i’m coming home via chicago

Chi-town. It’s our home, yes, but there’s so much to do here that we’ve never done. We had been putting off some of this fun for years. So we decided to spend a night downtown and see how it felt to truly be a Chicagoan. I’m glad we chose a weekend that was scorching hot. But lots of fun was had nonetheless.

We started Friday morning at Rock Bottom watching the World Cup with my B.I.L. and S.I.L. U.S. vs. Slovenia was a pretty exciting game – I wouldn’t have missed it. Screaming, clapping, falling off chairs from excitement, and toss in a momosa, a bloody mary, and some beers.

Yes, we were totally robbed that last goal. That was hard to watch. But we’re happy with a tie. And the day must go on.

After the game, we headed up to the Lincoln Park Zoo. It was so hot and sunny that day. The poor animals didn’t move too much.




Although, there was this one meerkat who loved to pose for the camera!

“All right Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my close-up.”

After we headed back to the hotel to relax, a big storm headed into Chicago. We watched it swoop in from the 28th floor of the Sheraton. It was nasty – it even took out a window of the Willis Tower! After the storm quickly passed through, we met up with my S.I.L. and her fiance and our friends Sara and Brady for dinner at The Publican. They’re known for their seafood and pork from local farms served family style. It was delicious!

Then we headed up to Fado’s for some drinks.


The next morning we headed to Navy Pier to ride the ferris wheel.


And then we boarded a boat for an architecture tour along the river and Lake Michigan. We learned so much about the architecture and history of Chicago. Plus, we got an incredible view of the skyline.


The sun was pretty hot out there, and it got in the way of a lot of my pictures.

There’s the Sheraton – where we stayed for a night!






After the boat tour and lunch we headed to the Art Institute to check out the new modern wing.

Don’t look too closely at a Seurat, or you’ll go nuts like Cameron did in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.


Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” is one of Drew’s favorites.

After the art museum, we spent the rest of the afternoon in Millenium Park.

Taking pictures of “the Bean” was pretty fun. Although, that thing is covered in fingerprints. Someone needs to shine her up!





After all that walking, I was more than happy to sit and stick my feet in some cool water. Apparently, so was everyone else.

After grabbing some pizza, we headed home to chill out. We always need a little break after vacation to – you know – rest up. Whew – vacation takes it all outta ya.

See the rest of my pictures from the weekend on Flickr.

*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “Via Chicago” by Wilco

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