My Kind of Town

Christmas tree at Daley Plaza.
Christmas tree at Daley Plaza.

Last week RM and I took a trip to Chicago to see some old, very dear friends of mine.  Not only was it a wonderful opportunity to see close friends, but it was also RM’s FIRST visit to Chicago!  Can you believe it?  I guess when you grow up in the Pacific Northwest, it’s normal to have never been to Chicago, but when you grow up in the Midwest like I did, Chicago is basically the center of your universe.

RM and I had one full day in the city before we beat feet and headed to Indiana to see my BFF, M and her family.  We leisurely enjoyed our day, in spite of the bitter cold.  We had so much fun wandering around the city, just the two of us.  My absolute favorite part of the day was the German Christmas market at Daley Plaza, called Christkindlemarket Chicago.  You can read all about it here.

We went to a wonderful, Italian restaurant called Quartino that evening with my close friend (of 10 years this past August—woot woot!) E and his partner.  His partner, B made reservations for us, and RM and I were more than pleased with the choice—food, ambiance, and great conversation.  Because I failed at taking a photo in the restaurant, you can check it out on their website.

After our whirlwind in Chicago, emphasis on wind, RM and I drove several hours to Indiana to see my BFF, M.  We were way too busy chatting up a storm and eating delicious food M cooked for me to take any photos!  My friend K even made it over to M’s place from Indy to join us for dinner and a late night Steak n Shake run.  Cheese fries anyone?  *Insert photo of cheese fries that I forgot to take because I was too busy stuffing my face*

Thanks to all of my lovely friends for hosting RM and me!  We had a great time and hope to see you all soon.  Karibuni Seattle!

Here are some more pics of our time in Chi-town.  Enjoy!

Our reflection in the bean, or "cloudgate," as it is officially called.
Our reflection in the bean, or “cloudgate,” as it is officially called.
RM posing with the bean.
RM posing with the bean.
Thrilled to see a creperie at the entrance of the Christmas market.
Thrilled to see a creperie at the entrance of the Christmas market.
My nutella and banana crepe halfway through.  I think I devoured it in less than 3 minutes, easily!
My nutella and banana crepe halfway through. I think I devoured it in less than 3 minutes, easily!
Christmas market
Christmas market
Giant cookies with cute phrases on them?  Sure!
Giant cookies with cute phrases on them? Totes adorbs.
Add a pretzel, make it German.
Add a pretzel and anything looks more German.
RM indulging me by letting me take his photo by the lights, even though we were FREEZING!
RM humoring me by letting me take his photo by the lights, even though we were FREEZING!
My turn!
My turn!
We couldn't leave town without a deep dish pizza!  Alicia, who worked the counter at Hertz, gave us a ride there so that we could be sure to have some before we drove to Indiana.
We couldn’t leave town without a deep dish pizza!  The woman working at the Hertz counter, Alicia, gave us a ride there so that we could be sure to have some before we drove to Indiana.  We were shocked and grateful for her kindness!
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