The Windy City

Russ and I headed to the great city of Chicago for the weekend to celebrate my niece Caitlin’s wedding.  Being the youngest of nine kids, I have been fortunate to have enjoyed many family weddings!  Two of my five brothers live in Chicago so Russ and I have visited here many times. In fact, I snuck into the Chicago marathon and ran the last 10 miles with my sister Dee back in 1994…my first long distance run!

On Saturday, Russ and I started our day with a jog along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.  We always wrap up our runs with a Starbucks coffee and this day was no different!

Chicago is situated along the Chicago River and there is a great walking and biking path along the water.

A trip to Chicago would not be complete without a trip to the bean.  A great reflective sculpture that resembles a big jelly bean!

You can’t miss the Wrigley building-a big majestic building with a clock tower.

We have enjoyed Old Navy Pier on previous trips to Chicago with it’s great Ferris Wheel ride, but this time we just took a quick pic from the river. Old Navy Pier is a great place to enjoy some family time with rides, tourist gift shops and restaurants.

It’s hard to miss the Marilyn Monroe statue across from the Wrigley building and next to the Tribune Tower.  This is a new addition to the cityscape!

Next to Marilyn, is the Tribune Tower which contains 120 stones from around the world including the Parthenon in Greece, the pyramids in Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India and many more.  Here’s a couple I spotted on our walk around the building…

And this one of the White House.

We of course had to visit Fox and Obel which is my favorite grocery store in the city and enjoyed a light lunch in their cafe.

Russ and I shared a chicken pesto panini and some homemade potato chips.  Very yum but I was so hungry I forget to get a picture! I am glad we shared our sandwich–it was very filling!  This place is a foodie’s dream come true!  Just check out these breads…

We stumbled upon these 2 great catering trucks one for us and one for our furry friends.

You’ve gotta love this truck with a cute name…

The cupcake truck had many yummy cupcake choices and what I loved best was that they came in both big and mini sizes.

Russ and I chose a 4 pack of mini cupcakes. Hello…so yum!The red velvet cupcake was deeelish–and called Devil in disguise!  Be on the lookout for the Flirty Cupcake truck if you visit the Windy City.  Right next to Flirty Cupcakes was was this big yellow truck… Which made me miss our dog, Lucy!

And if my chocolate lab Lucy was with us, I know I would have treated her to one of these cute treats.

After our run and walk around the city, we caught up with our family and enjoyed a fabulous wedding! Congrats to Caitlin and Scott! I caught a quick pick on their trip down the aisle!

Back home in Boston! Glad to be home with our family…the Boys, Lucy, and Eddie and Molly (the cats).  There is no place like home, right?