So here you have it ladies and gents, Nicole's responses to the Weekend Warrior questions:
Favorite restaurant fit to bring a foodie: Mercat a la Planxa in the South Loop! This place is absolutely amazing. Unique and rare cheeses, desserts that you can’t stop eating made of things you’d initially never think of putting together, great meats, everything is made to perfection with detail. The wait staff is extremely friendly and well-versed on the menu as well.
[interior of Social 25]
Favorite place to imbibe: My new favorite bar is Social 25. Their live music is awesome, it’s a good size, and the crowd is fun to look at yet not pretentious.
[South Coast sushi]
Most loved romantic date night consists of: Dinner for two. I always want Italian (top vote goes to Rosebud) or sushi (love South Coast) on date nights. Then cocktails at a few low-key bars which we can actually hear each other. Classy cocktail favorites: Le Bar at The Sofitel and D.O.C Wine Bar in Lincoln Park. I usually start missing my puppy at this point, so I wouldn’t mind ending the night at Clark Street Ale House because it’s close to my house and I can bring my yellow lab Giada there!
[view atop The Wit]
Elected ladies night out agenda: We usually start out with a few bottles of cheap pink champagne at someone’s house, then hop around River North (District, English, Rockit, Theory, Hub, Social 25, LaSalle Power Co when it’s not packed). Here are some other Ladies Night favorites:
Coolest View: The Wit
Best Cheap Martinis: Moxie
Best Late-Night Bar: Frank’s (Lincoln Park)- ask for Shawann on Saturday nights.
Preferred place to shop fashion: I love mixing H&M and Forever21 with classic more expensive pieces to balance trendy and timeless.
Favorite place to shop for fun: Nordstrom and Tails in the City - a pet boutique!
Ideal place to shop food: Trader Joe’s! Love their house brands, their roasted red pepper artichoke spread, soups, and cheap wine!
Lincoln Park Zoo (weather permitting), Michigan Avenue, or North Avenue Beach.
[Chicago St. Patrick's day parade drum line]
Favorite way to enjoy Chicago culture: walking on the lake and eating the food! Oh, and I can’t leave out the quite rowdy culture that comes out on St. Patrick’s Day!
[Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood]
Favorite way to enjoy a Chicago weekend (Friday night through Sunday afternoon):
It varies but here are a few favs:
Best Breakfast Buffet: Anywhere with a Bloody Mary bar and macaroni & cheese!
Favorite Place to watch a game with friends: State or West End
Favorite Place to get work done on a Saturday: Starbucks on Rush in Gold Coast.
Best day drinking spot: Wrigleyville
So there you have it. I think it's safe to say Nicole knows the definition of the word fun! She also though knows how to put on her power suit and show what it means to be a successful businesswoman. Thanks Nicole for being such a well-rounded Weekend Warrior!
Cheers to you all ~ may you have many fantastic weekends ahead!