I am not typically a city girl, but it is safe to say I fell in LOVE with Chicago. I was very fortunate to be able to attend the Chicago Collective event the last couple of days with Cuff To Collar. What is the Chicago Collective you ask? Well, it is a men’s apparel and accessory trade show where tons of vendors come to show their summer/fall product lines in hopes that buyers come ready to shop their product. For those of you who know me, you know how perfect this event was for me and for those of you who don’t, well I have a passion for merchandising (especially men’s apparel). Not only did I get to experience a new side of fashion merchandising/buying, but I also got to see some amazing product and meet some great people along the way.
So what made me fall in love with Chicago? Well, I’m not sure about you but I wouldn’t mind my typical Monday night to consist of eating deep dish pizza with my friends at Lou Malnati’s, then heading to Three Dots and A Dash for an under ground tiki bar experience, and finally heading up stairs to close the bar at Bub City which is a local country bar with a live cover band (they also make a really delicious drink call back porch tea). Usually crowded over populated areas stress me out and aren’t fun to me, but Chicago felt so much more spread out compared to San Francisco. I know these two cities are totally different, but San Francisco is my reference point giving where I grew up. So obviously I got to experience good food and fun nightlife, but I was also lucky enough to get to explore Chicago and do a little site seeing before I spent my day meeting vendors. Chicago is a beautiful city considering most cities can look dirty and crowded; it was very spacious and clean. I was able to walk from Navy Pier to Millennium Park and see The Bean and everything in between. I was happy to be such the little tourist.
I know Chicago has so much more to see than what I was able to jam into two and a half days, so I can’t wait to plan another trip to visit. If you haven’t considered Chicago for a vacation, I honestly recommend you visit at least once. I’ll go ahead and wrap this post up with some pictures of my trip. As always thank you for following along, and I hope you enjoy!