my 2019 best bites list. Cauliflower! 😂 It's a must try. 👌🏻 | #chicagoismyboyfriend
The Lucius Mantonya Flats AKA 'the house with the keyhole windows' in the Gold Coast is and has always been a rare example of Moorish Revival in Chicago. Built in 1887, at one point members of the Ringling family lived there (yes that Ringling 🎪)! It was built as a single family home but was subdivided into condos in the 1920s. You can see pics of the interior if you Google it. Other examples of Moorish Revival in Chicago include the Aragon Ballroom and Medinah Temple (now Bloomingdale's). 📍1325 N Dearborn Pkwy | #chicagoismyboyfriend
A really good day is spent having breakfast and coffee at @pleinaircafe , followed by exploring @theorientalinstitute (it's free!), and then capping it all off with some book hunting at @57thstreetbooks. | #chicagoismyboyfriend #hydeparkchicago
Did you know that the zellij fountain at @gpconservatory was a gift to Chicago in 2003 by Groupe Scolaire Le Cedre, a school in Casablanca that is sister to Abraham Lincoln Elementary? In 2001, the schools had an exchange program that went on hiatus after 9/11. The teachers at the Casablanca school felt that the fountain could be a bridge to a greater understanding between American and Muslim culture. Zellij, the technique, has been used in the Islamic world for mosques and other buildings over the last 1,000 years. As the artists arrived from Morocco their tools were confiscated at the airport and the mayor and senator had to step in to resolve it. There is a 2nd zellij fountain at Lincoln Elementary that was part of the gift. The artists worked on the fountains for a month in a shed at the conservatory before its unveiling. | #chicagoismyboyfriend
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