It is always good to go home again, isn't it? It has been two years since we were back in Chicago and it was so nice to visit with family and friends, and to revisit some of our favorite things about Chicago. Here's a quick rundown of our adventures in the Windy City.
1. American Girl Place - for my daughter, this is a mecca of sorts. This was literally our first stop after arriving in Chicago. We had been building this up for months before the trip, and Kaleigh has spent many hours browsing through the catalog and at "molly.com". She used some of her own money to make the all important purchase, and mom and dad chipped in for some accessories and a few gifts for her upcoming birthday. It was wonderful to see her eyes light up when she gave Molly that first real hug! Awwwww! Afterward, we stopped in at Garrett's Popcorn (a true Chicago legend) and had lunch at Water Tower Place in food life - another of our faves!
2. Marshall Fields - I have very fond memories of their flagship store on State Street in downtown Chicago, and although they are now owned by Macy's, the Marshall Fields plaques and clock still adorn this landmark building. When I used to work downtown I would pass by Fields every day. I even have a replica of the Marshall Fields cow from the popular citywide art display that once spanned the streets of Chicago. When I was younger I used to visit with my grandparents and I remember those lunches in the infamous Walnut Room with joy. I am still addicted to those luscious Frango mints, and can almost taste them melting away in my mouth! Isn't amazing how just a few pictures can evoke all those memories?
3. Wrigley Field (home of the Cubs!) - I was raised a Cubs fan, and will *always* be a Cubs fan! My grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and cousins are all Cubs fans. Ours is a difficult task, because the life of a Cubs fan is seldom joyous and full of disappointment. Still, we are tried and true, loyal to the end! May the spirit of the great Harry Carry watch over us! Chicago-style hot dogs, peanuts, yelling 'til your throat gets sore, uncomfortable seats, almost getting hit by a foul ball, and the seventh inning stretch are all in a days work. Afterward we walked a mile and a half for one of the best pizzas known to man - Chicago-style deep dish, sausage patty from Gino's East! No, the Cubbies didn't win, but a great time was had by all!!!
4. Brookfield Zoo - while technically not *in* Chicago, this has been one of my favorite places to visit since I was a little girl. I have spent many hours in the underwater viewing area for the dolphins. My family would literally abandon me there and come back a few hours later to retrieve me - lol! We were members of the zoo for a long time, and after my daughter was born I resumed that tradition. One of our favorite times of year there is October when we would visit for "Boo at the Zoo", a Halloween celebration. And although it was freezing on the particular day we visited, it was great to be there again as a family!
5. Friends and Family - This is the main reason anyone goes home, isn't it? We had a fabulous time catching up with our loved ones and I wish we could have stayed for another week! This is my former neighbor, sideline, and friend Toni (TSizemore) with whom I spent most of the day Saturday shopping! She keeps teasing me because she spent more than I did at every store we hit! Well, I did go to one more scrap store with another friend of mine, Nicki (up4stampin2). We always have a blast on the Chatter thread on SCS, and the few times we have talked on the phone we have chatted so much that my hubby has *made* me get off the phone - lol! We have alot in common, and it was so nice to be able to shop together, chat a little, and share a hug in person! Another big part of our trip was spending time with my family. We are very close, and it is hard to be so far away. I must say that they are good at visiting though, and we do stay in touch on the phone, but it is just not the same, KWIM? OK, here we are (front to back, left side then right side): my hubby John, cousin Jeff, youngest sister Kathy, brother Andy, sister Pattie, brother-in-law Ryan, me, daughter Kaleigh, brother Matt (they are twins, *only* 15!), and Dad. My dad's girlfriend Lori couldn't join us that day, but she spent some time with us too. Well, there you have it - a not-so-brief synopsis of our trip! I hope you enjoyed viewing Chicago through my eyes! And I'll be back next week with some stamping projects, promise! *wink*