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Chicago’s Guilty Pleasures

February 4, 2011 5:46 AM

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Take a walk down Michigan Avenue and Chicago’s guilty pleasures are displayed like candy. No wonder it’s one of the most popular streets in the country.

Chocolate

Ghirardelli and Hershey’s chocolate are right across the street from each other. Coincidence? I think not. Chocolate lovers go wild daily in these stores, including myself. You can find all of your favorites, including chocolate and peanut butter, dark chocolate, chocolate and raspberry, fudge, white chocolate — Mmm…. chocogasm!

Ghirardelli

www.ghirardelli.com
830 North Michigan Avenue # 1
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-9330

Hershey’s

www.hersheys.com
822 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 337-7711

Wine and Chocolate

Eno has the best selection of chocolate and wine pairings, hands down. I knew wine and cheese was a great pairing, but Eno’s chocolate is OMG, to die for. I don’t think there is anything I love more than that combination. Well, except for a fabulous pair of five-inch pumps.

www.enowinerooms.com
200 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 946-7000

505 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 321-8738

shop.nordstrom.com

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Shoe Fetish

I hear angels singing in the distance when I walk into the Nordstrom’s famous shoe department. This Nordstrom carries all the high-end shoes as well, which is unlike any other Nordstrom in the area. Hello Michael Kors pumps, I think I’ll take you. Then I will stroll up the Mag Mile to hit up Aldo to match my cocktail dress and, then on to Nine West to match my business suit. Life. Is. Rough.

Nordstrom Shops

Shop.Nordstrom.com
520 N Michigan Ave # 328
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 379-4300

Aldo

www.aldoshoes.com
605 North Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 644-6255

932 North Rush Street
Chicago , IL 60611
(312) 943-4176

Nine West

www.ninewest.com
701 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 642-4135

25 E. Washington Street #108
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 984-0151

Expensive Handbags

Take a walk down Michigan Avenue and you’ll find multiple stores to satisfy your cravings. Coach, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Michael Kors you name it. You can even stop by Neiman Marcus to have them all in one place. For those of you with handbag fetishes, push your pleasure buttons by just window-shopping a few blocks.

Coach

www.coach.com
625 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 587-3167

Louis Vuitton

www.louisvuitton.com
919 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611-1681
(312) 944-1183

Gucci

www.gucci.com
900 N Michigan Ave # 101
Chicago, IL 60611-6555
(312) 664-5504

Chanel

www.chanel.com
935 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-5500

Michael Kors

www.michaelkors.com
900 N Michigan Ave # 102
Chicago, IL 60611-6534
(312) 640-1122

Neiman Marcus

www.neimanmarcus.com
737 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-5900

Extravagant Spa Treatments

In my opinion, the best spa in Chicago is the Peninsula Spa by ESPA. This spa has every treatment you can imagine, including a full gym with personal training, complimentary classes, a lap pool and a sun deck. Everyone deserves a great spa treatment, and here you are treated like royalty. Too expensive for you? Come by the Prudential Plaza and receive fabulous manicures and pedicures by Nailcessity. While you will have to skip the massage they have your waxing, threading, and eye lash perms!

The Peninsula Spa by ESPA

www.peninsula.com
108 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2645
(312) 337-2888

Nailcessity

www.nailcessity.com
180 North Stetson
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 540-0019

Lingerie

I know you’ve been waiting for me to bring this one up because when you think guilty pleasures, this is the first thing that comes to mind. Get your head out of the gutter! I enjoy tasteful, which includes the luxurious La Perla or the less expensive, but just as pretty, Victoria’s Secret. Both are very elegant and both know how to drive your significant other crazy.

La Perla

www.laperla.com
535 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 494-0400

Victoria’s Secret

www.victoriassecret.com
830 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 664-2711

Alycia Nicole


Alycia Nicole
is a concierge in the heart of downtown Chicago. Don’t judge her on her guilty pleasures.

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