Tag Archive: Chicago

St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago






Yes, they really dye the river green!

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Chicago Marathon 2014




Today was a perfect day for the Chicago Marathon.  It was dry, cool and sunny.  45,000 people were out of the gate and our favorite runner is still number 1 in our book.  We can’t wait to see her out on the course again next year.

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Fish Bar Chicago








One of the many advantages of having your daughter move downtown to Chicago, besides having a clean bedroom and an empty kitchen sink,  is that you get to try out new and fun places to eat.  After an afternoon of climbing stairs and moving boxes,  we decided to catch a bite at the Fish Bar located at the corner of Sheffield and Wellington.  Cute place, tapas style size entrees and nice casual vibe.  The drinks are served in mason jars and the food was pretty tasty.  Funny how we suddenly become  desired dinner companions when they are on their own budget.  Apparently, we are welcome to come down anytime for Sunday brunch.  I may just have to take her up on that one.

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Printers Row Book Fair 2014












Another beautiful day in Chicago and we attended one of my favorite events, The Printers Row Book Fair.  I always manage to find something unique and this weekend was no exception.  My traveling companions walked just a little too fast for me.  Who can read the book titles at that speed?  The hand tooled leather journals were lovely and you can always find a nice selection of vintage books including my childhood favorites, The Nancy Drew Mysteries.  Love them.   Yes, summer in Chicago, it’s here.

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Chicago Botanic Antique & Garden Fair 2014












It’s Spring in Chicago on the day of the Chicago Botanic Antique & Garden Fair, always.  This is the one show in Chicago that you can count on to always have unique, unusual and one of a kind antique and garden displays.  I loved the elegant green and white table scape and plan on replicating this for my daughter’s engagement party with my own antique glassware.  My second favorite was the shadowbox wall display of vintage wine openers which were super popular as most all were sold.  Something new to look for tomorrow out at the flea market, my husband will be thrilled.  The show runs through Sunday so you still have time to get there, go.

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Eataly Chicago
















If I lived in the city, tonight I would be stopping in for a bite at Eataly, Chicago’s newly opened Italian destination.   63,000 square feet and 23 eateries, it takes a little time to find your way around and narrow down exactly what and where you should eat.  A good reason to make a few return visits.  The atmosphere is lively, bustling and loud.  We loved it.   The food was excellent, but next time I’m starting downstairs with the housemade Gelato.

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Christkindlmarket Night Chicago












My daughter and I spent this evening at the Christkindlmarket in Chicago’s Daley Plaza.  A beautiful night with carols being sung by the choir and festive Christmas ornaments abound.  This year we brought home the Chicago Skyline ornament and couldn’t pass on the Chicago Bean dressed for the holidays.  They are both absolutely fabulous and are now hanging on our tree at home.








Next, we headed over to Marshall Field’s (aka Macy’s) to see the Christmas windows and holidays displays.  Of course, our visit wouldn’t be complete without Frango mints and a stop at the Walnut Room to view the Christmas Tree.


Finally, we ended the evening with dinner and drinks at Petterino’s where the food was fabulous, the atmosphere festive and the company, the best.  Love you always Abby!  Mom

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One of a Kind Show Chicago


Look what just came in the mail today!  I’m marking my calendar now for the opening day.

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Antique Singer Sewing Machines














Today I spent the day with my daughter shopping at the new Rosemont fashion outlet near O’Hare airport in Chicago.  For those of you who don’t  know me, I absolutely hate mall shopping because I’m color blind and it’s a royal pain when it comes to clothes.  Ask anyone in this family.  So, the highlight of the day was when I followed Abby into yet another store and lo and behold the window display is vintage sewing machines.  LOVED IT.  And how funny it was a Sunday in a store named All Saints and they had vintage.  I think God must be a collector.

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Date Night: Goo Goo Dolls Ravinia






I started the day downtown with my daughter.  We had a quick lunch at The Native Foods Cafe which was just oh so healthy.  I wish they would open one in the suburbs.  Next, we headed over to Sweet Mandy B’s.  I wanted to pick up a cake for Ravinia to pack in our picnic basket and plan on taking the leftovers to Michigan for the 4th.  The Goo Goo Dolls sang all my favorite songs.  In fact, we thought they were the main band for the evening and were surprised when they left the stage for Matchbox Twenty.  It was a chilly evening under the stars.  If you have never been to Ravinia, Google it, and put it on your summer bucket list.  It’s always on mine.

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Chicago Botanic Garden


My favorite way to kick off the Spring season.

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The Nutcracker Chicago






My 24 year old daughter surprised me with tickets for just the two of us to attend The Nutcracker the day after Christmas.  It was the 25th anniversary show of the Joffrey Ballet’s performance with the Chicago Philharmonic orchestra.  She was 7 the last time we saw the show together.  We attended the matinee performance which was filled with mothers and daughters of all ages then headed down Michigan avenue for a stroll with all the other after Christmas shoppers.  What a treat.  Thanks Elle Belle.

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