Thinking of spending some time stateside? We think Chicago is the place to be; it has everything, fantastic food, beaches on the lake and shops galore. With a charm we can’t quite put into words, this city is buzzing: here our three of our favourite places to eat, shop and chill out.

Chicago foodChicago foodEAT: SUNNY SIDE UP

We could argue with great vigour that the pancakes served at Sunny Side Up were the best we’ve ever had, and we don’t take rating pancakes lightly. At. All. Perfectly fluffy and loaded with blueberries, heaven would be an understatement. Pancakes not your thing? That’s okay, they do everything else excellently too: everything from biscuits and gravy, granola parfaits to breakfast burritos. We fell in love.

42 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611, United States

Gather Home and Lifestyle Gather Home and LifestyleSHOP: GATHER HOME AND LIFESTYLE

This store perfectly borders a laid-back, minimal scandinavian aesthetic with a raw and homely modern take on conscious living. They have everything from drool worthy bags, to tidbits for your home, just as the store name suggests. We definitely think this shop is worth a stop if you find yourself in Chicago.

2321 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, United States

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You might not consider a donut joint the best place to chill out, but with a couple spots around the city all sporting a funky interior and wifi, this is the perfect place to kick back and get on top of some work you might have left. No work? Grab a coffee with a friend and marvel at the amazing array of donut flavours, each one tastier than the next.

259 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611, United States