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Inspiration Hunters – Chicago Edition


Last month team Revel packed up the car and headed to the Windy City for a few days of inspiration hunting. With our grand opening coming up this spring, we’re hard at work seeking the boldest trends, brightest ideas and most Instagram-worthy DIY inspirations to bring joy and delight to our fellow Revelers.

From the glittering lights of Michigan Ave to the cozy bakeries and boutiques that lured us off the beaten path, getting out of our normal routine and exploring the streets of a new city was the perfect way to spark new possibilities.

Here were a few of our favorite finds:

  1. Soap stones – More proof that the gem trend is going strong! We’ve been crushing hard on these Pelle faceted soaps since we discovered them on our first day in the city. They smell ah-mazing and transform any bathroom into an envy-worthy boudoir. Don’t be surprised if you spy these in the Revel’s ladies room!

  1. Layered mirrors – Anthropologie always nails their window and in-store displays and Chicago’s storefronts were no exception. We fell in love with the effortlessly eclectic gold mirror installation in their new Block 37 store – and are already scheming ways to recreate the look for Revel.

Layered Mirrors


  1. Nutella crepes – We won’t admit how long we wandered around Eataly, nibbling on cheese and winking at the cute Italian guys behind the gelato counter, but we WILL tell you that the Nutella and banana crepes we devoured were TO. DIE. FOR. In fact, we’ve already added them to our upcoming Galentine’s Day brunch menu. Want to make your own? This recipe from The Yellow Table looks like a great starting point.



  1. Drybar – After trekking the chilly Chi-town streets, stepping into the perfumed warmth of Drybar’s salon seemed almost magical. Also magical was the skill of the stylists, who gave us three perfect blowouts in just under an hour. It was such a fun pick-me-up. Isn’t it amazing how much joy a little TLC can bring? 🙂 In Madison, our friends over at Arch are our go-to for sassy braids, killer brows, and of course – a totally indulgent blowout.


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  1. Luxe leather coasters – One of our stops was a very high-end design store. Yes – the kind where you can’t help feeling nervous that you’ll sneeze and knock something over. But we’re so glad we stopped in because we spotted these distressed gold leather coasters. Gorgeous, right? Don’t worry, we’re already working on a DIY way to recreate the look. Stay tuned!

Distressed gold leather coasters | Revel blog

  1. Champagne bears – We’ve been on the lookout for treats to serve at Revel and these adorable sugarfina gummy bears caught our eye immediately. Miniature Lucite box, whimsical label, and sweet, chewy little bears – what’s not to love? (Oh, and did we mention they are made with…wait for it…Dom Perignon? FANCY.)

Champagne gummi bears | Revel Blog


Where do you go for inspiration and fun in the Windy City? Share your favs with us!


Team Revel

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