This past week, Sean and I went to one of my very favorite cities in the whole world! My mom, step-dad, and youngest sister lived in Chicago almost 6 years ago and I loved going to visit them for the 5 years they were there, even in the middle of winter. They lived right in the heart of downtown, just three blocks away from Michigan Avenue and city life was something I really enjoyed while I visited.
When a friend invited us to Lollapalooza this year, we decided it had been too long since we'd been to the city and decided to go ahead and do one last musical festival. When we planned the trip, of course I was expecting to be pregnant, so we only bought one day tickets to Lolla and decided to spend the other three days just walking around and revisiting sights we had seen before. If I indeed was pregnant, I knew I wouldn't be able to do 10 hours of musical festival walking, and wanted to give myself the chance to be low key if I perhaps I got too tired or nauseous. Of course, I was planning and preparing everything again. I swear, that old Field of Dreams quote that says "If you build it, they will come" is the opposite of me. Summer, if you think it, it most certainly will not happen.
So I actually wasn't pregnant when we were in Chicago this past weekend, and we still had so much fun. I really do love walking around the city. On Saturday when we arrived at the Palmer House Hotel (which was incredibly beautiful and glamorous), we relaxed for a bit (since we woke up at 3:00 AM to catch our 5:00 flight) before heading to Michigan Avenue to do our shopping. Of course we hit Zara, Topshop, Uniqlo, and all of the cool places I don't normally get in Dallas. I also dragged Sean to Nordstrom where their Anniversary Sale is still going on and this stroller they exclusively have, and that I have been COMPLETELY obsessing over, was on display and part of the sale. For some reason I can't stop myself from looking at strollers, cribs, bedding, etc.. again just to continue with my neuroses, and I wanted Sean to see and tell me how much he loved it too. I did however, keep myself from buying the $600 stroller. Although I may go back this weekend :)
We went to Eataly for dinner that night and the food was delicious! When we walked around the store I went nuts seeing all of their desserts on display! I told Sean I would limit myself to three sweet treats but after my Nutella and banana crepe, I was too full to think about the other two. Hopefully the next time I go to Eataly, I can pace myself because they all really looked phenomenal and I definitely feel like I missed out on some yumminess.
On Sunday, we went to the concert where I confirmed my decision that this would be my last musical festival. I swear Lolla, Coachella, and ACL are all just excuses for teenage girls to wear bras with shorts, or no bras at all. While we were waiting to get into the venue, these girls in front of me who were smoking because it looked "so cool" were like 16 years old, and I wanted to shake them and tell them they looked ridiculous. And seeing them just made me feel super old. Sean has always said he is terrified of having a daughter, and now I can see why! The bands and DJs we saw were great, but the highlight (and really only reason I wanted to go on Sunday) was Ellie Goulding. She is phenomenal in concert and has an amazing voice and personality. I wish I was part of her squad... and by default Taylor Swift?
Monday and Tuesday we did more shopping, the Navy Pier, and a meal at Purple Pig where I did not at all understand the menu. I am the pickiest eater and would have never picked this restaurant But I'm glad we ate it because everything we ordered (family style) was awesome, including fried pigs ear and crispy kale. We also went back to the Art Institute of Chicago and saw my favorite display, the Thorne Miniature Rooms. If I could live in any time period, it would be Regency England and these little rooms shows what the style and interiors were like from the 1400s to 1900s. It definitely makes me wish I was in an episode of "Are You Afraid of the Dark" and could be transported to a doll house and live in the little models.
All four of the days we spent in Chicago, the weather was in the 70s, the breeze from the lake made it feel even better, and I walked almost 10 miles every day. I definitely wish sometimes we lived there, as I think I am definitely cut out for city life. But it was nice to be back home in our comfy king-sized bed. Although the heat here in Dallas gave me an instant migraine and I haven't been able to shake it all week! Oh well, I guess there are pros and cons to almost everything in this world right?
Until next week...