A Girl’s Guide: How to Escape the Chicago Winter and Head to Miami for Only $300

The weather has actually not been too bad the last few days here in Chicago. So, I can’t really complain. However, every year around this time I get the itch to go somewhere warm. For the last almost ten years I have spent the week of my birthday in March usually in Florida. We like to split our time between Delray Beach and South Beach. My birthday is at the beginning of the month so, it’s the perfect time for us to go before it gets too busy with spring breakers. And, you can also get a really good deal.…

A Girl’s Guide to Spending Thanksgiving in New York City

Last year my hubby, myself, and my in-laws started a tradition of having Thanksgiving in New York City. As a child, I had always wanted to spend Thanksgiving at The Plaza in NYC. I thought it would be so magical to stay at the Plaza, go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and kick off the holiday season doing all the holiday things in New York City. So we did! We had such an amazing time that we all agreed that this is something we should do every year for Thanksgiving. So this year again, we headed off to NYC…

A Girl’s Guide: 48 Hours in Toronto, Canada

Girl’s Guide Chicago goes to Toronto! My husband and I just got back from a whirlwind, last minute road trip. We had been wanting to do a road trip for awhile and we just couldn’t decide where to go. My husband loves the Bulls so we decided to first go to Cleveland since the Bulls were playing the Cavs. Hang out in Cleveland for a night (because we had both never been). Then the next day, head up to Niagara Falls (I had never been), and then continue on to Toronto (we had both never been). We don’t like super long…

A Girl’s Guide: Where to Take the Best Wedding and Engagement Photos in Chicago

This is definitely different from my normal style of Girl’s Guides but I think many of you that are newly engaged or planning your upcoming wedding, this engagement and wedding photo checklist that I have created could really come in handy. There’s so much planning that goes into a wedding and sometimes it’s just hard to think of all the little details like where to take the best photos. Where to take the best wedding and engagement photos in Chicago You can download and save this free checklist I have created below. Feel free to share it with your girlfriends, and…

A Girl’s Guide to a Staycation in Chicago (Summer Edition)

Summertime is a great time to be in Chicago and it’s one of the best cities in the world, so why not plan a little staycation in your own city. If you haven’t explored many places downtown and you live in the city or close by then this girl’s guide is perfect for you. If you have never been to Chicago but want to explore Chicago in a not so touristy way then this guide is also for you. I’ve also included links to some of my other girl’s guide within this post so you can add to your staycation if…

A Girl’s Guide to a Day on State Street

State Street in Chicago is such a historically famous street. To be honest, it doesn’t have the over the top shopping experience like Michigan Avenue. However, State Street is an amazing street to see and do some really great things. This girl’s guide will help you plan out a fun girl’s day with the best things to experience on State Street. Morning Start your morning at Pickwick Coffee, just off Jackson and State Street. Trust me, it’s worth going just to snap a picture of the cutest coffee shop in the alley. Plus you will want to start your day with…

A Girl’s Guide to a Weekend in South Beach

Since I’m from Chicago, I love to get out of the city for long weekends to warmer places during the colder months. One of my favorite places to go when it’s cold is South Beach. I have been going to South Beach pretty much every year since 2009 so I feel like I know the area really well. You can use my guide to help you plan where to stay, where to eat and have drinks, and where to shop to have a really fun, relaxing girl’s weekend in South Beach. You can also download and save my checklist below to…

A Girl’s Guide to the Gold Coast in Chicago

The Gold Coast neighborhood in Chicago is such a beautiful area. If you don’t have time to visit it’s definitely worth taking a stroll through. But, if you have time and want to spend the day exploring this neighborhood, I’ve put together a guide of all my favorite things to see and do in the Gold Coast. * The Gold Coast shopping and dining districts goes South to North from Chicago Ave to Division Street and West to East from State Street to Michigan Ave. Morning Start the morning at either the Starbucks (1003 N Rush St) or the Argo Tea Cafe (871…