Top Shop and Eats for a Chicago Luxury Experience

Posted by Helaine Cohen on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 at 4:54pm.

Chicago luxury dining and shoppingChicago is a place where luxury abounds! From amazing condo buildings and hotels, to first-class restaurants, it’s long been a destination that caters to the rich and famous. Maybe you have friends or family coming into town, or you’re simply looking to plan a perfect Chicago luxury weekend. Here’s a look at where to shop and eat when it comes to Chicago luxury living! 

Graham Elliot: The former chef from Avenues at The Peninsula Chicago has a couple of his own restaurants around the city. His namesake restaurant offers a 10-course prix-fixe menu with interesting dishes that are truly an art form. Warning: you will leave full and satisfied.

The Peninsula Hotel: Despite Mr. Elliot leaving for his own pastures, Avenues is still one of Chicago’s best restaurants. If you’re craving a more relaxed experience, you can eat at the bar facing the open kitchen and order by the course. For Chinese food, head to Shanghai Terrace, also in the hotel. And lastly, if you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss the Chocolate Bar where they offer a four-course, chocolate-inspired menu on Friday and Saturday nights.

When you’ve had your fill of Chicago’s exceptional food, walk it off at one of the city’s amazing luxury shopping destinations. Of course, the Magnificent Mile won’t disappoint, but if you’re looking for recommendations of places that are more unique, try these.

Anne Fontaine: Located on Michigan Avenue, this shop is a must-visit in Chicago. They only sell gorgeous black or white blouses. That’s it. It’s a unique concept that Chicago luxury home owners love, and if you’re hoping to take a little slice of Chicago home with you, this is it.

Oak Street: Oak Street isn’t a shop; it’s a luxury shopping experience. Lined with designer shops like Hermes, Hickey Freeman, George Greene and Loro Piana, there’s no shortage of ways to window shop or fill-up your suitcase on this street.

Jonathan Adler: If you’re looking for furniture and home goods, Jonathan Adler has the market cornered. Located in River North, there’s an amazing collection of his furniture, home goods and accessories.

Branca: Again, a housewares store, but Branca is a well-known Chicago interior designer who opened a shop. Perhaps you’re not in the market for any furniture, but a trip to Branca will leave you filled with inspiration and ideas.

To learn more about Chicago luxury real estate and purchasing a home here, please contact me. I’m a local real estate agent who would love to discuss your unique real estate objectives.
Helaine Cohen, Chicago Real Estate Broker

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