Chicago, what a great town! With no school on the calender last Friday I booked Isabella and I a quick trip to this city. We visited my good friend Lora, who I met when I was hired to nanny her daughter years ago, during a phase when I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life, through the years attending SAIC studying fashion design.
Arriving late Friday afternoon we caught the train downtown and started packing in the activities. Traveling with just one carry on suitcase, I didn't even bring my camera...so the pictures aren't so fab, sorry. And in fact, I was so focused on having a great time that I often forgot to even get pictures!
After dropping off our single suitcase at the apartment overlooking both the lake and the river...a wow for sure, we hopped in the car and drove up to the restaurant Uncommon Ground for a quick eat before Lora sent us off on our own to see Blue Man Group. And she booked us in the water section, meaning we got to wear the loveliest of rain gear! Seeing what came flying into the first rows, I was happy to have it on!
Though someone else wasn't, as it was major fashion crime.
Have you been to this show? I can't even describe it, performance art of sorts. Loud and crazy.
Afterwards, it was late but the streets were packed and with weather cooperating we walked and walked, going past the building I called home for a dozen years. Not the upper floors, which were fabulous, three full floor 4,000 square foot apartments. That is where Lora and her family lived, I was tucked away in the basement! It was pretty horrid, but oh well, it gave me a lot to dream and strive for! The building is just steps from Sheridan, so after this little walk down memory lane we caught a cab back to the apartment.
And did I mention the views from Lora's new space? Here's the night view from the living room overlooking the river, lit up at night.
And in the morning, the view from my bedroom, out over the harbor and lake.
Not too bad, I could get used to this.
Heading out that morning, I loved seeing the Aqua building, just down the street from Lora's. It is the tallest building designed by a woman architect, Jeanne Gang, and it truly is a remarkable structure that has received numerous awards.
Sightseeing and shopping, we then met up with a friend for lunch that I attended design school with, and her daughter who is the same age as Isabella. It was so great to see them, have lunch and shop, but afterwards I realized I hadn't gotten a picture of us! So sad...next time.
But I did get a shot of these adorable baby UGGS while hitting a dozen stores including ZARA, Bloomingdale's, Max Mara, H&M and Top Shop...okay, ready for a break!
Heading off Michigan Avenue out to Logan Square we joined Lora and her daughter Mory for manis and pedis...
...followed by a pick me up and a stop at Mory's apartment to grab her husband...
...before having the most fabulous dinner at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba.
If you haven't been, if you are visiting Chicago, you must go!
A late night.
But wanting to pack as much in on the last day before heading out to catch the plane,
Sunday morning we visited Millennium Park and the Bean.
This sculpture is simply amazing and so much fun! I love how the skyline is reflected on the surface,
and in the below photo, from underneath looking up, all the people.
A perfect fall day! Afterwards we walked all the way down Michigan Avenue to Oak Street, hitting as many shops along the way as possible. Nordstrom for a gift for Lora, Burberry, and Saks. OH MY GOODNESS, what amazing fashion, like a museum nearly. And interestingly, very nice sales people, even as we ogled the laser cut suede detail on the sleeve of a $60,000 fur coat.
At Barney's they were a little less nice, but it didn't stop some trying on of coats of a slightly lesser value and such.
Walking all the way back to the apartment, we gave Lora her gift before catching a cab to the train, to head out to O'Hare. Planes, Trains and Automobiles...lots of walking, visiting and shopping.
And a quick glance at the Dubuffet sculpture on the way to the train,
I love how many public works of art there are in this city!
Phew, I was tired on the plane home, what a fun packed weekend.
I can't wait to get back for another visit.