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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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Grace + Jillian

Cubs. Jillian. Signature Lounge. Beach. Grace. Chicago. Millennium Park. Wendella.

What do these words have in common?

Combined they made for one memorable and amazing way to spend the final weekend of July in Chicago.

I’ve been told I’m a good host. It’s actually something that’s important to me — hosting my visitors in such a way that moving to Chicago crosses their mind at least once. I’m only 50% kidding.

Jillian arrived Thursday night and we spent Friday as rivals: Cubs vs. Cards. Spent the day in Wrigleyville. Let’s not talk about the game…

Saturday morning Grace arrived and we relaxed the day away on Oak Street Beach. I may or may not have also been a tad hung over. We wrapped up the weekend as tourists taking in some of Chi’s hottest sights: Millennium Park, Wendella boat tour, Hancock 96th floor Signature Lounge, riding the el, Wrigley Field (take two, with Jillian’s parents), and beer tasting at Goose Island Brewery.

Grace asked me if I ever get tired of doing the touristy stuff. Awesome question. The answer is: no I don’t. There are so many added benefits — catching up with good friends, laughing about old memories and creating new ones, reminding myself why I love Chi so much, experiencing new things myself, and living life.

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!!

Thursdays past…

Hands down one of my favorite summer activities is softball.

The Wednesday Bagels were back again this year!! After a solid inaugural season last summer, my Thursday nights were once again spent on the pitching mound for the 12″ Co-ed Recreational Chicago Sport & Social Club league at Waveland Fields.

  

Our season ended July 19th with a 2-6-1 record. I already miss it!

While we may not have taken home the most Ws in the league, I think it’s safe to say that my coworkers and I had the most fun in the league. And I only took one line drive to the thigh so that was positive (yes, I still have the remnants of the bruise).

Congratulations to all my teammates on a great season!!

[Wednesday Bagels 2012]

Tourist for a DAY!

One of my best friends Jenny was visiting Chi a couple of weeks ago. Girlfriends from Drake, she is loyal, driven, dedicated, and beautiful. You may remember her as our gracious host in Arizona.

She was actually in town for her brother’s wedding so we didn’t get to spend 24/7 with her. In fact, we really only had one full day. Lin and I thought long and hard about how to really show Jenny our amazing city … in ONE day. What did we come up with?!

TOURISTS FOR A DAY!

A tour that took us to 7 spots throughout Chicago, each one awesome and unique in its own way.

[Wendella Boat Cruise]

(1) Willis Tour [Sears Tower] Sky Deck

(2) Garrett Popcorn

(3) Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park

(4) Lunch at Park Cafe in Millennium Park

(5) Wendella 90-Minute Combined Lake & River Tour

(6) Walked the Mag Mile

(7) Dinner in Old Town at the Pour House

Topping off her experience, Jenny got to ride both the CTA “El” and buses!

[Sky Deck]

How awesome, huh? Our day definitely reminded me why tourists come to Chicago when I typically just get annoyed with them and their slow walking pace 🙂 And we only hit up 7 places … we missed so much, although we did hit up the Hangge Uppe on that Friday night ha! I highly recommend doing at least one copy cat of our day with visitors, then hit up some of my other Friday Faves with the rest of your time.

[Garrett Popcorn]

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!!

One thing I love about summer…

Ok so truth be told, I love pretty much everything about summer … BUT I absolutely love impromptu, amazing nights. A perfect example was last night:

Cubs vs. Tigers game with one of my favorite people Amanda!!

Aside from the fact that she’s from Michigan and was a Tigers fan last night 😉 last night was one of those crazy nights that just makes you appreciate and love life that much more.

Added bonus? The Cubs actually pulled out a W!!

Love. Love. Love.