No doubt about it. We’re the coolest kid on the block. But where do you start at a place with never-ending options? We’re glad you asked! We took it upon ourselves to boil down the all the best things about Block 37 into a select five. You’re welcome in advance. From tapas to technology to turquoise, here are our favorite things to do at our favorite place in Chicago.
One minute you’re in Chicago, the next you’re on the streets of Spain. Then you realize that you’ve just stepped into Latinicity Food Hall & Lounge. Headed up by world-famous chef Richard Sandoval, this Block 37 original puts a twist on Latin street food with 10 kitchens, a tapas restaurant, coffee café, full bar, market and lounge.
Need to talk about Saturday night shenanigans over Sunday morning drinks? Latinicity’s Sunday Brunch (11AM-6PM) features cocktails like Spanish mimosas, micheladas, cheladas and one of the best Bloody Marys – or we should say, Bloody Marias – in all of Chicago.
Elsewhere on the map, Simply Thalia features Asian fusion cuisine, sushi, and Thai classics. You’ll want all of it, and dim sum. (We promise the food is better than our jokes.)
37 out of 37 fashion fanatics agree, we’re home to some of the best shopping in Chicago. From the largest Zara in the city (coming soon!) to the beloved Anthropologie and local favorite Akira, Block 37 is your closet’s closest friend.
The Flowing Shorts (Zara, $50) and Rosette Lace Shift Dress (Anthropologie, $158) are right on track with Spring’s orange obsession, and the Seychelles Platform Wedges ($100) and Patina Fringe Necklace ($98) – both from Anthopologie – are turning us all onto turquoise. The Lenny Niemeyer Carmen Maillot Swimsuit (Anthropologie, $255) and Braided Cotton Turban Hairband (Zara, $16) are perfect for Spring Break days, while the Olive Bow Flare Dress (Akira, $60) and Camellia Dropwaist Dress (Anthropologie, $148) will look equal parts classy and caliente during Spring Break nights.
Block 37 knows that adulting is hard. Every now and then you need to wind down with Minnie and Merlot, or activate Storm Trooper mode when talking to a client. Personalizable Minnie Wine Glasses ($27) and the Captain Phasma Voice Changing Mask ($25) have got these touchy times taken care of. Mini Minnie Dishes ($4) put the kitsch in kitchen, and nobody needs to know what’s in your Bambi Mug ($15). Yea, BB-8 ($40) knows how we roll.
Keyboard Sneakers ($62) take us back to afternoons spent composing songs on our bedroom floor, and if you want a throwback to the days of pretty pleases and cherries on top, there’s no better place than at the Chicago location of New York’s sweet tooth factory, Magnolia Bakery. Go ahead, eat dessert first. We won’t tell mom and dad.
Conveniently located along Chicago’s Pedway, Block 37 is a big fan of two-footed transportation. Plus we have everything you need to put your best foot forward during a day of shopping.
The Rita Ora Geisha Sweatshirt (Akira, $80), Coralie Long-Line Bra and Ramble Leggings (Anthropologie, $58 and $97) know that style doesn’t break for fitness. Tie up your Adidas by Stella McCartney Valencia Sneakers (Anthropologie, $170), throw on your King Kylie Hat (Akira, $22), then head out the door.
Chicago heat’s nothing to play around with, so make sure to fill up frequently with S’well Reusable Water Bottles (Anthropologie, $35-$45). Use the Elsewhere Weekender (Anthropologie, $65) to carry around everything you need for the day and even let it serve as a shopping tote! Finally, after a long day of stairs, steps and sales, treat your tootsies to some much needed Shea Butter Foot Cream (L’Occitane, $28).
If you’ve never experienced AMC Dine-In Theatres, you’ve been doing movies all wrong. With in-theater dining (translation: you can eat cheesecake in your seats) and reclining chairs, this is way beyond your standard Friday night. Guests can also order beer, wine and cocktails from the resident bar, MacGuffins (named after a term coined by Alfred Hitchcock). Toast when the good guys win, drown your sorrows when your favorite character dies. This is our kind of Hollywood buzz.
The Chicago Design Museum, the nation’s first and only interactive MOTO Shop, and a beauty day at Sephora.