Here is the perfect shopping afternoon on Michigan Ave with an emphasis on food & booze stops. When you need a break from perusing the racks and working out the credit card head to the 6th floor at Barney’s for a boozey lunch at FRED’s. Then head around the corner [pass more stores], and get your sweet on at MORE cupcakes. If you are still tearing it up as you head south on Michigan Ave then don’t let that buzz wear off – POP’s is just what you need.
FRED’s – At Barneys is a shoppers institution in New York and now in Chicago.
WHERE: 15 East Oak Street, Chicago, IL 60611
WHAT: There are salads galore here, a decent size and fresh and flavorful – try the Fred’s Chopped Chicken Salad or the Madison Ave Chopped Salad with 17 ingredients. I like the crab-cakes they are truly meaty, and they will even split the dish for two if you want to share a starter. Pizza is made in a Neapolitan style, represented with respect I might add. They have a brunch and happy-hour appetizer menu, besides the regular menu there are specials on offer, and a substantial dinner menu. The prices are not a bargain, but they do come with service that is impeccable and always gracious, not to forget to mention that the place is perfect for people watching.
WHEN: This spot is open 7 days a week: Monday to Thursday from 11.30AM – 10.00PM: on Friday from 11.30AM – 11.00PM: and on Saturday they open at 11.00AM – 11.00PM: and Sunday they are open from 11.00AM – 6.00PM – call to double-check (312) 596-1111
HOW: Dine-In || Walk-In || Reservations
MORE - The fabulous cupcakes from the very talented Patty Rothman.
WHERE:1 East Delaware Pl, Chicago, Illinois 60611
WHAT: They have regular sized cupcakes in a long list of delicious flavors that changes daily [salted caramel, red velvet, pumpkin .. etc.], they even go so far as to have savory flavors like BLT & Foie Gras, but I am always drawn to the mini-cup-cakes referred to as ‘moresels’ and are sold in ’flights’. The presentation is refined and ‘tailored’, as for taste, everything here wants you wanting – well – MORE!
WHEN: They are open: Monday to Friday from 8.00AM – 9.00PM; Saturday from 9.00AM – 9.00PM; and Sunday 10.00AM – 6.00PM– call to double-check (312) 951-0001
HOW: Take-Out || Special Orders
POP’s for Champagne – A great stop to celebrate all you fab shopping finds.
WHERE: 601 North State St, Chicago, IL 60610
WHAT: If you are here during the week they do their Cheese and Charcuterie Boards at half price – they are not only beautifully presented and curated, they are delicious. The pasta is fantastic and the type changes frequently as does the entire menu. The pork belly that we had recently was dreamy [or was that the champagne ?]. Speaking of bubbles, they have a great selection of Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco, with decent cocktails and have a good selection of beers too.
WHEN: This is an afternoon into the evening spot open 7 days a week opening at 3.00PM until 2.00AM, Saturday they open 2 hours earlier at 1.ooPM – call to double-check (312) 266-7677
HOW: Dine-In || Walk-In