I loaded my car up and dropped my kids with their dad early Friday morning. Put the radio on the Prince tribute station and got on my way. The thing with driving to Chicago? I had to drive IN Chicago. I was getting there around 2:00 in the afternoon so I didn't think I would run into that much traffic.
It was kinda awful and my nerves were wrecked. But, hey, at least I had a nice view when stuck in traffic?!?
I finally made it to Mo's house ... D was already there. We ordered up an Uber and headed downtown to our hotel. (I didn't take my car to the hotel because NO WAY was I driving in that traffic again but also because parking at the hotel was $67 a night. SIXTY SEVEN. DOLLARS. A NIGHT.)
What is UP with my face?
This pic was taken Sunday, not Friday, and I need to mention that because Friday was COLD. There were no flip flops that day!
Anyway, we stayed at the Intercontinental on the Magnificent Mile and it was an amazing hotel. Very affordable, especially given the location, and the entire staff was extremely friendly. I would definitely recommend the hotel to anyone!
We were all pretty tired Friday so it was a low-key, chill night. We had drinks at the Michael Jordan steakhouse bar then made our way across the street to a tapas restaurant. I'll write more about the restaurants we ate at individually. We were in bed by around midnight.
Saturday we started the day with brunch which means ... bottomless mimosas!
After brunch, we made our way over to Trader Joe's. I don't have one in Memphis so I had to stock up on cookie butter. Our brunch was heavy (and yummy!) and we're old so we were all tired and headed back to the room for some rest.
That night, we made our way to the IO Theater for an amazing comedy improv show called Whirrled News Tonight. I'm going to go so far as to say this show is a MUST if you're visiting the second city! The ensemble had been together for 13 years and they had amazing chemistry and were just hilarious. It was such a highlight of the trip. Seriously, go see it if you're in Chicago. After the show, we had a late dinner then decided to walk the three-ish miles back to the hotel.
Our view from the hotel
Sunday was GORGEOUS and in the 70's! Perfect for brunch on a patio then a water tour.
We did brunch (more bottomless mimosas, please!), bought some Garrett's popcorn, then made our way over to take an architectural tour of the city ... by boat.
I think Chicago is one of the most beautiful cities in the country ... mostly due to the architecture. So, obviously, I thought this was an awesome tour. Our guide was funny and entertaining, kept it very interesting. And we got to see the beauty of Chicago by boat!
A shot of the new Navy Pier Ferris wheel ...
After the tour, we walked around a little more and might have even meandered into a bar just to use their bathroom ... then ended up having a couple beers. Oops!
Our fundal downtown stop was ...
We bought banana pudding and, I can assure you, it was southern grandmama good.
We picked up pizza on the way to Mo's house then stayed up wayyyy too late talking and laughing on her deck. It's always such a good time with these girls! We had a blast.