Archive for the ‘Chicago’ Category


May 18, 2011

Tulips are sprinkled everywhere around town this Spring, especially in the Loop. I swear the sway back and forth to the sounds of the city. It’s quite lovely.

pink tulips, Chicago Loop,



April 11, 2011

Well hello, Monday. You came a lot faster than I expected.

This weekend was mucho random. First, I worked quite a bit. I can’t wait to show you’ve what I’ve been doing. As soon as it goes live, you’ll be the first to see!

Second, I’d like to point out that we found ourselves in the burbs at a Chili’s. Yes, Chili’s.

I’d like to pretend that we were trying to be ironic, while sipping on an El Presidente, but I’d be lying. It was more like poor planning and it was right next to the theater we were going to. And hey, the parking’s free. That’s kind of a big deal here.

Can I just say this, before we move on to the pretty pictures? I don’t think I’ve eaten at the mega-chain shaped like a giant pepper in (at minimum) two years. Maybe three … and there’s reason why. I feel like I’m still detoxing the next day from all of the salt added in their food. Seriously, don’t expect me to be ordering an Oldtimer anytime soon. OK, maybe if I’m stuck in an airport for more than four hours. But that’s the only exception.

OK, now for the best part. Ready?

We went to the beach.

I know, I know … it’s just a beach. But that’s where you’re wrong. It was a taste of freedom. A small bite of what the spring and summer will be like here. Not having to wear a uniform of super-thick coat, snow boots and a puffy vest.

Flip-flops! T-shirts and shorts! Glorious sun! Freedom!

So here’s what Foster Avenue Beach looked like yesterday. Expect me here every weekend.

foster avenue beach

So fresh and so green

March 17, 2011

Did you know that they dye the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day? It’s so much fun and we made it out there on time to catch the little boats full of dye skimming along.

Chicago River

With family in town and this being our first Patty’s in Chi, it was kind of a big green haze. Loads and loads of green people, balloons … Guinness. There’s a massive parade too, but being a bunch of shorties, it was hard to see over all those tall, green people. Did I mention the green?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’ve been going full stop for over two weeks and have been in four states. It can be overwhelming, but I like to keep busy.

The Tiffany Ceiling

March 2, 2011

The Tiffany Ceiling at Macy's on State Street

The Tiffany Ceiling at Macy’s on State Street is one of my most favorite things ever. If I’m doing a bit of shopping there, I always make it a point to see it. Today I snapped these really quickly, so you guys could see.

The Tiffany Ceiling at Macy's on State Street

According to their website the ceiling was installed in 1907 and “contains over 1.6 million pieces and is the largest unbroken example of Tiffany Favrile glass in the world.” Wowza!

If you are ever in the neighborhood, you must (I repeat, must!) stop at this Macy’s. It’s the second largest in the country and is a true gem. It’s kind of like a labyrinth in there, but a true old fashioned department store. You know the kind, where you can have cocktails for lunch, get a mani/pedi and just get lost in all the history … er, clothes!

Now that sounds like a perfect day.

Last photo from Angie Naron via Flickr.


February 2, 2011

So unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard that Chicago was hit with a blizzard. Not much stops the Second City, but this just shut it down. Here’s what my hood looks like right about now.

The picture above? Yeah, that’s a freaking car! You can see more here, if you like.

German Katz

December 15, 2010

UPDATE: Apparently Katzenzungen means chocolate cat tongue in German and there’s a Flickr pool. Brilliant.

So there’s this little German village called Christkindlmarket set up in Daley Plaza right now. It’s totally touristy fun and has an amazing Christmas tree right in the middle. We made a couple of pit stops with family and friends visiting just to look around.

Then the boy went on his own … at lunch time, no less … and bought loads and loads of German candies and treats. He likes his chocolate.

Everything tasted pretty amazing (aside from a batch of cookies that had the distinct taste of pepper), but what gets me the most? Obviously the packaging.

I mean it’s a pack of katzenzungen and the treats inside seriously look a lot like … well something you’d find in the katz litter.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

December 14, 2010

The weekend was filled with rain and a blizzard, but we managed to taking a walking tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park.

Built between 1889-1898, this was Wright’s first home where he lived there for the next 20 years. The home was continually changing and evolving as his family grew (six kids!) and his studio changed. It was filled with the lovely woodwork that seems to be in so many homes in the Chicagoland area and you can really see the very beginning of his style. Wright took advantage of height in this home, with lovely coved ceilings and a children’s playroom that is not to be missed.

If you are in the area, make this is stop. It’s worth the trip to the burbs, as Oak Park is pretty darn charming.

* Inside photos via the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.

First Snow

December 8, 2010

Warning: Sappy post and cute pictures below!

Last Saturday was basically like a a Christmas movie. We woke up to our first beautiful blanket of snow on the ground. I wanted to try this Austrian coffee/tea shop near us called Julius Meinl, so we hopped on a short bus ride and had a really good brunch. Best tea period. Try it, seriously.

We ended up walking home through the shops in Lincoln Square, were we saw an artist carving out these festive ice sculptures and I picked up a Charley Harper puzzle.

Carolers were singing and even Rahm Emanuel made a stop, although we missed him.

(Cute overload, right?)

And if the snow and Christmas ambiance were not enough, our park was turned into the bunny slopes (slightly random, no?) and we got our first real Christmas tree straight from the Upper Peninsula.


And now to pop my Holiday Bliss Bubble: Sunday totally sucked when the boy was back to studying non-stop for finals and I took off for a new Target with a bus transfer. If you know me, I’m horrible at directions and got all sorts of turned around (even with GPS!) when it was 18 degrees in a neighborhood I didn’t know, on foot. And that snow? Yeah, it turned to ice and I fell flat on my right knee if front of strangers. Of course, I thought.

The Weather Man

December 1, 2010

I know that we moved to Chicago, but honestly so far the weather has been a dream. Every night on the news, the weather peeps have stressed how “unseasonably warm” it’s been, but what do I know? The first snow fall has begun and it’s been steady since I woke up this morning.

Here’s the forecast on my Dashboard:

chicago snow, weather, dashboard screen shot

Crazy, right? And those temps … what have I gotten myself into?

PS: Have you ever seen The Weather Man? It’s a goodie.

DIY Trunk Show

November 19, 2010

For the last few years, I’ve been at the Jingle Bash this weekend, but since I’m not in Dallas, I’ll be heading over to the DIY Trunk Show tomorrow.

DIY Trunk Show

It’s in Pulaski Park from 10 am to 5 pm and I’ll be with with my Chicago Rebel Craft League, so it should be a good time. I’ve secretly always wanted to go after reading about it on Making It Lovely for so many years.

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also the One of a Kind Show and the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale on the same weekend in December.

Pinch me, I’m having a craftgasm. Yes, I did just say craftgasm. Oy.