I love Chi (obvi) but sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the city, take in the beauty of the suburbs … and visit family.
Rewind to 2008. I had just graduated from Drake University and decided I was moving to Chicago!! The two biggest road blocks? No job. No place to live. One solution = crashing with family. The plan was to stay with the Lesniak’s in Glencoe, a northern suburb of Chicago, for a week. Well one week ended up lasting more like three months and will forever be known in the Lesniak household as THE SUMMER OF KATE.
Circa 2008, from the left include Clay (Sept 6 birthday buddies!), Uncle Tom, Aunt Lisa, Caroline, and Jonathan. Five of the most generous, loving, coolest people I know. They’ve grown up a lot since this photo (Clay and Caroline now both give me a run for my money in the height department) but I love looking back at photos from our summer together when they took me in, not as a cousin, but as a sister.
My brother and I always make a point to visit the Lesniak’s for a night or weekend outside the traditional family get-togethers. It’s always a highlight on my calendar and lucky for me, it’s happening tonight!
Yes I’m foregoing the normal Friday happy hour to spend the evening in Glencoe. I could not be more excited for what is a night that always surpasses any expectations in both the food and company department. I can’t wait to hear how Clay is loving high school, Caroline’s newest hobby or play with Jonathan.
Here’s hoping you’re all as excited about your Friday night as I am for mine! XOXO.