I had a FANTASTIC weekend in Chicago. It was so much fun that I'm still pretty worn out from the trip... and just now posting about it... and it's Wednesday afternoon.
All of the pictures I'm posting will be below. I took a ton more, but I think these are some of the best that give a highlight of the weekend.
Since Steph and Patrick were at work on Friday, I spent the day wandering around on my own in the cold. Don't worry... I went prepared. Not only did I have on my running tights and Under Armour long-sleeve, I had on jeans, a sweater, snow boots, a scarf, hat and gloves. Other than my face, I stayed warm.
I had never checked out Millennium Park on either of my previous trips, so I headed on over and took the typical tourist photos in the bean. It has some other name, but apparently everyone just calls it the bean since that's what it looks like. I also checked out Grant Park since I know the marathon starts there in October. I'm super pumped about running it, and I'm even more excited that S&P live so close. I will totally just walk the 10 minutes over to it on race day. Yay!
Friday evening we went to one of the coolest bars I have ever gone to, and it may just be because we don't really have bars like it around here. Anyone in the Chicago area ever been to The Violet Hour? If not, then you should check out. The place is really dimly lit with candles and serves some of the most amazing (and pricey) cocktails I have ever had! I had one drink made with Pimm's, something that I've only ever had in Europe and that I've never found anywhere here in the states until this night. We had a good time laughing, talking and trying some unusual appetizers.
Saturday was spent having a nice brunch at West Egg Café and wandering around some of the stores on Michigan Avenue. I didn't find anything, but the birthday girl made a few purchases. It had snowed overnight, so I was busy being in awe of all the snow on things. :)
We took it pretty easy and hung out at the apartment the rest of the day, but I did enjoy some authentic Chicago pizza for dinner and watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog again. If you haven't seen this, you must! Seriously. Take 45 minutes, watch it and report back to me.
Saturday night we celebrated Steph's birthday at the dueling piano bar in town, Howl at the Moon. I LOVE a good dueling piano bar, and I actually discovered this one in Chicago with Steph and Amanda during our 2007 Wrecking Crew weekend. It wasn't long after that we got one in Nashville, and it's always a good time.
Sunday was a pretyt laid back day before I headed back to TN. I didn't do nearly as much touristy stuff as I usually like to do, but this was mostly because I've already done most of it on my previous trips. I was just happy to celebrate my best friend's birthday and spend a weekend hanging out with her. I'd like to hope that one of these days we're not going to live quite so far apart, but for now I'm happy to be able to make weekends like this one happen.
All in all, Chicago is one of my favorites cities to visit. I definitely enjoyed this trip, even if it was soooo much colder than what I'm used to here in the sunny south!