Tag Archive: Chicago

Chicago Botanic Antique & Garden Fair 2014

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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My favorite way to kick off the Spring season.

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The Nutcracker Chicago

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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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Chicago’s One of a Kind Show

It’s that time of year again for the 2012 Chicago One of a Kind Show.  Erin, from Just Grand, and I wouldn’t miss it.  The picture above is from the 2006 show guide cover.  That year, the featured Christmas ornament booth was the best.  I can’t wait to go and get inspired for the holidays, visit some of my favorite creative vendors and shop for my peeps.  It is a holiday shopping day that we look forward to all year.  I’ll report back with my favorite picks.

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Glass Paperweight Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I met Erin from Just Grand for a field trip at the Art Institute of Chicago to visit the newly expanded gallery for the Arthur Rubloff Collection of Glass Paperweights.  My iPhone pictures cannot possibly capture the beauty of these objects of art.  It is a must see for a paperweight collector and a do see for anyone with a love of glass.  Which two do you think were my favorites?

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The Steve Harvey Show

 

 

We went to the taping of The Steve Harvey Show today.  He is the author of “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” as well as the host of Family Feud.    Steve was a very funny, cordial entertainer.  A lovely day spent with delightful women and yet, another perk to living in Chicago.  The show is only 6 weeks old and the producers appear to be finding their way, but tickets are free for now, so if you get a chance, go.

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The Ryder Cup

While I was at Elkhorn today, we lost the Ryder Cup.  What the heck happened?

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