chicago recap



My brother Christopher met me at the airport Friday afternoon, and we headed downtown to drop my bag off at the hotel and meet up with my friend Sara. We walked around Wrigleyville and Lincoln Park before meeting my mom and brother Jonathan for dinner at India House. I didn’t even know I liked Indian food, but it was so good that I’m now on a mission to find the best Indian food in Durham (or the Triangle). Suggestions welcome!




Saturday morning while my mom was helping J move into the dorm and C was taking the LSAT, I headed to Wicker Park to meet up with David and Sara. On our way to brunch we stopped at a sidewalk sale, and I could have kicked myself for not having any cash. One lady had an incredible selection of vintage coats, bags, and hats, and I was so excited to try on the vintage hats, but none of them fit my head! Did people have smaller heads 50+ years ago, or is mine really that big? (That’s Sara above… that one didn’t fit my head either.)


Brunch at Toast, where we met another friend from college and his girlfriend. My B.E.L.T. (BLT with egg) was delicious, but not as pretty as Matt’s stuffed French toast. After brunch we did some shopping on Division Street, including a stop at Renegade Handmade. It makes me happy to see a shop support indie artists/designers the way they do. Back downtown for back-to-school shopping and errands for my brothers, before a wonderful dinner at Italian restaurant Coco Pazzo.

After dinner I met David and Sara for drinks at the Violet Hour, which might be the coolest bar I’ve ever been to. It was very unassuming from the outside: no sign, no windows, and a door painted to blend in with the surrounding wall. There was a bit of a wait, but once inside, we were seated at a trio of tall wing-backed chairs that were intimately grouped around a small table with a single candle. A server came to our table to take drink orders, and I had the Juliet & Romeo – a gin-based cocktail with mint, lime, and rose water. So good.


Sunday morning my mom, Christopher and I had brunch at The Gage, followed by a walk through Millennium Park. We spent the rest of the day walking around downtown and shopping, before an early dinner at Catch 35, then early to bed for an early morning flight. Now that I’ve re-read this post, I know why I’ve been so tired this week! It was a great weekend… I can’t wait to visit again.

8 Responses to “chicago recap”

  1. 1 Sara October 1, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    next time you are here, we need to take you on the architecture boat tour. don’t let me forget!

  2. 3 Nolan October 1, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I like that first photo, as it is very Wilco-esque.

  3. 5 Sara October 1, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    oh yeah, I meant to say something about the Marina City photo too. Have you seen the layouts for MC? All little pieces of pie. Way cool/ way ridiculous to decorate.

    they are actually reasonably affordable. click on the studio/ 1 bed/ 2 bed to see the layouts.

    *waves hi to nolan*

  4. 6 Meg October 1, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    You were in my city? How wonderful! I looooooove Toast! Wasn’t it delicious?

  5. 7 carolynn cecilia October 1, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Oh, Chicago. My second home. Thank you for reminding me…

  6. 8 margaret October 22, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Chicago looks so fun. I would have not been able to resist all those gold purses!

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