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City Guide: Lincoln Park

We love Chicago and our first Chicago City Guide is Lincoln Park – historic, yet fresh. And, a mere $10 cab ride away from our store on Michigan Avenue – the Magnificent Mile.

City Guide to Lincoln Park in the Windy City


Authentic tapas and pinxtos served in small portions, so you can explore all the different flavors of Spain. (Not to mention some of the best dang sangria we’ve had.)

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba


Brunch to dinner and everything in between. You can even order online with friends if you’re having an especially hard time getting up and moving after a long night of partying.



Have a drink downstairs at this Irish sports bar, then make your way up to The Apartment for a dance party that’s always packed on a Saturday night.



Or maybe you want to class it up a bit? Try this small, cozy eatery in beautiful Historic Uptown Marysville, serving wine varietals from all over the world.



Looking to kick back with a few casual drinks and catch some sports action? Mickey’s is your place. It’s one of Chicago’s biggest and best beer gardens AND has a kickass outdoor patio.



If live music is your thing, you have to scope out Lilly’s. This historic landmark-turned-nightclub features a 100-year-old brick floor and an eclectic mix of music. Discover someone awesome? We want to know! Tweet and/or Shazam to us with #ExpressRocks.



Like the neighborhood, the hotel is historic yet fresh, fun though eccentric, active but relaxed. It’s where the energy of urban life meets 1,200 green acres and Lake Michigan.



Choose City Suites for trend-setting, boutique comfort just north of downtown and perfectly positioned in the vivacious Boystown district.



The holy grail of fitness in Lincoln Park. World-class athletic club with classes like spinning, cardio jam, yoga, muscle definition, and – hello – a rock climbing wall. Snag a guest pass and stick to your workout routine while on the road.



A hidden gem offering an intimate boutique experience. Blowouts, massages, infrared sauna therapy, mani/pedis and waxings…it’s a true sanctuary in the city.



11:00am – Sleep in at your hotel and order your brunch online from Dunlay’s. Slip on your best street-chic outfit and head out for a morning bite.

12:30pm – You can’t not visit Lincoln Park Zoo when you’re in Chicago. Be sure to scope out Boardwalk in Bloom or the seasonal decorations. Snap a photo & tag with #EXPCityLife – we’d love to see!

2:30pm – Feeling inspired? Check out MetroMix to see what’s happening this weekend. Whether it’s a music, art or food fest – just go do it! Don’t think twice.

3:30pm – In need of a quick workout? Snag a guest pass to LPAC and get your sweat on.

5:00pm – Quick shower back at the hotel. Then, head to Custom Hair Lounge + Spa to get glammed up for the night.

6:30pm – Nothing to wear? Find your perfect outfit for a night out by grabbing a cab and hitting up Express on Michigan Avenue.

7:30pm – Get dressed at the hotel while checking out our Own the Moment playlist on Spotify for some tunes to pump you up. 9:00pm – Starving? Grab some tapas and sangria at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba before your big night out.

10:30pm – Time. To. Party. Warm up with a few drinks at Lion’s Head then head upstairs to The Apartment for a night of dancing. Nightcap? Always! We suggest Lilly’s so you can enjoy some awesome music.

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City Guide – Union Square

Union Square has come to describe not just the plaza itself, but also the amazing shopping, dining and theater districts within the surrounding blocks. In the spirit of San Francisco, we’ve selected some cool, environmentally friendly options for you.

Union Square City Guide in San Francisco

So over the tourist stops? We pulled together some things to do that will help you appreciate a different side of the city.


San Fran is known for its food for a reason. Try out these cute cafes & light bites.

Tataki Sushi & Sake BarTataki Sushi & Sake Bar

The first sustainable sushi restaurant in the U.S., this spot serves responsibly sourced, environmentally friendly seafood.

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Located in Little Paris, this cute café has live jazz on the weekends and an intimate bar. Great for a quick espresso or a light, refreshing lunch.

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We’ve narrowed the bustling nightlife down to a few favorites. You won’t be disappointed.


Named one of “the World’s 35 Hottest New Nightclubs” by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine, Infusion Lounge San Francisco has created a vibrant club-going experience.

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Considered a social gathering place that “feels like home but better,” this bar has an impressive Latin-leaning cocktail list.

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On of the largest non-profit theaters in the country, the A.C.T. always has a show running, whether you’re into classical or contemporary performances.

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Inspired by the sultry scene that thrived here at the turn of the century, this club is renowned for its awesome music, comedy and variety of live performances.

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We’ve found the best and most-unique options in the ‘hood for you to lay your head.


Boasting the largest hotel rooms in downtown SF, this boutique hotel is pet-friendly and houses a craft cocktail lounge for winding down.

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The eco-friendly Orchard Hotel is San Francisco’s first LEED certified hotel – intimate and charming, it also has an on-site restaurant focused on locally sourced, organic fare.

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We’re venturing just outside the Square to let you know about a few of the country’s best beauty spots.


San Fran’s best hair salon, according to Allure Magazine – pick from several different styles at the new blow dry bar.

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Named one of the Country’s Best Wax Spots by Vogue, this place does ‘brows, bikinis and everything in between.

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  1. 11:00am – Enjoy sleeping in at your hotel, find something to wear and get your day started.
  2. 12:00pm – Grab a coffee and pastry at Café Claude while strolling through the charming streets of Little Paris.
  3. 12:30pm – Hike up to the charming City Lights Booksellers to find a good read. Indulge your inner bookworm back in Union Square while you people watch and relax. Be sure to check out the Hearts in San Francisco art installation at each of the four corners of the square. Snap a photo & tag with #EXPCityLife – we’d love to see!
  4. 2:30pm –Stroll down Maiden Lane for a look inside the only Frank Lloyd Wright building in the city. Head up the spiral staircase to check out the folk art gallery upstairs.
  5. 3:30pm – Sweat all your stress out by hitting up StudioMix for a yoga, boot camp or dance class.
  6. 5:00pm – Take a quick shower back at the hotel. Then, grab the Powell cable cars and head to Cinta or Stript Wax Bar (or both!) to get cleaned up for the night.
  7. 6:30pm – Nothing to wear? Find the perfect outfit for the night by hitting up Express in Union Square.
  8. 9:00pm – A quick bite before a night out? Grab sushi at Tataki.
  9. 10:30pm – It’s time to party! Warm up with a drink and live music at 50 Mason Social House, then dance the night away at Infusion Lounge. Finish off the night in the warm ambiance of Cantina.

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City Guide: Upper East Side

Welcome to the first edition of the EXP City Guides, where we’ve handpicked some our favorite spots in cities across the world. And what better place to start than the Upper East Side of NYC – our home and our heart. Check back soon to see what cities we’ll be hitting up in the coming months!

City Guide

So over the tourist stops? We pulled together some things to do that will help you appreciate a different side of the city.

Hotels in Manhattan

Skip the cliché chain hotels and check out one of these adorable boutiques. They’re places you wouldn’t find in other cities and they’re so New York.

The Mark HotelThe Mark HotelA 5-star hotel with lavish rooms

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The Bentley HotelThe Bentley HotelA Manhattan hotel overlooking New York City’s East River, featuring European-inspired rooms

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We’ve scoured the Yelp reviews and found some of the more “hidden gems” of the Upper East Side eateries. Keep it healthy and light with these options.

Juice GenerationJuice GenerationFresh juice, smoothies and raw food, all local and organic

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VEATERYVEATERYExquisite Vietnamese cuisine made from fresh and local ingredients

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ICHI ROICHI ROWatch skillful sushi chefs show off their artistic culinary talents

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UVA WINE BARUVA WINE BARA NYC favorite with a rustic and relaxed vibe

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We’ve selected these spots for their sleek, chic and classic uptown vibe. Who knows, you might spot a celeb or two.

LAVOLAVOA nightlife hybrid that manages to mix a lounge with live music

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Session 73Session 73Italian restaurant by day, dance party central by night

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Need a little inspiration for things to do while out and about? Check out some our favorite stops.

The Dry BarThe Dry BarNo cuts. No color. Just blowouts. This place makes getting ready easy.

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  • 10:00am – Get a wake-up call from the hotel and order buttermilk pancakes from room service. Throw on something casual yet chic and head out.
  • 12:00pm – Kick start the day with an energizing beverage from Juice Generation. Need to find a juice bar closer to you? Check out The Juice Map for options.
  • 12:30pm – Enjoy your juice at Carl Schurz Park while plotting your next move. Stroll through one of the many promenades or watch the pups play in the dog run.
  • 1:30pm – Take a walking tour of the Upper East Side and check out the Central Park Zoo, FAO Schwartz and the incredible Whitney Museum. Feeling inspired? Snap a photo & tag with #EXPCityLife. We’d love to see it!
  • 4:30pm – In need of some pampering? Hit up Dry Bar for a blowout and a mimosa, and let the professionals do the work for you.
  • 6:00pm – What to wear, what to wear… find the perfect outfit for a night out by hitting up Express on Madison Ave.
  • 7:30pm – Freshen up back at the hotel. Check out the Billboard Hot 100 playlist on Spotify for some tunes to pump you up.
  • 9:00pm – Now, a quick bite before a night of dancing. Grab sushi at Ichi Ro or tapas at Uva Wine Bar.
  • 11:00pm – Party time. Hot spots to hit: Session73 and Lavo.
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Meet Alec: Our Skinniest Jeans For Men

Meet Alec: Our Skinniest Jeans For Men

Check out denim’s breakout star: The Alec Super Skinny Jean. Fully streamlined and skinny from hip to hem, our designers created a precision fit with a hint of stretch for comfort. If you’re looking to go bold, our trimmest fit is sure to do the trick. Try on a pair in any of the three washes for an entirely cool, rebellious look.

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The Weekend Fix: Crawl for Cancer

The Weekend Fix - Crawl for Cancer
Do / See
Organize a Crawl for CancerOrganize a Crawl for Cancer

Round up a team and register to crawl in one of more than 20 cities around the country. Ten people, five bars, one really good time. Check out to see if there’s a Crawl in your city, or to contact them about starting one.

Wear: For Her

This fit and flare dress is uber-cute, and it really comes to life with accessories – like this braided belt, tassel bag and straw hat.


Golden rule of Crawl hydration:
For every 2 beers consumed, drink 1 full glass of water.

Express Recommends MyTouchTunes AppMYTOUCHTUNES APP

Change the song on the jukebox at your favorite watering hole without ever leaving your bar stool. Search songs, create playlists and if you don’t feel like waiting, make your song first by jumping the queue.

Wear: For Him

It’s the last week of April; it’s time to break out the shorts. Take this belted, plaid pair and match it back to a neutral polo for a look that’s cool and casual.

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