The best part about a STAYcation is the fun in discovering your own backyard. I appreciate my city more and more with each passing visit forcing me to play tourist and unearth all the amazing things Chicago has to offer. Such was the case when I packed up the family for a weekend at Public Hotel.
You might recall my last STAYcation in Milwaukee. I truly enjoy these mini vacas because we, as a family, spend such amazing QT together. I'd be lying if I said that life hasn't gotten busy and we are just running through the weekend before we get bopped over the head with Monday again. It's funny because we wait with anticipation for Friday and it's gone in a flash!
First, let me tell you a bit about Public Hotel. It used to be the old Ambassador East which was iconic for its bourgeoisie clientele. Think Sinatra, Di Nero, Marilyn, DiMaggio and more. If you wanted to take in a scene from the posh life...this is where you planted yourself for a drink.
Fast forward to present day, now Public Hotel, guests are greeted by a swanky lobby flanked with dramatic, curved stairways and an all white aesthetic. Modern accents are present in art, interior architecture and sexy lighting. All of the past memories seep through the walls, you can feel the swank, but in a new, sophisticated manner. I call it "new school glamour."
If I had a spirit animal when it comes to decor...it would be minimalist chic which is exactly what you'll find inside the Public Hotel rooms + suites. Pictured throughout this post is our Mother's Day weekend suite. I was gobsmacked when I walked in the door. And that's not because the hotel staff was incredibly accommodating but because our room was to die for!
It's exactly how I want my home to be once we get past the popsicle/marker phase. So basically in 20 years, this is the aetshetic I want! Surprisingly...my kids did not stain anything. We grabbed breakfasts early in the morning and ate in our spacious dining room...
...and showering was a cinch. They logged on some screen time in the expansive living room while we relaxed and got ready in the chic, master suite. A girl could get used to this! Let's not forget the views either! We're talking nothing but blue with Lake Michigan in plain, unobscured view.
Also recommended...brunch at the Pump Room and cocktails in the Library. Even though Public Hotel reeks of sex appeal, I gotta tell you...it was perfect for our family with its central, Gold Coast location. Wondering what to do once you walk out the front lobby?
Thank you Public Hotel for a top notch stay and service. We will be back...ok, maybe just the hubby and I! Happy Monday everyone! Catch more of my Public Hotel experience on Instagram!
I just returned from another Mexican adventure. Let me start with the simple fact that Mexico is always a good idea. Always. Two back to back trips further cemented my love for this country. That said, with any travel comes tiny moments of clarity. Some are welcome and some are just a drag to face. So let's start with the good stuff...
The finalé of our Guadalajara trip was unpredictable which is about the only thing that remained consistent about this vacation. Every turn resulted in some sort of cultural surprise that I am quite sure I'll never be able to replicate again. The little details make writing these posts so challenging because one detail missed makes the story incomplete...I'll do my best!
If you're going to do Mexico right, you have to drink tequila. As an aside, I also drink tequila in Illinois. I'm versatile like that. My husband is so lucky.
Day 3 was one for the books. We experienced our biggest surprise yet...as if this trip couldn't get any better. We woke up to our usual program and were dressed and ready to go early. We knew one thing and that was that we were going to tequila country to learn and tour for the day. No complaints there. But how we were getting there was the big question mark.
Bit my bit, and surely through my social media, I'm sure you are aware of the amazing trip I just returned from. A select few Chicago influencers were invited to travel to Guadalajara, Mexico to experience the vibrant culture, art, music, cuisine and so much more that this magical city has to offer. And it was magic!
Summer arrived and I wasn't even prepared. In the best way possible! Packing up warm weather tops and cut-offs for Mexico seemed only temporary but Chicago had something special in store when I returned!
Hey you! Yeah...you! Are you a mom? Are you stressed, run down, low on patience and tired of stepping on Barbie's shoes or Batman's legos?
This is a PSA: You need a vacation! And you can trust your ol' girl Johanna, here because I just returned from an incredibly fulfilling trip to Mexico. <full recap next week> I didn't think it would ever be possible but I ACTUALLY relaxed. The kind of "relaxed" that makes you so chill that even your girlfriend looks at you one day and asks if you're okay because you are sooo quiet. Quiet, for me, at least = blissed out.
One tequila. Two tequila. Three tequila. Floor!
Hi folks! I just returned from a stint in Guadalajara, Mexico with some amazing Chicago influencers. I cannot wait to share the 4-day recap with you...but that's going to take some time to curate. On the other hand...now you understand my radio silence last week. Sorry...#notsorry. It was AMAZING!
Coming off of Spring Break is pretty much the ultimate low point...especially that first Monday. Ahem...yesterday. My kids have gotten much more mature and have become quite the little travelers which makes every vacation easier and easier. That said, we kind of have a drill down or strategy, I should say, when it comes to the preparation part.
It's no secret that the best way ditch the winter blues and speed up the Spring vibes is to opt for color, color, COLOR! Luckily for me, I got my dose two weeks ago on my trip to AZ!
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I just returned from a weekend getaway in Scottsdale with my husband. One part family wedding and the other part QT with my husband. It was nothing short of an amazing weekend filled with laughter, my extended family whom I haven't seen in 19 years, many glasses of wine, poolside lounging and hey…!….I finished a book. Does it get any better?