Saturday staycations.

When you’re a kid growing up in the Chicago suburbs, the only things you would do in the city were: see the Bean, go to a museum, go to a Cubs game, or go shopping on Michigan Avenue. Typical touristy-things.

Now that I’m an adult and can really explore the neighborhoods, I’m finding that Saturdays are the perfect time for staycations!

The Hampton Social

After work on Friday, I met my friend Erin and her sister Megan for dinner at The Hampton Social.

Walking in, you’re greeted by acoustic music, hammocks, adirondacks and a beachy breeze (caused by the open-air feel of the restaurant). We just made it in time for their Happy Hour- 1/2 off Rosé and woodfired pizzas. Wow. Their food is AMAZING. I will definitely be going back.

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Light hardwood floors, minimalistic white walls and potted palm trees create a beachy vibe.

Bucktown Arts Fest

Saturday, we ventured to Bucktown for Bucktown Arts Fest.

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190 artists were selected to present at the Fest.

I am in love with Bucktown. It’s such an artsy community and this festival really encompassed the character of the neighborhood. We meandered through the artist booths, food trucks and live music stages, picking up a few, fun pieces for our places. Personally, I fell in love with Paper Cutz‘s artwork.

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The cutest sisters were selling lemonade for charity donations! We couldn’t resist.

Wicker Park

The rest of the afternoon, we walked through the rows of eclectic homes until we reached Wicker Park. Another hip and trendy neighborhood, we checked out local boutiques and vintage stores. We fell in love with Volumes Bookcafe. For a $3 donation, you can spend a ‘blind date’ with a book: staff will pick out a book for you to spend your afternoon with. I love it!

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More lemonade stands in Wicker. Although, this one had a fresh mint garnish (but knowing the neighborhood, are you even surprised?).

Mahalo

Our last stop of the day was Mahalo, a Hawaiian fusion restaurant. In the same family as The Hampton Social, Mahalo‘s vibe is upscale beach house with touches of trendy neon signs. And like its sister restaurant, the food was divine. I personally recommend the Kalua Pork Fried Rice.

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One of the most talented, thoughtful, positive people I know. Thanks for a fun staycation, Erin!

Can’t wait to explore another neighborhood sometime soon.

What’s your favorite thing about staycations?
What other neighborhoods should I explore?

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