Last weekend I flew up to Chicago to meet Taylor. He had gone for work and I went to meet him for a little birthday getaway. I brought in my 36th year with a lot of eating and aimless wandering which are two of my favorite things. I had been to Chicago one other time before this but we stayed on Michigan Ave and I enjoyed it but just wasn’t all that impressed. I am the type who loves to visit a big city but only briefly. I have never wanted to live in NYC and for the most part, bigger cities just don’t do much for me. This time, however we stayed a little more off the beaten path and it really made a difference.
We stayed at the Public and it was perfect.
Simple and modern with just a touch of quirk.
When we arrived Friday it was rainy and overcast so we just stayed in the hotel lobby for drinks.
It was perfectly cozy.
I loved these funky portraits.
I wish I had found out the artist.
From far away it looks like an old portrait util you get up close
and see that her head wrap is made of bubble wrap.
Sometime after our happy hour we dragged ourselves across the lobby…
To the restaurant and bar across the way, the Pump Room.
It is incredible.
The lighting in the dining room is breath taking…
Saturday we started our day early and just walked through some of the beautiful neighborhoods.
These brownstones were gorgeous and so manicured.
I was also really inspired by all the gorgeous landscaping.
We ate so much good food!!
And managed to do a little shopping.
Marine Layer was new to me and is definitely a new favorite.
Soft, comfortable beach clothes!
And you may have seen on Instagram that I made it to Summer Thornton’s moving sale.
I got a few goodies!
And, Land of Nod!!
That place deserves a whole post of it’s own (coming soon!)
And then just general sight-seeing.
Around every corner was a church, park, or cool building.
The Lincoln Hotel was really cool.
Definitely on my list if we go back.
Millennium Park was really pretty too…
Can you spot us in the reflection?
One of the best things you can do after having kids is get away without them for a weekend.
It’s so nice to have uninterrupted conversations and feel a little less responsible.
I know we are the glue that has to hold our family together and after 10 years of marriage, I know that reconnecting needs to be a huge priority. Luckily we both have always been ok with leaving the kids for a couple of days.
You would think that after 10 years you start to know everything about a person but every time it’s just us, I learn something new. This time I learned that I have a really patient husband who doesn’t mind stopping for random pictures. He even takes in the moment from his view…
It was a good birthday and made me a new fan of Chicago.
If you are looking for an easy weekend trip I highly recommend it!