Have you ever had one of those weekends where everything just went really right? This weekend was one of those for me.
When I realized I was looking at a four-day weekend, I hardly knew what to do with myself. With Kyle gone, I don’t have much of a social life going on, so I decided to head into Chicago to hang out with my brother and sister.
Friends, Chicago is always a good idea.
Well, once you can get through traffic. It took me almost four hours on Friday in what typically takes a little over two to get there, but it was smooth sailing for the rest of the weekend.
I got in around 7 on Friday and we enjoyed a pretty lazy night with some frozen pizza and wine. My sister had to work on Saturday morning, so we kept it pretty low-key.
I got out for a quick 20-minute run on Saturday morning and it was GORGEOUS. I hadn’t run in a week or two because of some niggling back pain, and I couldn’t have asked for better conditions. It was about 57 degrees and sunny at 8:30 and I was feeling no pain.
After my run, my sister came home with one of her friends from grad school who came to visit. I had only had a banana, so brunch sounded wonderful and we headed down the block to Hutch. It was pretty good, though the over-easy eggs I ordered for my chicken avocado toast came out over-hard. A little disappointing, but it was satisfying nonetheless.
To burn off our huge brunch, we wound through a street music festival and checked out some of the booths. There were some interesting finds there, but I ultimately didn’t buy anything. Probably for the best, because my credit card is not a fan of me right now.
We continued on once we reached the end of the festival and down into Lincoln Park. There we stopped a cute boutique called Alice + Wonder. There was a lot of cute clothes and knick-knacks in there, but I managed to limit myself to a cute striped T shirt (can never have enough!) for just $14.
After a ton of walking — my phone says five miles of it! — we returned to my sister’s apartment and vegged out a little. Later, my sister and her friend went out for sushi, but I opted to stay in and grab some Chipotle and watch Netflix. That turned into a rousing couple games of Skip-Bo with my sister’s roommates and their friends (and more wine). I’m such a fan of chill nights.
Sunday started off pretty lazy, but revved up real fast. My brother, who is crashing at my sister’s while he works an internship in the city, and I snagged breakfast at Melrose’s. I got the Southwest Skillet (and this time my eggs came out the right way), which was great, but the service was pretty sub-par.
Then I hung around and read for a while before we headed back out for the day. We grabbed brunch again, this time down by the river at the Bridge House Tavern. We split the Beignets (OMG) and I kept it on the lighter side with the Avocado Salad. We managed to get there just in time, too, because a storm rolled in right after we sat down. Luckily it passed quickly and it was gorgeous for the rest of the day!
After brunch, we headed across the river toward Millennium Park. But rather visit the Bean, we decided to check it out from a better vantage point. I’ve heard a lot about Cindy’s and it did not disappoint.
(But before we headed up to Cindy’s we spotted a Loft Outlet, and I did some damage there. But the deals were so good! Oops.)
Our next stop was the architecture river tour. I had never done it before and am not typically into touristy things, but I’ve heard it’s the one touristy thing anyone should do in Chicago. I wasn’t planning on tagging along, but thought I might regret it if I didn’t, and it was fantastic. You get to see the city from a whole different point of view, and it was phenomenal. I can’t recommend it enough.
Finally, we capped the day with a Chicago dog (for my sister’s friend’s sake; I am not a fan) and a beer at Pippin’s. Then I headed back while the other two met up with some others at a drag show. By then, I was done spending money, so I tapped out, went home and called Kyle.
My last day in Chicago started with another run. This time I headed toward the lakefront path, which I should have been doing from the beginning. I swear, my runs would be much more enjoyable if I had that view every day!
I put in 3.4 miles total, out and back. Funnily enough, I had been having some shin pain from walking around the previous two days and it did not show up at all on my run. Then the second I put regular shoes back on, my shin started hurting again (it still hurt on Tuesday, too). Our bodies are weird.
Finally, we headed to the South Side for some Memorial Day baseball at the White Sox game. The weather was fantastic and we were in the shade so I had no chance of getting sun-burned (I am never prepared for it). Better yet, the White Sox beat the Red Sox 5-4!
Then it was time to head home. I managed to bypass all the traffic from Friday (this time by paying $8 in tolls) and got home in two hours flat. After meeting with a dog-walking client (I started a thing, more to come), I grabbed dinner, settled onto the couch and vegged out to some more Netflix (guys, The Keepers is fascinating and disturbing. Watch it!). A perfect wrap to a perfect weekend.
How was your Memorial Day Weekend?