Spoiled in Chicago
July 1, 2022 5:32 PM   Subscribe

Let’s keep it absolutely indulgent - whatever that means to you.

Open to any and all wonderful, wild, luxurious, or niche suggestions to fill an over the top long weekend in Chicago and/or surrounding areas. Trust that recipient of this ask would never ask for themselves and is truly deserving. Recipient is open to experience and time of year is not important.
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posted by tealcake at 6:37 PM on July 1, 2022 [3 favorites]

Afternoon tea at the Langham or the Drake.
posted by BlahLaLa at 7:43 PM on July 1, 2022

A friend loves multistory craft cocktail bar Celeste, especially the roof.
posted by eyeball at 9:02 PM on July 1, 2022

Also Little Goat Diner (or any of her associated restaurants) is beloved.

And for a smaller treat, Te’amo for more indulgent bubble tea (and dessert). They deliver too.
posted by eyeball at 9:08 PM on July 1, 2022

Dinner at Bavette’s! A cake decorating workshop at Bon Vivant!
posted by katiec at 9:18 PM on July 1, 2022

I’ve never actually done it but Aire Ancient Baths is the first thing I thought of when I read “absolutely indulgent”
posted by theodolite at 9:18 PM on July 1, 2022 [1 favorite]

cocktails at "The Aviary"
posted by alchemist at 9:56 PM on July 1, 2022 [1 favorite]

Are they looking for a hotel? Over the top luxurious has to be The Langham or (in suburban Lake Forest, a 45 minute Metra ride away) the Deer Path Inn.

Spa services if that’s their jam: If you want the name of a really great massage therapist (on the NW side, so not super convenient, but worth it) memail me. Also know a great person for brows/facials. They both book out months ahead but there’s a reason!

I love love the garden at Bistro Campagne in Lincoln Square for dinner, I think it’s the prettiest and tastiest around, but I also never leave my neighborhood haha. In winter I’ve always meant to go to the atrium restaurant at Restoration Hardware, but I haven’t actually done it.
posted by goodbyewaffles at 3:26 AM on July 2, 2022

The Nick Cave exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art is fantastic, and open til October 2nd. We had brunch at the attached Marisol restaurant and it was absolutely delicious. Fresh hot beignets to start, my husband had the french toast and I had the cilber. It was truly amazing. I never expect food at museums to be particularly good, but this was great. I'd go back just to eat.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 5:30 AM on July 2, 2022 [3 favorites]

How about chartering a sailboat for a sunset cruise on Lake Michigan?
posted by Bunglegirl at 10:11 AM on July 2, 2022

Vosges Chocolate.
posted by jocelmeow at 12:29 PM on July 2, 2022

Geja's Fondue - Fantastic fondue, beautiful venue, sometimes live guitar music while you eat. Also right next to Lincoln Park so nice to walk around before/after.
posted by unid41 at 2:01 PM on July 2, 2022

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