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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.


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?!


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]

I’m obsessed with… the WEATHER!

Um so it is a little weird that it’s March and feels like mid-summer, but I’m going to appreciate it while it’s here… you just never know with Mother Nature.

The weather has such an impact on my life. So let’s break down 4 awesome things that make me obsessed with this weather:

(1) Lunch outside

This photo was taken at lunch last Tuesday. How awesome is that? We ate at the tables in Millennium Park right in front of the Bean. I absolutely love taking a break from work midday and spending it outside with my girlfriends. Have I mentioned the trees are in bloom? OBSESSED.

(2) Running on the Lake

Running outside is so invigorating. My fave place to run in the city? Along the lake! This is the first year since I moved to Chi that I have run on the lake in March in a tank and shorts. I absolutely cannot get enough of bumping to some tunes, people watching/sightseeing, and getting a solid workout in. And the view going south is TO DIE FOR. Seriously? OBSESSED.

(3) Sunset + Rooftop + Wine

That is the view looking south from our rooftop patio last Wednesday (not a high quality image taken on a Blackberry, fail) but amazing nonetheless. Hearing that rain was coming soon, the crew came over to take advantage of the weather. We sipped some wine as the sun set, met some other building residents and enjoyed the view. I envision this as the start to a significant number of similar nights this summer. OBSESSED.

(4) No coat

This is pretty straight forward … until it rains midday and I realize that I have no coat and no umbrella. But whatevs. I LOVE being able to just go. It’s so liberating. OBSESSED.

Friday Chi Faves: Ice Skating @ Millennium Park

There is something phenomenal about gliding across a slab of ice in shoes with a blade connected to the bottom of them. Ice Skating! People love it … and I’m one of those people. The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is the perfect place to get your skate on. It’s right in the heart of Chicago in Millennium Park with gorgeous views of the city. Over 100,000 skaters visit the rink each year and in 2012, the girls and I are 7 of those people. It was AWESOME. And shockingly, no one fell. Don’t you think it’s about time that you become one of the remaining 99,993?


The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park

Open daily thru Sunday, March 11, 2012

Mon thru Thurs: 12-8pm
Fridays: 12-10pm
Saturdays: 10am-9pm
Sundays: 10am-9pm



Ice skate rental available for $10

More information go here.

Chi Girls Weekend #recap

Girls Weekend. Love.

I live for girls weekends with my Drake Girls as you might have gotten from this post … or this one! For the past 3 years, I’ve hosted a Chicago girls weekend in January specifically in honor of Meg, Lin and Erin’s birthdays but also just as an excuse to get together with my besties. This year’s was amazing, per usual. Here’s a quick recap of our weekend:

[hanging at the apartment]

[heading out to the city]

[riding the el]

[visiting millennium park]

[ice skating]

[the bean]

[ready to go out]

[dinner at adobo grill on wells]

[second city: sky’s the limit, weather permitting]

[bar time]

Even though the weekend flew by, we fit a ton in — I loved staying in and catching up Friday night to take full advantage of Saturday. VERY Happy 26th Birthday to Lin, Meg and Erin … welcome to the esteemed club of twenty-sixers.

Countdown to Spring Break 2K12 then Drake Relays!!