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Friday Chi Faves: Sailing

This is my fifth Chicago summer. This was my first sailing experience. LOVE.

Lin’s friend Bill is a member of the Chicago Yacht Club and was kind enough to invite Lin, Meg and I along to see the start of the Race to Mackinac. It’s a sailing race from Chicago to Mackinac Island — and it’s a BIG deal. With more than 350 participants, it is the longest annual freshwater sailing race in the world. It was super impressive.

Bill and his yachting buddies were the most gracious hosts and the boat we were on was ridiculously nice. The overall experience makes me think about learning how to sail … but then again, it was nice to relax while our yachting experts did the actual work ha!

While we did not race, we thoroughly enjoyed our spectator experience. We learned a lot of new words — for instance, the bow is the front of the boat, met some awesome people, swam in Lake Michigan for the first time ever (so refreshing!) and spent the better part of the day relaxing, laying out and chatting on the bow.

It was basically summer perfection … and I am on board with that!

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Friday Chi Faves: The Field Museum

My cousin Mike, his wife Candi, and their kids Cassidy, Dominick and Mason were visiting Chicago a couple weeks ago. I’m lucky to have a pretty flexible work schedule so I was able to spend a Friday afternoon with them at the Field Museum.

[The fam + Sue]

MAN was I impressed!! That place is cool. We literally spent the entire afternoon going from one exhibit to the next — from animals, to Africa, to Ancient Egypt … the Tsavo Lions, Underground Adventure and Extreme Animals — unending amazement. My favorite? Dinosaur Hall. When is the last time you saw dinosaur fossils? So impressive. We also took in The Story of Sue in 3-D “Waking the T. Rex“. And Sue! The largest, most extensive and best preserved T-rex specimen is quite a site. Overall I’m a huge fan. Great place to spend the day with family!

  

HOURS

Open every day except Christmas. 9am – 5pm

LOCATION

Museum Campus: 1400 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

ADMISSION

Different admission levels, check it out here.

We did the All Access Pass — Adult $29, Kids 3-11 $20, Students & Seniors (65+) $24

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Added bonus to any visit to Museum Campus? The view of the city. Post-Field Museum, we walked along the Lake and took in the view. Gorgeous!!

Friday Chi Faves: Oak Street Beach

Well it looks like I’ve staked out the spot I’ll be spending my summer:

OAK STREET BEACH

First of all, how does a relaxing, beautiful beach like this land in downtown Chicago? I’m not arguing it … I suppose I’m just curious. And grateful.

Located right off Lake Shore Drive and on the shore of Lake Michigan, Oak Street Beach is one of the busiest beaches in Chicago.

There are other beaches in Chicago so why do I love Oak Street Beach? (A) Most important: it’s literally a 10-minute walk from my apartment (B) It feels uber-local to me — specifically because there is no parking so you know all the other beach-goers had to have walked, biked, etc. (C) It’s an extremely relaxed beach — no “spring break” feel whatsoever. Instead it allows me the peace and quiet I need to read and nap for hours on end.

If you need a pick-me-up? No worries. There are usually ice cream carts around, but also a full restaurant located right on the beach.

Let’s not drag this post out though. If you’ve never been, it’s awesome — just like you trusted me with Hunger Games, trust me now.

See you there tomorrow!!

Friday Chi Faves: Running Lakeside

I have three favorite views of Chi.

(1) View of Chi from Lake Michigan:

(2) View of Chi from Museum Campus:

(3) And my fave! View of Chi from Lake Shore path:

Unreal.

This post isn’t about my favorite views of Chicago though, even though I’m sure you’re glad to know. This post is about running along the lake. It is hands down my favorite place to run in the entire city.

Sticking with the theme of threes, the top 3 reasons I love running along the lake include: (1) there are no traffic lights aka stopping every 20 feet (2) there is something exhilarating about running with what feelings like 25% of Chicago along the lake and (3) the views.

I’m not a hardcore runner so my outdoor running occurs in the right weather conditions spring thru fall with a good playlist. The people-watching along the lake is stellar. Top notch. But the best part of my run is when I’m past Castaways running south and I see my favorite view: the Chicago skyline. It takes my breath away every time. It somehow makes me remember how much and why I love this city. It’s truly stunning.

Never tried it? Well I highly recommend it (maybe not this week) but the weather report is looking a little brighter next week. And if you see me, wave and say HI!!

Friday Chi Faves: Mother’s Day in Chi

One day a year is reserved to drop everything and hold our Mother’s on a pedestal, a place they deserve to be on a daily basis.

MOTHER’S DAY! Sunday, May 13th

Two years ago, I was lucky enough to get to spend Mother’s Day with my mother, grandmother (Gram!) and my Aunt Gayle. 3-for-1 #winning

We celebrated by spending the day at the Brookfield Zoo – only a hop, skip and a jump from Chi – followed by a family barbecue. It’s also the year I decided to get into the jam business and made strawberry-rhubarb jam for each mother. That was a short-lived hobby…

 

Last year, we celebrated Mother’s Day at the Cubs Game. It was freezing, but any time is quality time when spent with my Mother.

We’re still in the last-minute planning phases for this year’s Mother’s Day.

Here are some ideas I came up with:

Additional recommendations welcome. I also absolutely love this article on Mother’s Day’s ideas in Chicago.

Friday Chi Faves: Arlington Park Race Track

In honor of this weekend’s Kentucky Derby, I think a little promotion for Chicago’s own horse racing is fair.

Plus let’s be real… it’s awesome.

Arlington Park Race Track

Since its official opening in 1927, Arlington Park has been the home to Chicago-area horse racing including a number of significant races like the  Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

I had my first Arlington Park Race Track experience over 4th of July weekend in 2010 from the Million Room with my mom, dad, brother and Gram. In addition to the amazing fare, I bet on horse racing for the first time. I’m horrible. Lost every dime, but the experience was so fab.

Kicking off it’s 2012 season today Friday, May 4, Arlington Park has been granted 90 days of live racing today through Sunday, September 30. General admission ranges from $6-12 per person. And other options such as box seating, canopy, etc are also available.

Be sure to check it out.

And next time? I’m all in (a) winning and (b) wearing a legit Derby hat!

Friday Chi Faves: Cubs Rooftop

With the Cubs Home Opener right around the corner (Thursday 4/5 1:20p vs. Nationals) I could not be more excited. It’s clear from this post that going to Wrigley is an experience. Another experience?

CUBS ROOFTOP GAME

Rooftops rock. Unlimited food, unlimited beverage, exquisite interiors and stunning views of the game. Most rooftops have multiple floors and some even offer different cuisine on each floor. Truth.

My favorite rooftop game to date was this past summer over our annual summer Chi weekend when some of my Drake girls and their boyfriends travel to Chicago. We enjoyed the food, more than our share of the beverages and the Cubs even brought home a W. Perfection in my book.

Prices can range anywhere from the $50s to a couple hundred depending on game day, opponent and the Cubs current record. You can also get a group discount if you have that many friends … or more realistically are looking for a work-type outing. The Rooftops are also featured occasionally on group buying websites like Groupon!

The Rooftops of Wrigley:

Wrigleyville Rooftops

Beyond the Ivy

Brixen Ivy

3639 Wrigley Rooftop

Lake View Club

Skybox on Sheffield

Down the Line

Wrigley Rooftops

**The map is a little outdated, but great nonetheless**