Did you know it takes two editors in Chicago and a hefty team of eleven women spread across the United States to produce the content on The Everygirl? While our team is a relatively young one, we've managed to accomplish quite a bit under the fearless leadership of founders Danielle and Alaina via the grand ole internet. It was only a matter of time before we all got together, and thanks to The W Hotel, we had that opportunity just a couple of weeks ago.
We flew into Chicago to meet, eat, play, and most importantly, plan the future of our content but not the boring old fashioned way. We did it The Everygirl way. Our meeting room at the The W's newly renovated Lakeshore location boasted stunning views of Lake Michigan and The Navy Pier, we were spoiled with delicious local foods, and a sweet swag bag from generous sponsors. But, the best part? We enjoyed each other's company and got to know our team on a deeper level. If you ask me, team building trips are essential to building a strong company. I walked away feeling more inspired and excited to continue developing the food section with Lauren, the best co-editor and hotel roomie anyone could ask for!
After a fruitful conference, I had Friday morning to re-explore Chicago. Josh and I lived there for six months after Hurricane Katrina and we instantly fell in love with the city. We visited every year for four years following, but's been a minute since my last visit. Since you can't beat The W Hotel's location, I started with a trip to the Ohio Street Beach for some sun followed by a nice, long walk downtown with some time at the Chicago River. Chicago is the perfect combination of New York City's hustle with New Orleans' soul, and I think you're pretty lucky if you get to call it home!