On my first day in Chicago my Windy City hostess and I accomplished quite a lot. We shopped in Lincoln Park, enjoyed brunch al fresco at Summer House Santa Monica, attended the day game at Wrigley Field, indulged in a multi-appetizer happy hour at Doc B's Fresh Kitchen and feasted at RPM Italian with wine, dinner and dessert.
On our second day we were ready to conquer the city again. We started the morning with brunch at a restaurant just a short walk from my friend's apartment called Hampton Social. I had actually seen pictures of the restaurant on my friend Jessica's blog so I already had a sense for how fun the space would be.
On its website the restaurant describes itself as "bringing the best of the East Coast to Chicago." The space is meant to feel like the Hamptons (hence the name). They achieve that vibe with big open windows, white furniture and nautical touches.
As we walked up the street toward the restaurant I could see the floor to ceiling windows that open to the street.
The canopy over the restaurant's entrance is white and blue with a boat steering wheel adding that nautical flare.
We opened the front door and I stopped short. How cute are these stairs? They set the tone for the beachy vibe that continues throughout every inch of the space.
When you reach the top of the stairs there is a lounge area to the left. All the furniture is placed in a way that has every seat facing the open windows.
Between the Adirondack chairs, the boating elements and the twinkle lights you really do feel like you've been transported to an ocean front vacation spot.
Next to the lounge is a large bar area.
That leads into the main dining room, which is a mix of high top tables and cozy booths.
We were lucky to be seated in the most coveted spot in the restaurant, the dining room that features the "Rosé All Day" sign. No joke, every single person who entered the restaurant stopped to take a picture of this sign.
Our table was directly under the sign so people kept creeping up behind our seats to snap the illuminated sign from the perfect vantage point.
Our waitress popped over with menus and she couldn't have been kinder or more friendly. I was impressed right off the bat.
The menu continues the white and blue nautical theme, with a few dashes of cuteness. I loved the illustrations above each section.
Naturally I had to try the Bloody Mary. It arrived in the most adorable branded glass that was a similar shape to a mason jar.
The drink was garnished with a green olive, a pepperoncini, sausage and cheese.
This Bloody was really well seasoned and had a nice kick to it.
For her meal, my friend ordered the Hampton omelette which was three eggs, cheddar cheese, shrimp and bacon. She requested it without bacon, which our waitress easily accommodated.
After a few bites she said, "There is a ton of shrimp in here and the cheese is really melty and yummy. I can tell that if I had left it the way it was supposed to be (with bacon) it would be even more amazing."
The omelette came with a side of home fries which were covered in parmesan cheese (yes, please).
I went with the harbor sandwich which is normally scrambled eggs, sausage and cheddar cheese on a croissant. I asked if it would be possible to substitute avocado for the sausage and our waitress happily obliged. What arrived was a tower of breakfast sandwich!
This croissant was so buttery and delicious that I could have just eaten that. It was even more decadent with the melted cheese and sliced avocado.
This breakfast sandwich is the kind of thing you crave. If I lived in Chicago I am pretty sure I'd be here every weekend.
Though we stuck pretty squarely to breakfast food, the Hampton Social brunch menu has an impressive list of seafood offerings. Things like deviled eggs topped with lobster, lobster mac and cheese, a lobster roll, a BLT with lobster, crab cakes, crab cake benedict, oysters and shrimp cocktail.
Hampton Social is definitely a place you could go to every single weekend, but it's also a great place to host a special event. While we were there a bridal shower was happening a few tables away and we both agreed it was the perfect setting for that type of celebration.
Hampton Social is directly across the street from East Bank Club, where the Obamas are members. Bring your outfit A game, you never know who you might run into out front.