3 Arts Club Cafe
Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, 3 Arts Club Cafe is anchored in the middle of a five-story Restoration Hardware store. You are encouraged to browse furniture galleries and flip through textiles while sipping your coffee or wine but I prefer to perform those activities separately.
Enjoying morning coffee under the glass-domed ceilings is a fine respite but the line to be seated can be long, depending on the time.
TIP: Head to the back of the store and place your order “to go” at the express counter. Head upstairs to the 5th floor rooftop and enjoy your beverage outside.
Old Town Art Fair
I was *joking* with a friend that I had been to every street festival in Chicago, Seattle and the entire Bay Area so many times that I find walking around looking at things and watching people walking around looking at things, really boring. But one thing about me, I’m always fine doing what I say I don’t want to do once I’m there. Regardless, I enjoy looking at gardens and people’s spaces, so we went to the Old Town Art Fair Garden Walk to see a garden we had previously only seen at night. While their garden was magnificent, what took my breath away was the dedicated milliner studio space located to the side of their garden. It’s a gorgeous high-ceiling studio with lots of natural sunlight.
GT Fish & Oyster
Over the years I have eaten many, many GT lobster rolls. Of their two versions, my favorite is the Connecticut-style (warmed with butter) Lobster Roll. The thinly-sliced crispy onion strings that come on the side always beckon me to come back whenever I crave a hearty sandwich.
My friends celebrated their son’s graduation in style by hosting a party at GT’s private party room called the Whale Room. It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
My kids watched a friend’s dog during a graduation party that they were hosting because as the sign says, “Danger. Ferocious Beast.” We called him Cookie the entire night but when they picked him up, they said “Thanks for watching Pookie.” He still came to us whenever we called him and will always be “Cookie” to us.