Whether you're planning a last-minute spring break or just itching to get away, Chicago is a great weekend trip from Detroit.
A quick jaunt to Chi-Town is short, sweet, and rejuvenating.
Detroiters have easy access to Chicago for weekend getaways and hopping off the grid.
How to get there
I recommend taking the Megabus or Greyhound to Chicago. Parking can be a nightmare in the city, it's nice not to worry about a car. If there's anything we've learned from indie movies; long bus rides are the best time to restructure your character.
I recently took a Greyhound for the first time- because yes, I stereotyped the brand and thought Greyhound was scary. I was wrong. It was nicer than any Megabus I’ve been on.
The driver was dressed professionally, the seats were nice leather, and the bus terminals felt more official than Megabus’ curbside pickup.
Both Megabus and Greyhound tickets average about $25, rates fluctuate depending on date and availability.
You can also drive, take the train, or fly easily into the city.
Where to stay
If you are on a budget and looking for an adventure, stay at HI Chicago Hostel. Prices range from $20 a night for a shared dorm-style room to $150 a night for a private suite. Dorms are same-sex and feel safe for solo female travelers.
I can’t say enough good things about HI Chicago Hostel; It’s nicer than a cheap hotel room, a phenomenal breakfast spread is included, and, in my opinion, hostels are more fun than hotels.
If a hostel is not your cup of tea, try Hotel Lincoln. It has a unique vintage decor and is located in one of my favorite neighborhoods, Lincoln Park.
As for the nightlife...
Danny’s is a cool bar with good music.
Detroit DJ, Anthony Jasper once said in a J’adore Exclusive, “Bad music isn’t tolerated in Detroit.” Partying in other cities proves his sentiment right. I can not believe how many bars play Top 40 hits from 2016. Skip the corny bars and go to Danny’s. It has an authentic vibe comparable to Temple Bar in Detroit.
Whether you listen to the Blues or not, Kingston Mines is a riot of a time. The crowd is fun, people are dancing, and the performers are spectacular. It’s a Chicago staple and for good reason. Kingston Mines will take you back to a swankier time.
Go for dinner, drinks or literally just to sit on the couches at 3 Arts Club Cafe. It’s located inside Restoration Hardware’s immaculate Chicago Gallery. The couches are famously comfortable and live up to the hype. Sitting on one of their perfectly plumed couches feels like sinking into a cloud.
I’m coming back for the chandelier when I have a mansion to put it in.