What seems like ions ago, D and I started what became a yearly tradition of going on a quick getaway to Chicago every fall. He had a work conference and I tagged along or flew in after it was over and we spent a few days roaming and eating our way through the city. We were blessed to be able to do that for five years. Then he no longer had that conference to go to and we had other places to visit or it just didn’t work out. It had been three years since our last visit. But this year I was longing to go back. So we at first entertained the thought, and then we just decided to make it happen.
I had a little guilt about leaving the kids while they were on MEA break. They get their first few days off of the school year and their parents leave town. But Darin said something that really stuck with me. “It doesn’t always have to be about the kids, Stacey.” He was right. So we enlisted the help of the grandparents (thank you!) and booked the quick flight and a hotel stay for two nights.
This is what we do while we’re in Chicago. We walk and we talk and we eat. This year the highlight for me was walking our way through Lincoln Park. We found a great pizza place and then made our way through tree lined streets with the most beautiful brownstones. We stopped for coffee and macaroons, checked out the zoo, and then strolled through the Gold Coast which had even more gorgeous homes. During our three days and two nights we tried out a new restaurant that we somehow were able to snag last minute reservations for when the place is booked three months out, The Girl & the Goat (highly recommended). Visited our Chicago standby, Frontera Grill (hello margaritas). Drank yummy Intelligensia coffee in the morning. We logged about 23 miles walking. We slept in and even took a nap in the middle of the afternoon (!). We said hi to the (crazy busy) Bean and we found a surprise note from our daughter that was hid in my toothbrush holder. We had a lovely time.
Love our Chicago dates, and while it might not turn back into a yearly thing, I know we’ll return again.