Over 52 million people visit Chicago every year. One of those people is Lyndsey Butler, the designer behind the leather-centered NYC brand Veda. Butler was headed into town for a quick work trip but managed to squeeze in some fun (and take us along for the ride). So what are the Chicago fashion events and activities on her list?
Below, is a mini guide to doing Chicago like a fashion girl. There weren't any hot dogs (but hey, there were pancakes). And shopping is definitely on the agenda, but there are plenty of other activities for when you need a break from building your wardrobe. While we can't promise you'll be able to zip up your carry-on for the flight home, we can guarantee you'll have a great time. So take a look at Lyndsey's recommendations for your next trip to the Windy City, and then shop a few of our favorite pieces from Veda, available now.
"Even if you don't love sports (which I do), this is worth doing. The field is beautiful with its ivy walls and notoriously short infield. We saw home runs, almost got hit by a foul ball, and watched the Cubs crush the Reds. Also, the food—deep-dish stuffed pizza from Giordano's, beer, peanuts, ice cream, etc."
"A beautiful boutique hotel nestled on a tree-lined street in the Gold Coast neighborhood, just a couple of blocks from the beach. The Maison Margiela décor and products make for a minimal, cool, and cozy stay."
"Everyone said we had to do this, and I am so glad we listened. It is a cruise on the river organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. You see some of the most incredible buildings from a unique position."
"Kitschy spot serving HUGE portions and all the breakfast classics. The pancakes were as good as they look, and they accommodated my odd request for peanut butter (Butler family tradition)."
"Delicious baked oysters and inventive cocktails. Super-charming interiors and staff. It is in Bucktown, so it's a perfect stop after shopping at P.45 (and Intermix, Aesop, and some of the other cute spots in the area)."
"You have to see a comedy show here. All the greats got their starts at Second City—Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Bill Murray, Chris Farley, Belushi, Aykroyd, Steve Carell—the list goes on and on."
"Amazing boutique in Bucktown known for its well-curated selection of designers. The store is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The owner, Tricia, is lovely and still spends time on the floor with her loyal customers. And they carry Veda!"