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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.

Enjoy!

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I was in Chicago for a conference, it ended the day before. My first good sleep in since arriving!

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Enjoying my laying around time in this luxurious hotel bed

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Time to pack up

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A perfect fit! This never happens.

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But then I remember all the toiletries. Oh well. The effort was there.

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Face on *hopeful glimmer*

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Bundled and ready to make my big move away from the conference hotel to the airbnb I’ll be staying at closer to “Bucktown.”

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Got all my stuff! Here we go.

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I’ll miss these ridiculous elevator bays in this hilariously swanky hotel

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Check out

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So ornate

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Catch a cab to lug my stuff across town

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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.

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Shots from the car (there will be a lot, haha, Chicago is photogenic)

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I’m like Hillary Duff abroad

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A beautiful neighborhood! The buildings are all pointy little triangles stacked on rectangles. A totally different vibe than downtown. I appreciate this.

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I drop my things off at my airbnb (which was great!) and then headed to walk to the nearest blue line station

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Views from one street

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Good solution.

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Approaching the big street

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Kiki was texting me at this time “go up the stairs, we’ll meet you at the top”

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Sniper, engaged. Kiki spotted.

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I love the Chicago “L” I don’t care who knows!!!!

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Platform babies

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Morning glow on the tracks

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Took the blue line a few stops to Logan Square

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Out to the fresh air

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Logan Square!

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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.

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Great view to stare at everybody in the window seats

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Glam

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Only a little spillage

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Still waitin’

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Stillll waitin’

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Stiiiiillllll waitin’

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And we’re in!

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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.

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Lula, pretty cute pretty cute

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I decided on “The Royale”

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Sip sip

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‘Ders and Kiki

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Fancy Bloody Mary!

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Hello, royale

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And we’re out!

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Took the scenic route to tour through Logan Square

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The ORIGINAL Father and Son restaurant?!?! Coooo

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The gray skies are my favorite

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Tweedy lost in Chicago

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Parkour

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A snow sign! So cool!

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Grabbed a few beers before heading up for a Settlers of Catan game

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It’s been so nice to see Kiki’s side of Chicago, experiencing a “lazy” Sunday and getting away from the downtown.

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Obsessed with the kitties. Haven’t hugged an animal in almost a week.

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I was second place. SO CLOSE. (I’m red)

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Simple, but surprisingly fun game. Especially if you’re drinking mimosas.

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Plus it gets everybody screaming random things like “bomb! Dragon! Splooge!”

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And who could forget this classic, SPOONS!

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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.

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Action

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Snake

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I think “Windy City” really means that somehow things get stuck up in a lot of trees really high up

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There’s no stairs.

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LOOK at this light

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The Whistler! And their amazing packing peanuts + fan window

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Known for their fancy ass cocktails

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Here to “play test” a new Cards Against Humanity deck. And I got my favorite card! “A Falcon with a Cap on Its Head”

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Colee!

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Friends since we were 5!

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Good friendship moments all around

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Also learned to play Slap 45, another newish game

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Lots of slapping and shouting, that’s how you know it’s a good game.

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Yup

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Stopping for food at Revolution Brewery.

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Duck grilled cheese WUT

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Run for the Lyft!

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Back to the airbnb hood

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Cute little attic room.

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Airbnb host has this adorable dog

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Setting up to watch the premiere of GAME OF THRONES!

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Nailed it

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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.

Posted by:sarahwaldo

By day I'm a content producer at an arts org in Los Angeles, by night I am the overly apologetic brain and face of sleepywaldo.blog

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