Gwyneth Paltrow’s Favorite Chicago Things

What would Gwyneth do in Chicago? Apparently everything.

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When Gwyneth Paltrow visited Chicago a few weeks ago, local bloggers marveled how she was eating her way through the city. Well it turns out there was a method to the madness, and not just preparation for the making of Shallow Hal 2. Apparently it was research for her blog, Goop.com, where she spoke about visiting a high school "bf" and detailed some some old favorites, and some of the suggestions she received from "super in-the-know Chicagoans."
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It's not clear if Paltraw spent much time with eccentric chef/owner Michael Carlsson (pictured) during her visit to Schwa, but she did try the nine-course tasting menu and called it the "highlight of my trip."
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Paltrow dubbed Fulton Market's The Publican another "highlight of my trip."
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Paltrow likes to stop by RL Restaurant "for their chopped salads, club sandwiches, and tomato soup."
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She likes Riccardo Trattoria for its plush tasting menu.
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Paltrow stayed at the Elysian Hotel, calling it chic and comfortable, and "loved being in the heart of everything but not right on Michigan Avenue."
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She also gave props to her former favorite hotel, The Peninsula.
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Ikram boutique is good enough for Michelle Obama and it's definitely good enough for Paltrow. She bought two of Rodarte’s line of sunglasses.
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She makes a beeline for Moncler in the Gold Coast "because it’s so damned cold in Chicago."
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Paltrow bought a few things for the kids at Madison & Friends.
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Paltrow loves the Barney's in Chicago because many of the runway pieces disappear quickly in New York, while shoppers here tend to be more conservative. Hey, is that a backhanded compliment?
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As much as she tried, Gwyneth couldn't eat everywhere, but her friends suggested Graham Elliot ...
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... Sable Kitchen & Bar, ...
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... The Girl & The Goat, ...
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... Piccolo Sogno, ...
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... Nightwood, ...
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... Longman & Eagle, ...
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... Arami, ...
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... Chicago Q, which she called the "best BBQ in ...
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... Davanti Enoteca, ...
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... Grant Achatz's new Next & The Aviary, ...
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... and two more hotels, Hotel Palomar ...
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... and the "sleek, modern design: of The James Hotel.
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