Saturday, July 7, 2012


My husband is awesome.
He suggested I go on a trip to visit my dear friend Carey.
That idea turned into Carey and I meeting in Chicago for a girls weekend.
Our friend Katie decided to join us, too!
The weekend was much anticipated and throughly enjoyed.

You never really know how friends are going to travel together.
Thankfully, we were a good team.
The trip was a perfect balance of restful and adventurous. 

Here's the weekend in pictures:

Katie came to my house at 3:30.
Our flight left Denver at 6am.
Not so fun.

However, flying without a toddler=fun!

We were THRILLED to see Carey!
It had been too long.

Riding the train into town:

After getting checked into our hotel,
(Carey got us an amazing deal at the Holiday Inn at the Merchandise Mart!)
we took off to go exploring...
at that exact time, the skies opened up.

So, we bought super cool matching panchos!

Ate at Lou Malnati's:

Then, we took a walking tour with Chicago Elevated.
We took the "Disaster Tour" and it was really great!

Afterward, we went back to the hotel, washed our nasty dirty feet, and took naps.

When we woke up, we decided to head down to Navy Pier.

We ate dinner at City Porch.
The weather was perfect and it was fun to people watch and to watch the boats come and go.

After dinner, we walked around the pier before starting our trek back to the hotel.

Took a water taxi:

Then found some zombies:


We got up and took the bus back down to the Pier.

We had tickets to Disney's Beauty and the Beast playing at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
I smiled the ENTIRE time.
And I may have cried...
three or four times.
It was beautiful!

After the show, we hit up the swings!

I went ahead and ignored the "absolutely no cell phones" rule.

I'm glad I did. :)

We had lunch at Fox and Obel and loved it!

Walked down to the Magnificent Mile.
(It was windy. In Chicago. Imagine that.)

Went in a few shops.
Bought Alice her "I-got-you-a-gift-so-please-don't-be-mad-at-me-for-leaving-you" gift...
sparkle toenail polish.
She loved it, but still decided to pee on me while standing in the bank line
and have 3 other accidents the day after I got home.
That was fun. Not.

Trying on hats in Forever 21.

Went to the Signature Room on the 95th floor of the Hancock Tower.
This was the view from the ladies room:

We liked Fox and Obel so much we went back there for dinner.
I really wish we had a place like that in the Springs!

After dinner we took an architecture boat tour.
It was highly recommended and rightfully so!

The tour concluded with fireworks at the Pier.

According to Google Maps, it was only 2 miles back to our hotel.
(I know Katie and Carey are saying, "NO WAY!")
It felt like 20.


We hopped on the train and went to Wicker Park.

There, we had coffee at the Wormhole.
I had a Koopa Troopa.
Peanut butter + espresso.
It was tasty!

Then, I had the most amazing breakfast of my life at The Bongo Room.
This is the description for that piece of french toast:
"bittersweet chocolate chunk bread stuffed with maple
mascarpone, banana crème brulee sauce, bananas & shaved chocolate"
Unbelievably good.
If you get the chance, get your bad self there for breakfast, for sure!

We left Wicker Park and headed to Millennium Park.
Found the bean, like good little tourists:

And then headed to the water for a little bit.

Then, the sad moment came when we needed to head back to hotel to check out.
Then, the sad moment when we boarded the train for the airport.
And the sad moment when Katie and I said goodbye to Carey.
After a looong evening of travel, I got to see my sweet husband.

I've never jumped out of bed so quickly as when I heard Alice wake up in the middle of the night.
I couldn't wait to go see her!
We snuggled for a little bit and went back to sleep.

That was a super fun weekend!


Katie K. said...

I still CANNOT believe that it was only two miles! seriously!

Blomgrens said...

Looks like a blast! You guys did a TON and phew, it kinda exhausts me just reading about it :) Glad you connected with your Carey girl!

Miss G said...

As I began reading your post I thought "Oh, I hope she went to The Bongo Room!" and you did!! We love that place! My husband and I, my mom, aunt, brother, sil, we're a whole family of bongo room fans! So yummy and fun! Sounds like a great weekend!! So glad you got to go! Kelly