CITY GUIDE: WEEKEND IN L.A.

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L.A., we love you so. After a crew of our photographers, models and stylists flew out for our latest campaign shoot, they worked up a short list of favorite spots to eat, drink, hang and people-watch. If Los Angeles is on your to-go list, read on for a whirlwind weekend agenda of things you won’t want to miss.

Friday Night In Santa Monica

The Bungalow
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The Bungalow on Wilshire Blvd. is a laid-back spot with a beach house vibe. Featuring lots of open-air seating and a stunning view of the ocean, it’s got couches for getting cozy, plus ping pong and an indoor pool table for unleashing the shark within. It’s a popular place, so plan on a wait. Our suggestion: Beat the crowd by showing up on the early side of happy hour, then settle in with a cocktail or glass of wine and drink in the sunset.

Saturday Morning In Venice

Salt Air
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If you’re going coastal, you’ve got to do seafood. Salt Air on Abbot Kinney Blvd. has numerous options on its brunch menu, along with traditional morning meals (mmm… pancakes). Or you can make a meal of their sinfully rich monkey bread. If the calorie load’s weighing on you, just walk it off – Abbot Kinney is a window shopper’s dream.

Saturday Afternoon In Hollywood

Hollywood

Up for a down and dirty L.A. experience? Head to the TCL Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. and climb aboard the TMZ Tour. In two hours you’ll get an earful of gossip and a view of the Hollywood sign, along with lots more notorious locations. You might even spot a famous face or two. And before and after you board the bus, check out decades of celebrity footprints on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Saturday Night In West Hollywood

Craig's

For a Saturday night splurge, head to Craig’s on Melrose for dinner. Perks: An old-school atmosphere, a diverse but classic-leaning menu and a better-than-average chance of a celebrity encounter. Or go genuinely old school and reserve a table at the intimate Hollywood institution Dan Tana’s on Santa Monica.

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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

Dining
CAFÉ BA-BA-REEBAFLAVORS OF SPAIN:

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

DUNLAY’SNEIGHBORHOOD GRILL:

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.

DUNLAY’S

Nightlife
LION’S HEADPUB MEETS DANCE CLUB:

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.

LION’S HEAD

D.O.C.WINE A LITTLE:

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.

D.O.C.

MICKEY’SBEST BEER GARDEN:

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.

MICKEY’S

LILLY’SECLECTIC MUSIC MIX:

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.

LILLY’S

Hotel
HOTEL LINCOLNHISTORY REVIVED:

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.

HOTEL LINCOLN

CITY SUITES HOTELHEART OF BOYSTOWN:

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

CITY SUITES HOTEL

Explore
LPACKICK-ASS FITNESS:

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.

LPAC

CUSTOM HAIR LOUNGE + SPASANCTUARY IN THE CITY:

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.

CUSTOM HAIR LOUNGE + SPA

Itinerary

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.
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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.

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.

Dining

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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CAFE CLAUDECAFE CLAUDE

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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Nightlife

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

INFUSION LOUNGEINFUSION LOUNGE

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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CANTINA SFCANTINA SF

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

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AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATERAMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER

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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50 SOCIAL CLUB50 SOCIAL CLUB

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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Hotel

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

HOTEL ADAGIOHOTEL ADAGIO

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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ORCHARD HOTELORCHARD HOTEL

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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Explore

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

CINTACINTA

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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STRIPTSTRIPT

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

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Itinerary
  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.