Kelly is going for her BQ this weekend in Detroit! Go, Kelly, go!
Allison’s husband, JP is running the Fall 50 (as in, 50 miles). And I think I’m cool when I run 26!
Stephanie is running the Army 10 miler this weekend!
And a VERY special shout out to my dad who is running his first half marathon this weekend at Duke City! Just keeping runnnnnning!!!
Two weeks after the fact, and I’m STILL posting pictures of Chicago.
LOVE the iPhone Panorama feature!
But really, it is THAT cool. San Francisco will always be my favorite, but Chicago sure tried hard (granted, we weren’t there in the dead of winter…I might not have liked it so much then).
And I know that vacation photo posts are not all that interesting, especially for you folks that live in/around Chicago. But we took about 500 pictures and they want to be shared with the world!
SIDENOTE: in lieu of souvenirs, we decided to update our “family” photos by hiring a local photographer to take pictures of us in front of local landmarks. The last time we took professional photos was 3 years ago for our engagement session in downtown Albuquerque, and while downtown Albuquerque is…uh…there, Chicago was too beautiful of a place to NOT take pictures. As awesome as I am with my Cannon (and by awesome I mean I use auto setting and “no flash” when I’m feeling risky), I wanted to make sure our vacation photos of this fantastic city didn’t all suck. The professional photos are still being processed, but among them are photos of us in front of the Chicago Theater, in front of The Bean, around Millennium Park, and on a water taxi. So you won’t see any of that here today.
We stayed at the W Hotel City Center which was a fun place. They had Bliss bath products, an awesome concierge team, and a lot of little details that made for a fun stay. For example, they changed the elevator mats 3 times a day to greet you appropriately. They also had an Acura MDX that would transport you around within the area provided you listened to Acura commercials and provided feedback (I didn’t get off any easier by telling them that I already drive an MDX).
The Architecture Boat Tour that our concierge arranged was awesome! Not only did we get cookies and Starbucks, but a member of the architecture society was our guide, so we learned a lot about the history of the city.
The home of the Chicago Tribune is a spectacular landmark of a building called (appropriately enough) The Tribune Tower that was built in the 1920’s in downtown Chicago. My great great uncle, Rene designed the ornamentation and gargoyles for this building! It was really cool to see the architectural contributions of a family member in person. One of his other works: the Atlas in Rockefeller Center.
Both the Field Museum and Art Institute were worth the visit. The Field Museum feels like what a museum would have been like at the turn of the century. Before people had TV’s or computers, pretty much the only exposure they had to exotic plants and animals was in museums.
The Art institute housed such famous works as American Gothic and Sunday Afternoon at the Island of Grande Jatte among thousands and thousands of others. It was overwhelming. Also, Bank of America will comp your admission to several museums across the country on the first weekend of every month if you have a credit/debit card from them. WE GOT INTO THE MUSEUM FOR FREE! I hadn’t ever heard of this program, but I think I will be taking advantage of it. A full list of participating museums can be found HERE.
And we just walked around, taking in the sites of the city. Chicago is really a walking city, so I had to put on my happy smile as I limped around town in the days before the marathon! I also packed a lot of cute outfits, but ended up wearing workout clothes and my running shoes for most of the trip! The “L” was a really efficient, cheap mode of public transportation (all the locals said it is super safe too).
We had a wonderful vacation, even though there were a billion other things we would have liked to have seen (Wrigley Field, The Marshall Fields/Macy building, more mafia stuff, the Shedd). Chicago is a beautiful, clean, and exciting city and we hope to get back there eventually!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!