So you’re in Chicago for business? We asked Danielle Martin, the owner of Chicago-based Soap Distillery, what she’d recommend for travelers who only have two hours or one afternoon to spend seeing the city. Soap Distillery puts a “boozy spin” on bath and body care products. To create her Whisky, Mint Mojito, Bourbon, Beer & Cigarettes (trust us! It smells great!), and other scented soaps, sugar scrubs, and lip balms, Danielle mixes rich ingredients like olive oil with special scents like dried tobacco leaves, vanilla, or oakmoss.
For Travelers Who Like: Danielle recommends that travelers who love to eat and shop visit one of Chicago’s many farmers' markets. Chicago has the widest selection of farmers' markets that we've seen. When the weather is chilly, we suggest choosing the Chicago French Market, one of the city’s indoor markets.
Where to Go: The Chicago French Market is located on the lower level of the Metra Train Station at 131 N. Clinton.
What Makes It Special: The Chicago French Market is Chicago’s only year-round indoor marketplace and food hall. It has a broad collection of over 30 local vendors offering unique products. You can take artisan cheeses, baked goods, and charcuterie (like locally-made prosciutto) back to your hotel to snack on. If you’re there at meal time, you can dine on authentic dishes from Vietnam, Korea, Mexico, and India.
Don’t Miss: Don’t leave without trying the Belgian frites, thick cut fries served with a yummy mayonnaise dressing drizzled on top or on the side for dipping. And yes, it’s probably as fattening as it sounds!
Business travel can be stressful enough but having to travel for work during the holidays can make you feel guilty and pressed for time. You're out of town while you should be spending time with family or holiday shopping. Why not pick up a few gifts while you’re on the road? Here are a few souvenirs that make good holiday gifts as well.