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Summer Lovin’

June 10, 2016
The Perfect Day… Romance!

After a long frigid winter, Chi-town is finally ready to whip off her woollies and reignite her love affair with the great outdoors, and this ol’ gal never looks better than in summer. Let LUXE whisk you off on the perfect day of summer romance... Swoon!

Kick off your courtship with breakfast at Ann Sather. A local staple serving sweet and savoury Swedish faves, including a standout cinnamon roll whose aroma alone will have you head over heels. After your breakfast date, jump aboard a 1920s-style boat for a 90-minute archi-tour led by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Smooth sailing and iconic skyline scenes... Sigh.

Hop off and take lunch at Mercat a la Planxa, where sharing is caring with palate-tickling Catalan tapas and cervezas for two. If it’s Friday or the weekend, head off to antique paradise Salvage One to root and rummage through 60,000sqft of treasures (like vintage clawfoot tubs and Corinthian columns) to deck out your own love shack. Or, if you’re after something smaller – but with equal woo-factor – make an appointment with Whitney Abrams for high-carat gold, glittering gems, and other girl’s-best-friend pieces. Then for his and hers custom garb, it’s over to traddy tailor Frederick Lynn Haberdasshere.

The sun is setting, so it’s time for an arm-in-arm stroll along the lakefront. Start at the corner of W Armitage and N Clark, walking towards N Stockton; bear right then left at N Ridge to follow the mini-bridge over South Pond and admire the darling downtown views. Seasonal American sups beckon at Mich-starred waterside North Pond. Finally, top off a knee-weakening day with an eye-watering show at comedy stalwart Second City, before collapsing into your Egyptian cotton sheets in your perf Pen suite!

Ann Sather / 909 W Belmont Ave / Lakeview East / +1 733 348 2378 / 7am-3pm Mon-Fri, 7am-4pm Sat-Sun /

Chicago Architecture Foundation / 224 S Michigan Ave / The Loop / +1 312 922 3432 / 9am-9pm daily /

Mercat a la Planxa / 638 S Michigan Ave / Grant Park / +1 312 765 0524 / all day daily /

Salvage One / 1840 W Hubbard St / West Town / +1 312 733 0098 / 11am-5pm Fri, 9am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun /

Whitney Abrams / Suite 301 / 1 E Superior St / Near North Side / +1 312 337 6687 / by appt only /

Frederick Lynn Haberdasshere / 9 E Huron St / Near North Side / +1 312 496 3994 / 8am-6pm Mon-Thu, 8am-5pm Fri-Sat /

North Pond / 2610 N Cannon Dr / Lincoln Park / +1 773 477 5845 / brunch Sun, dinner Sun-Wed /

Second City / 1616 N Wells St / Lincoln Park / +1 312 337 3992 /