A Weekend In Chicago

Dana Hotel in Chiacgo

A couple weekends ago, Marvin and I took a mini trip to Chicago, just the TWO OF US! Can you believe it? I don’t know how long it’s been since it’s been just the two of us, but this trip was so needed. We were there to attend one of my college roommates wedding, and it was so good to see her again. The weather was a bit gloomy, but it never really down poured with rain, which was great. We spent a lot of time eating, hanging out, doing nothing, and walking around the city! 

Dana Hotel in Chicago

Dana Hotel Balcony in Chicago

Dana Hotel in Chicago

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Top c/o Yummie
Pants c/o Yummie
Cardigan: LulaRoe by Alicia Wolverton

Wearing LipSense

Chicago heart wall

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Top c/o Darling Me Avenue
Jacket: NY and Co
Jeans: Target
Bag: Chloe
Shoes: Old Navy

Chicago heart wall fashion Chicago flamingo wall

Outfit Details:

Top c/o Darling Me Avenue
Jeans: Target
Shoes: Old Navy
Bag #1: Nena & Co.

Dana Hotel in Chicago


Rent the Runway dress

Dana Hotel stairs in Chicago

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We stayed at Dana Hotel & Spa right in the heart of River North Chicago for 2 nights and it was a lovely place to stay. As you walk into the hotel, the bellmen are super friendly and greet you and open the door for you (later on they remembered details about us that showed they were very attentive to their guests). As you go in, you take the elevator or stairs up to the lobby to check in. We got a Tranquil Suite room that is 590 sq. ft. suite offering one Serta Enrapture king bed in the bedroom and a sofa sleeper in the living room. This suite features two private balconies, one in the living room and one in the bedroom. Our spa-inspired shower is taken to another level, offering two rain shower heads, body jets and two floating stone benches. I’ll just say that this was one of the most relaxing and amazing showers we’ve been in. And when you can take a shower like that without kids banging on the glass door, yea, you’re pretty much winning. There was also a full bar, 2 TVs, slippers and robes, and we were even greeted with some cake bites to welcome us. 

For the evening of the wedding, I rented a dress from Rent the Runway and I seriously LOVED is so much. This was my first time ordering from them and I had a great experience. I got to pick the dress I wanted and was sent it in 2 sizes (I’m always so indecisive about what size to buy so it’s perfect they sent 2). I asked for it to arrive on Thursday, which I did, and I got to rend it until Monday. This Badgley Mischka dress retails for $1190 and I got to rent it for $175, that’s pretty amazing. You get to wear a fancy designer dress for like 10% of the cost, it’s so perfect for fancy events when you know you will never have to wear that dress or item again. Rentals are totally the way to go.

The wedding was at the Contemporary Art Museum and it was nothing short of gorgeous. The restaurants we visited while on our trip were Imperial Laiman (they have unique flavored soup dumplings which was SO cool), Gyu-Kaku (amazing meat you grill yourself), Shake Shack (to see if it was better than In-N-Out, it sure is juicy), Meli’s Cafe (to meet up with a high school friend of mine) and Kung Fu Tea in Chinatown. 

This wasn’t either of our first times in Chicago, growing up in the Midwest we would frequent there often, but we just love the Midwest feel mixed with big city. It’s like the best of both worlds. 🙂


  1. October 17, 2016 / 4:36 am

    What a fun weekend getaway with just your husband! I love this dress on you. I still haven’t tried Rent the Runway yet but hope to soon!

    Fizz and Frosting

  2. October 17, 2016 / 11:40 am

    This looks like the most perfect getaway! You two deserve a little time away!

  3. October 17, 2016 / 11:41 am

    This looks like a fun weekend getaway! Love that floral dress!

  4. October 18, 2016 / 4:19 am

    Looks like such a fun weekend and I’m sure you two enjoyed the time to yourselves. That dress looks so beautiful and so does the hotel! I too am from the midwest and have lost count of the number of times I’ve visited Chicago. Way too many.


  5. October 18, 2016 / 8:38 am

    Oh my goodness! What s special weekend…your room sounds amazing and you look so elegant in your new dress! So refreshing to make sweet memories and have a fun, refreshing getaway!

  6. October 18, 2016 / 9:13 am

    What a special weekend away! You and your husband look like you enjoyed yourselves. Love that dress on you too!

  7. October 19, 2016 / 7:02 am

    it looks like such a great weekend!! gorgeous pics!

  8. lisa
    April 17, 2020 / 8:51 am

    I’ve always stayed at MGM but have never stayed at Mandalay Bay but it’s one of my favorite places to go for restaurants, clubs, and the pool club! Looks like you girls had an a amazing time!Christini’s take out

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