This is Sunday, April 12, 2015!
My first full day out in Chicago with Kiki as my guide. A move from the downtown conference hotel to “Bucktown” followed by brunch, mimosas, and about 4 different games across Logan Square.
I was in Chicago for a conference, it ended the day before. My first good sleep in since arriving!
Enjoying my laying around time in this luxurious hotel bed
Time to pack up
A perfect fit! This never happens.
But then I remember all the toiletries. Oh well. The effort was there.
Face on *hopeful glimmer*
Bundled and ready to make my big move away from the conference hotel to the airbnb I’ll be staying at closer to “Bucktown.”
Got all my stuff! Here we go.
I’ll miss these ridiculous elevator bays in this hilariously swanky hotel
Catch a cab to lug my stuff across town
The kind driver didn’t know where I was going, so he whipped out this little book with addresses. Haven’t seen a paper guide in a long time, kind of refreshing? But ultimately he pulled out his phone and plugged in the address to waze.
Shots from the car (there will be a lot, haha, Chicago is photogenic)
I’m like Hillary Duff abroad
A beautiful neighborhood! The buildings are all pointy little triangles stacked on rectangles. A totally different vibe than downtown. I appreciate this.
I drop my things off at my airbnb (which was great!) and then headed to walk to the nearest blue line station
Views from one street
Approaching the big street
Kiki was texting me at this time “go up the stairs, we’ll meet you at the top”
Sniper, engaged. Kiki spotted.
I love the Chicago “L” I don’t care who knows!!!!
Morning glow on the tracks
Took the blue line a few stops to Logan Square
Out to the fresh air
Put our names in at Lula Cafe. There was about an hour wait. Sent the boys in to get some coffees and found a seat to get our appetites primed.
Great view to stare at everybody in the window seats
Only a little spillage
And we’re in!
You know when you’re so hungry but you wait too long to eat you aren’t really hungry anymore? Hard to choose what to get.
Lula, pretty cute pretty cute
I decided on “The Royale”
‘Ders and Kiki
Fancy Bloody Mary!
And we’re out!
Took the scenic route to tour through Logan Square
The ORIGINAL Father and Son restaurant?!?! Coooo
The gray skies are my favorite
Tweedy lost in Chicago
A snow sign! So cool!
Grabbed a few beers before heading up for a Settlers of Catan game
It’s been so nice to see Kiki’s side of Chicago, experiencing a “lazy” Sunday and getting away from the downtown.
Obsessed with the kitties. Haven’t hugged an animal in almost a week.
I was second place. SO CLOSE. (I’m red)
Simple, but surprisingly fun game. Especially if you’re drinking mimosas.
Plus it gets everybody screaming random things like “bomb! Dragon! Splooge!”
And who could forget this classic, SPOONS!
Back out to the city! Decided to walk to our next venue, meeting up with my friend Colee that I’ve known since elementary school.
I think “Windy City” really means that somehow things get stuck up in a lot of trees really high up
There’s no stairs.
LOOK at this light
The Whistler! And their amazing packing peanuts + fan window
Known for their fancy ass cocktails
Here to “play test” a new Cards Against Humanity deck. And I got my favorite card! “A Falcon with a Cap on Its Head”
Friends since we were 5!
Good friendship moments all around
Also learned to play Slap 45, another newish game
Lots of slapping and shouting, that’s how you know it’s a good game.
Stopping for food at Revolution Brewery.
Duck grilled cheese WUT
Run for the Lyft!
Back to the airbnb hood
Cute little attic room.
Airbnb host has this adorable dog
Setting up to watch the premiere of GAME OF THRONES!
Somehow it’s only 11 am, but I’m exhausted.
Thanks Chicago and Kiki for a fun day!
Another ADIML in Chicago coming soon.
Much love friends.