5 Chicago Hot Spots to Check Out This Weekend

A friend asked me to recommend some hot spots in River North for him and his wife to explore one weekend.

I recommended Dana Hotel as the perfect weekend get-a-way spot. It is a small boutique hotel with the perfect balance of luxury and accessibility. Located in River North, it is in walking distance of amazing shopping and dining options.

hotel felix exterior

For food and drinks, I recommend the following:

Pops Champagne  at 601 N State St has wonderful champagne and cocktails as you may expected.  I recommend my two favorites:
  • The Classic (cognac, sugar cube, angostura bitters, brut champagne, lemon twist)
  • La Vie En Rose (elderflower liqueur, sugar cube, peychaud’s, brut champagne)
pops for champagne exterior
Every appetizer I have tried has been amazing but my favorites are:
  • Frites garlic-truffle-brown butter, jalapeño aioli, ketchup
  • Honey Roasted Macadamia Nuts chipotle, lime
  • Duck Confit sweet chili-maple glaze, celery,charred scallions, crispy duck skin
  • Black Tiger Shrimp blue corn crust, orange glaze, foie gras dust, kimchee braised rainbow chard
  • Mussels smoked rabbit sausage, charred pearl onions, spicy broth or white wine, ginger, garlic, scallion

I noticed that the delicious risotto is no longer on the Pop’s Champagne menu.

I have blogged about Pops Champagne twice over the past year. Once after a grad school graduation celebration and another after a YWCA Chicago Future Leaders Council Celebration.

Naila, Jennifer, Chandra, Vanessa, Angelique, Myesha, Nicole

Naila, Jennifer, Chandra, Vanessa, Angelique, Myesha, Cle Andrea and Nicole

Osteria Via Stato  at 620 N State St is separated into a semi-casual pizzeria and a formal dining room. I recommend the veal meatballs and roasted onions appetizers from the Pizzeria. The first time I enjoyed a meal in the dining room, it was via the chef’s selection.

osteria via stato

Vertigo Sky Lounge  at 660 N. State has amazing views and decor.  It’s the perfect spot to sip cocktails and people watch.

dana hotel sky lounge

Meli Cafe  at 540 N. Wells is my favorite location — it’s also closest to my home.  They also have a new location at 500 S. Dearborn in the heart of the loop. It’s a swanky version of the cafe with a more modern interior.  The food is just as delicious. As far as the menu goes, I recommend everything!

Meli Cafe on Dearborn by John S

Don’t keep the goodness to yourself.  I hope you like and share this post with others.

Have a wonderful weekend.


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  1. Great list. I have to check these places out.

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