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Chicago Guide: 24 Hours in Chicago

OVME opened it’s newest studio in the Windy City this fall with an epic video projection installation and a host of virtual influencer events. We’re already loving what we see: Even in a socially distanced landscape, the city thrums with life. Trendy neighborhoods like the West Loop and Gold Coast have completely reinvented outdoor dining (think astroturf covered streets and individual heated greenhouses); massive art installations abound at every turn (including a virtual mural that sweeps across the blocks-long Merchandise Mart); and the people are all about good vibes, an OVME must. As we settle in, we’re pegging some of our favorite spots for spending at day in the Second City.  

STAY: Nobu Hotel Chicago

This LA transplant was a long time coming, and finally opened its doors in early 2020. It’s in the always hot West Loop—just steps from tons of trendy eateries along Restaurant Row, plus an new crop of chic boutiques—and features Japanese-inspired decor with a modern edge. Stop by The Sushi Bar or hit The Rooftop for cocktails with a view. 

INDULGE: OVME Chicago

Chicago Guide

Since opening in October—amid a global pandemic, no less—OVME’s stunning Chicago studio has attracted a host of notables, including “Real Housewives” star and new Chicagoan Tinsley Mortimer and actor Colin Egglesfield. It’s quickly become a go-to for everything from Botox and fillers to soothing Hyrdafacials, but the crème de la crème is its laser services. Dip your toes in with a BBL laser resurfacing treatment to reduce the visible signs of aging and—bonus—the Grand Opening deal still applies: Book now to receive 20% off your first visit.

SWEAT: Studio Three

A trio of disciplines—interval training, cycling and yoga—come together under one roof (or two, if you count both locations) at this unique, community-driven fitness studio. Members can maximize the impact of their workouts by cross-training with all three tracks, or pick and choose their favorite classes and instructors. Depending on the weather, outdoor workouts at the social-distancing-friendly Arena offer an array of eye candy in the form of colorful urban murals to soak up while you sweat. 

SHOP: Christina Karin

This chic showroom features a wall of black-and-white fashion photography, but what’s on the clothing racks is the real art: Chicago-based label Christina Karin’s collection exudes urban edge with a palette of neutrals and mod fabrics like vegan leather. Among the range of effortless essentials is a to-die-for suede moto with zip-off sleeves and the perfect white blouse, plus ultra elevated pieces like an ankle-length sleeveless faux fur coat. (Store owner and designer Christina Karin Monley is an It Girl in her own right, so it’s no surprise that she’s also an OVME client.)

EXPLORE: The 606

Chicago is a mecca for walkers, joggers, bladers and bikers alike. The lakefront path is an 18-mile-long classic, and the new Riverwalk offers another aquatic view plus plenty of spots to stop and sip. But if you want a bit of history and culture infused into your exploration, check out The 606. Resurrected on an old abandoned rail line in the Wicker Park neighborhood, the nearly three-mile trail has rotating public art installations, engaging science initiatives and green space galore. 

BAR HOP: Uproar

A brand-new hotspot from some of Chicago’s nightlife elite, Uproar has a menu of craveable bar bites with culinary twists—but the drink list is what you’ll want to hone in on: The Olé Fashioned gets a twist with bourbon and mezcal, and the spicy martini features house-made pickle brine. Finish your drink and head north on Wells Street, where you’ll find a dozen other bars and restaurants to keep the party going. 

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