Every girl needs a getaway and Chicago is the place to reconnect with your pals. Dine, shop and laugh your stress away with these eight must-dos for a fab girlfriends' getaway in our city.
Indulge in Vino Therapy
The Vino Therapy Mani-Pedi at the Spa at the Carlton Club (Ritz-Carlton Chicago) uses antioxidants from grapes to rejuvenate and reduce inflammation; the glass of wine you sip while you enjoy your beauty indulgence promises to rejuvenate your spirits.
Dine with the Girl and the Goat
"Top Chef" Season 4 winner Stephanie Izard's "rustic with a bit of badass and quirkiness" West Loop restaurant is a hot reservation: you'll love her creative and locally-inspired shared plates. Check out the Chef's Events page to see if you can snag a seat at an upcoming themed or charity dinner.
Laugh Away Your Stress
For guaranteed belly laughs, head over to The Second City for a late night show. The Dinner and a Show package gives you a bit more bang for your buck by combining a discounted pre-show dinner at a local restaurant.
Brunch with the Best
The world-famous Chicago Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues will stir your soul as you stir your Bloody Marys.
Enjoy an evening of jazz with the marine animals
The Shedd Aquarium's wildly popular Jazzin' at the Shedd series
gives guests the chance to see the aquarium's various exhibits and
enjoy an evening of live jazz music on the lakeside outdoor terrace.
Shop til' You Drop (with a Pit Stop for Popcorn)
Shop 'til you drop on the 13 blocks of The Magnificent Mile. If you need to refuel, nothing keeps the OMG-that's-too-cute-spree going like the caramel popcorn at Garrett Popcorn. Make it a full weekend of shopping fun by booking the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago's Sip, Shop, and Style package
which includes overnight valet parking for one vehicle or two blowouts
at Mario Tricoci, located in the attached 900 N. Michigan Shops, a
special welcome bag, filled with beauty essentials and accessories, a
guest room visit from the Bellini Cart and a personalized makeup
application at the attached Bloomingdale's with an exclusive guest
If you're looking for a truly unique perspective of Chicago, hop into a single or double kayak and paddle your way along the river with the help of an expert guide. Kayak Chicago offers rentals, as well as guided tours and individual and group instruction. On the guided architectural tour, you'll circle the loop, glide past the spot where the first settlers to Chicago set up their home base and discover the location of a former Capone-era hideout.
Enjoy a Drink on a Roof with a View
Soak in the skyline and a cocktail at the Terrace at Trump, a luxe, high-in-the-sky bar with some of the most breathtaking, iconic views around. It's most definitely a splurge, but the crafted cocktails and the unparalleled view of the Tribune Tower's Clocktower make it a must.
Photos: Spa at the Carlton Club courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Chicago; Girl and the Goat by T.Tseng via flickr; The Second City by Adam Alexander; Chicago Gospel Brunch by Jorge Cortell via flickr; Jazzin' at the Shedd by Brenna Hernandez