18 Chicagoland Restaurants and Bars Decorated For The Holiday Season

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Hey guys! I hope you all had a terrific Thanksgiving and enjoyed your long weekend, as well as snag some awesome Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. If you didn’t get any shopping in over the weekend, there are plenty of sales still happening so make sure to check out my list of Black Friday Deals from last week.

This past Sunday, my lovely girlfriends and I got together for our Annual Girls Christmas Party; a tradition our girlfriend Jen started about 15 years ago with only a handful of girls that has now grown to a group of 12. Each year we get together during the holidays for brunch or dinner and a gift exchange/grab bag. It’s just a fun excuse to kick off the holiday season with one another since it’s a lot harder to get together as often as we used to due to busy schedules, careers and families, although we do get together for important events and celebrations whenever possible. Most of us have been friends for over a decade (or two), and have seen each other go through many different stages in life. It feels so nice to be surrounded by such a wonderful group of women you can have fun with, but who also support you, love you and encourage you without any jealousy or drama.

This year we hosted our Annual Girls Christmas Party at Beatnik Chicago in West Town, a restaurant with an eclectic mix of furniture and decor from all over the world that offers flavorful dishes made up of ingredients from Asia, Mexico, the Middle East and South America. If Beatnik wasn’t already the perfect choice for Sunday Brunch, the restaurant was beautifully decorated for the holiday season with lit-up Christmas trees, candelabras and crystal chandeliers which has inspired me to compile a list of 18 festive restaurants and bars to visit with your friends or family during the holiday season.

RESTAURANTS

1. All Chocolate Kitchen: Located in Geneva (about 41 miles west of downtown Chicago); serves chocolates, cakes, pastries, house made gelato, coffee and other savory bites. They also make life-size candy and cake installations for the holidays.

2. Beatnik Chicago: There are two locations; one in West Town and one on the river in the loop. Beatnik On The River is closed on Sundays, but both locations are open for lunch and dinner. Our bill came out to $46/pp. with mimosas and cocktails.

3. Club Lucky: Cozy Italian eatery located in Wicker Park/Bucktown.

4. Graham’s Fine Chocolates and Ice Cream: Another chocolate shop in Geneva where you can even watch them make candy (a friend of mine recommended both All Chocolate Kitchen and Graham’s).

5. Happy Camper Pizzeria: Pizza place that also serves cocktails in a warehouse setting with tire swings and Airsteams. There are two Chicago locations; one in Old Town and one in Wicker Park. There’s also a location in Denver.

6. LUXBAR: Located in the Gold Coast. Had brunch with a girlfriend last year and it was very cozy and festive for the holiday season.

7. Meson Sabika: Mansion with eight dining rooms decorated in traditional Spanish decor located in Naperville; serves Sunday Brunch and tapas style dinner (had brunch with a couple of girlfriends last year). Super cozy and charming for the holidays. Cost of brunch is $34.95/pp which includes a mimosa; $16.95 for children 7-12 years old. Great venue for weddings and other events.

8. Miracle at Sable Kitchen & Bar: Restaurant/cocktail bar in River North decked out in holiday decor, offering ten Christmas-themed cocktails, a DJ and games.

9. The Lobby at the Peninsula Hotel: Beautifully decorated this time of year; John and I are going for brunch this coming Sunday. Brunch is served from 11am-2pm and The Lobby is also where the celebrated Peninsula Afternoon Tea is served.

10. The Walnut Room at Macy’s State Street: A Chicago tradition since 1905; open for lunch and dinner from 11am to 8pm.

BARS

1. Butch McGuire’s: One of Chicago’s most popular bars located in Gold Coast at Rush and Division; famous for its over the top Christmas decor.

2. Frosty’s Pop-Up Christmas Bar: Holiday season pop-up in it’s third year. Super fun and completely decked out for the holidays with four different bars on three levels. They serve Christmas-themed cocktails, have a DJ and a singing Santa Show every hour. Open from 4pm to 4am and tickets are $15-$30. Runs through January 5. An added bonus: Some of the bartenders are models and a lot of them are good looking.

3. Happy’s at Chicago Athletic Association: Pop-up bar located on the hotel’s ground floor, open for the third year in a row. Serves top-notch holiday cocktails and snacks with Christmas tunes playing in the background, festive decor and plenty of twinkling lights. Located at 12 S. Michigan Ave. Closed on Sundays.

4. Rudolph’s Pop-Up Bar at Casey Morans: Sports bar in Wrigleyville with several themed spaces and character appearances with plenty of holiday decorations and cocktails. Food is also available.

5. Santa Baby at Deuce’s and Diamonds: One of the largest and over-the-top Christmas bars located in Wrigleyville. Offers multiple themed spaces and bars. Free on weekdays; $20 on weekends.

6. Sippin’ Santa at Cortland’s Garage: A suburban Christmas pop-up in Arlington Heights; open Sunday through Thursday 12pm-11pm and Friday-Saturday 11am-2am.

7. The Christmas Club at the Country Club: Another Wrigleyville bar with two floors and three bars that offers six “naughty or nice” shots and snacks . No cover.

8. The Sixth: A new Yippee Ki Yay Christmas pop-up bar in Lincoln Square inspired by the movie, Die Hard. Offers 15 specialty cocktails and is open every day except Mondays, all through December.

You can check out other pop-up bars that are open for the season, here and here.

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Early Black Friday Deals 2019

Left work early today and I’m looking forward to spending Thanksgiving tomorrow with our family! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and this year I’m feeling extra grateful and thankful for the biggest blessing coming our way. We keep it pretty casual and spend the day at my in-laws just hanging out with the immediate family before we sit down for dinner. In the past, John and I would make our rounds and visit both families, but after my aunt passed away and with my dad’s poor health over the years, my side of the family no longer cooks so my mom has joined us the past couple of years, and I typically spend Black Wednesday with my dad since he prefers to stay home. How do you celebrate your Thanksgiving holiday?

Also, as we all know, with Thanksgiving comes one of the biggest shopping days of the year, which in recent years has begun the day of and now lasts an entire week (I never shop in stores on Black Friday and always prefer online) so I wanted to share several Black Friday Deals already happening so you can get a head start on your shopping and avoid the crowds. You can skim through my Lookbooks for some inspo. and click on the images to shop or just click on the links of each individual store. I’ll keep adding to the list as new deals happen. I hope you all have a great holiday and enjoy your day however and with whomever you choose to spend it. xo

Abercrombie & Fitch: 50% off entire store + FREE shipping!

Ann Taylor: 50% off EVERYTHING with code: BLACKFRIDAY

Express: 50% off EVERYTHING + FREE shipping on all orders!

LOFT: 50% off with code: INDULGE.

Macy’s: Black Friday Doorbusters including 60% off outerwear, extra 15-20% off with code: BLKFRI and FREE shipping at $25!

Old Navy: 50% off EVERYTHING!

More Early Black Friday Deals:

Banana Republic: 50% off regular priced items.

Bloomingdale’s: Take $25 off every $150 you spend (including beauty) online. Get a $20 gift card for every $100 you spend on a large selection of items in-store.

Goodnight Macaroon: 30% off site-wide with code: GIVING; 40% off $250+ with code: GIVING40; and 50% off $450+ with code: GIVING50.

H&M: 30% off everything for H&M Loyalty Members until November 28 (free to join).

J.Crew: 50% off your purchase + 60% off sale styles for rewards members with code: SHOPFIRST; and 40% off for non-members with code: WHYWAIT.

J.Crew Factory: 60% off everything and extra 50% off clearance.

Kohls: Get $15 cash for every $50 spent + take an extra 15% off with code: GIVETHANKS.

Nordstrom: Up to 50% off + spend $125 get $25; spend $250 get $50; spend $400 get $100.

Saks Fifth Avenue: Thanksgiving Day sale up to 60% off and up to 50% off on designer items.

Target: Up to 40% off home items + extra 15% off furniture, rugs and decor with code: TURKEY. Save $10 when you spend $40 on clothing, shoes, accessories, etc.

Walmart: Up to 60% off fashion; up to 40% off video games and toys; and up to 25% off home deals.

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Newborn Holiday Gift Guide With Walmart

With five weeks left until we meet our girl and only four more weeks until Christmas, today I’m sharing my first holiday gift guide of the season for anyone with a little one on the way!

Even though we still have quite a bit to do at the house in preparation for little Miss C’s arrival, I feel better knowing that a lot of the big things have been crossed off our list such as getting our car seats installed, putting the crib and bassinet together, washing her clothes, and knowing that any essentials we might need now or in the future, we can easily purchase at our local Walmart or Walmart.com. Walmart’s shop online, pick up in-store option and their free 2-day delivery makes shopping (and life) so much easier and less stressful, especially with a newborn on the way.

I’ve been really impressed with Walmart’s modern baby gear and amazing brands (a lot of which we received at our shower) like 4moms, UPPABaby, Owlet, Infant Optics, DockATot, TULA, Parent’s Choice, and Little Star Organics, their new organic bedding and clothing line, so I wanted to put together a newborn holiday gift guide with some of our favorite items and essentials to help make your holiday gifting a little easier.

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10 Bump Friendly Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

Happy Hump Day, all! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is one week away! It’s my favorite holiday of the year. We get to spend the day with loved ones and savor a delicious home cooked meal. All. Day. Long. My two absolute favorite things. Also, it’s a four day weekend for most of us so I always look forward to the short work week. With Thanksgiving just a week away, I wanted to share a roundup of some fall looks that I posted on my Instagram over the past couple of weeks to give you some inspo. for the upcoming holiday. As always, I’ve added clickable shopping links below. xo

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My Fall Maternity Shoot

Happy Sunday! I hope you all had a great weekend. We spent the entire weekend “nesting” and getting everything in order for little Miss C’s arrival in about 6 weeks. It makes it so much more real now that her room is ready, her clothes are washed, everything is organized and in place and our car seats are installed. It feels good to get all the important things out of the way so we’re not scrambling last minute. Tomorrow is my 34 week appointment and I just have to order some wall decor, her crib sheets and some misc. items, but otherwise, we’re pretty much ready!

On a side note, I did a mini fall maternity shoot a few weeks back thanks to my girlfriend Lauren so I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from that shoot. My maternity dress is from PinkBlush Maternity who were kind of enough to gift this dress to me. My dress comes in several colors and they have a ton of cute dresses for photo shoots, baby showers and casual everyday items. You can shop my dress below.

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