My Updated Chicago Restaurant Guide

I have been working on this post since we got back from TheBestTripEverOfOurLives in Chicago a few weeks ago, and I think I am going to have to break it up into 2 posts to really cover everything re: Restaurant & Kid Activity Recs. Somehow, even though we really got after it and did all of the things we still never felt run down or overwhelmed. Chicago in the summer, it’s a magical place.

 

I did a round-up of our favorite restaurants in Chicago before we moved 5 years ago, and it was one of the most popular posts I’ve done, so I thought after eating all of the things in Chicago, it was time for an update. I am not a food critic, so don’t look to these for accurate gastro-terminology, or pearls on the latest trends in fine dining. But I am a lover of food, and I get around,

Also, this post is long, so I am putting in a jump. Now. Hope you enjoy!

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Introducing the Wimberley in Coral!

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The last of our Season 5 new colorways is the Wimberley now in Pink! The Wimberley is near and dear to my heart as the original colorway was an homage to the Texas hill country which is blanketed in fields of bluebonnets and indian paintbrushes every spring. I have always loved the scale of this print, and when I saw this image while perusing Pinterest one day…

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I thought, ‘I want to go to there’ and then ‘We have to do the Wimberley in pink’.

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This room was the hands-down Biscuit favorite of all the spaces we shot for our lookbook. It’s just so bright and cheerful! We paired the Wimberley with these sheets from Peacock Alley, and I love the play of texture and pattern. The wallpaper is Celerie Kemble for Schumacher, and the rug is from Dash & Albert.

Photos by Molly Miller for Biscuit Home

Small spaces for a city mouse

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We have been in Chicago with the family for a few weeks for our big family summer trip, and it has been the best trip ever! I adore Chicago. Our time living here was so special, and we have so many friends and family here that it still feels like home. It’s hard to have your heart in two places. We love Houston, and we are so happy to be raising our babies there, but there is so much that draws us back to Chicago.

It has been great to be here for awhile and not feel so rushed to do all of the things. But we have still managed to do (and eat and drink) all of the things. We still have a few more places to try, but I promise I will report back with my updated Chicago restaurant/bar guide. (This is the one I did 5 years ago– some of the favorites on that list still hold up!) I will also add in some of the activities we have done with the kids- Chicago in the summer is the BEST for kids. We have spent hours playing in Lincoln Park, hitting up the farmers market, zoo, lake, it’s just so easy!

I never really got over having to sell our house here- it recently sold again and I tried to convince Pete we should buy it back and he reminded me that I was actually being insane. But I still do fantasize about having a little pied-à-terre in the city so we could visit friends and family as often as we wanted! This months House Beautiful is their small spaces issue, which is ALWAYS my favorite. I just love a tiny jewel box home, and this issue had Amir Khamneipur’s teensy perfect 700 sqft apartment in NYC and it is a total delight.

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That got me on a pinning spree on my recently neglected “city mouse” board. Here is a sampling of my small space favorites…

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I’ll be back next week with a rundown of our favorite things we got up to this trip!

Introducing the Austin in Pink!

Continuing our tour of rooms featuring our Season 5 Biscuit Bedding prints, today I have our Austin print in pink:

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Our Austin in blue was part of our very first collection at Biscuit, and has always been one of my favorites. I love how diverse the print is, it is sophisticated in a tone on tone room like the Master we did for the Coastal Living Showhouse, or it can be fun and youthful in a kids room. Over the years people have requested the print in a pink, and we wanted to make sure we chose tones of our favorite hue that allowed this new colorway to be just as flexible. I am in love with how it came out! I played up the girly pinkness in this setup, but I can see the tonal pinks working just as well in a more restrained scheme.

Photos by Molly Miller for Biscuit Home

Farm for the Fourth

Pete’s family takes Fourth of July very seriously. When we first started dating, I remember the first Fourth I spent with him in Chicago. His small town really goes all out- there is a parade with local veterans, the high school drill teams, and the whole town comes out and lines the streets. It seems like every house is having a bar-b-q and it all just feels very American in the best way.

This year we will be celebrating with friends and their kids at our farm, and I am really feeling festive. We are grilling, swimming, having field day races, and watching an outdoor movie. I already stocked the farm with some fun Fourth-themed ‘cessories that I shot last weekend for our Fourth of July edit– we also did a practice run on some of the recipes we are cooking that I will share next. Specifically the pimento cheese pinwheels which are a holiday celebration unto themselves.

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We ordered those red, white and blue lawn chairs after reading about the company in Garden & Gun. They will be perfect for watching our outdoor movie- we are thinking Space Jam because the kids haven’t seen it, but if y’all have any suggestions for a more 4th of July themed movie, let me know. I am obsessed with the firework cocktail napkins, and my festive new bather- oh! And we are going to be making popsicles. I don’t know who will enjoy it more, me or the kids.

  1. Watermelon Float 2. Candy-Striped Turkish Towels 3. Lawn Chairs 4. Bunch o Balloons 5. Striped Bathing Suit 6. Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen 7. Red Cooler 8. Firework Cocktail Napkins ** Baby You’re a Firework Hand Towel 

“Night Movie” Photography by artist Julie Blackmon

All images Bailey McCarthy for Biscuit Home