Chi-Town, Bitches

Ok, ok, I know you’re all like, “Ginger posted two days in a row?!  OMG!”  I’ve neglected my blog writing/reading duties for a while due to a) school being a bitch right now, and b) being with my Fireman so much in my down time.  I figured I should tell you about our trip to Chicago last week, which was a freakin’ blast!

I had told him before spring break that I really wanted to get out of town for at least a day, and since my boys aren’t on spring break until next week (my mom and Bekki will be helping me out), I had my days free.  I had to get some observations done at the middle school, but we decided that we’d take a day and go to Chicago.  It’s only a two-hour drive, and my parents agreed to get the kids off the bus in the afternoon and get them on it the following morning, so I didn’t have to be home until the boys got home from school the next day.  We weren’t sure if we were staying the night (he has a good friend who lives there) or driving home, we didn’t really have much planned but to enjoy our time together. 

After the boys were off to school on Wednesday, I drove over to his house and we loaded up the car and hit the road.  We goofed off and listened to music and talked about everything under the sun.  For some reason, we also started talking alternately in heavy Chicago accents and also like Christopher Walken.  ‘Twas good times all around.  We were in the city by 10:00 (Chicago time) and made our way to my aunt’s condo.  It was overcast and cool, with lots of wind, so she offered to drive us to the Sears Tower (the one thing we wanted to be sure to do), and dropped us off.  We rode up the packed elevator (that thing is superfast!) and took in the views of the city and Lake Michigan. 

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We were there for about an hour or so, maybe longer, we weren’t really paying attention to the time!  When we left, it had warmed up quite a bit, and we began the walk to the Art Institute.  The plan was to meet my aunt there for lunch, and then go and see the Munch exhibit.

Lunch was good, and we visited with my aunt quite a bit.  The one thing I forgot to do was take pictures with her (DOH!), but we all had a good time, and I could tell that she liked my Fireman a lot.  She had plans to go visit a friend’s farm that afternoon, so she said goodbye after lunch and left us at the exhibit, which was amazing, by the way.  The really cool part?  My Fireman and I actually discussing the different artworks, why we liked or didn’t like pieces, and what was evoked by them.  Did I tell you he’s great or what?  I’ve been to the Art Institute several times since I’ve moved up here, and no matter who I’ve been with, it’s always been sort of walk through, look at the work, move on.  It was really nice to be able to discuss the art with someone who understood it (not that either of us know a lot about art).  My favorites were the wood cuts, which I had never seen before.

We looked through a few more of the exhibits there, and then decided we needed a pick me up.  We had been going since about 7 am, so we were pretty tired by this point.  We had planned to meet up with his friend for dinner, then head over to a comedy show afterward.  It was only about 3 in the afternoon, so we figured we’d go get an energy drink and walk around some before heading over to his friend’s apartment.  We just started walking around near Grant Park when his friend called and said he’d gotten out of his afternoon meetings, so we could come anytime we were ready.  We walked back to the car and drove over.  It wasn’t far, and didn’t take us too long to get there. 

His friend is a guy he’s known since high school, and is a graduate student working on his therapist’s lisence.  He and his girlfriend made me feel very welcome, and we chatted for a bit before changing clothes and freshening up for dinner.  We were beat by this point, but excited to go out on the town.  We ended up eating at a little neighborhood restaurant in Lincoln Park.  It was small and cozy, and very good.  Then we headed to the comedy club.  I didn’t know until we got there that it was Second City.  Ok guys…I am a HUGE Saturday Night Live fan, so this was a big deal to me.  His friend goes there a lot, and has never had trouble walking up and buying tickets, but the show was sold out that night, so we weren’t gonna get to see it.  😦  We weren’t that upset, and just kind of rolled with it.  We WILL have to go back with advanced tickets in hand, though!  😉

We weren’t really sure what we wanted to do at this point, but my Fireman wanted to visit a fire station to get a t-shirt, so we drove back over to the apartment, parked the car, and started walking.  We went to the station first, then walked around by the river.  It was an absolutely gorgeous night, and we got some amazing pictures (like the one I posted the other day) and these:

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When we finally made our way back to the apartment, we were ready to come home.  We said our goodbyes and got back on the road, getting home at a little after midnight.  It was such a great day and night, and I’m sure, the first of many trips to the wonderful city of Chicago.  I love that town.

8 Responses to “Chi-Town, Bitches”


  1. 1 kc March 26, 2009 at 10:39 am

    It’s my kind of town, Chicago is…

  2. 2 Bekki March 26, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Since I grew up there is that why you love me so much?

  3. 3 Ron March 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Wow looked like a really cool trip. And amazingly it didn’t appear to be to windy while you were there!

  4. 4 Evil Twin's Wife March 26, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Wow – what a fun day! I’m jealous you live so close to the city. The Evil Twin would love to visit there someday.

  5. 5 gingermagnolia March 26, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    KC – Mine, too. Maybe someday the two of us can meet up fo realz.

    Bekki – Nah, I love you because you’s a sexxxy beyotch.

    Ron – It was freakin’ awesome, and it WAS windy, just moreso earlier in the day. P.S. Chicago isn’t known as “The Windy City” because of the wind…

    ETW – You guys should definitely come visit sometime during the summer. There are so many things to do, and even just walking around can be fun (and romantic).

  6. 6 teeni March 29, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Great pics! I’m so glad you had a good time and that the two of you can enjoy such beautiful things and have conversations about them too. 🙂 Also it’s neat that you met up with your aunt and his friend while you were there.


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