Well, hello, there! This summer has been full of weekend adventures and escapades and I LOVE IT. (Even better, it’s not stopping any time soon.) First there was a delightful day trip with the girls, then the hubs and I took a tour of the farm where they make the tastiest sheep cheese, next Mom came to visit SF, I enjoyed a day on the Russian River with a girlfriend, and finally I hopped a plane to Chicago to see my college roommate. Oh, and we took the opportunity to check out the Justin Timberlake & Jay Z concert, too. A-MAH-zing.
Visiting with college friends called for some bubbly (especially since we had to wait a couple of hours for a table at Rick Bayliss’ Frontera Grill. We hit up Pops for Champagne for drinks and oysters. Not even a sprinkle of rain could keep us from enjoying the warm city night.
Visiting the Art Institute of Chicago was a highlight for me, although I felt like I could’ve spent another couple of hours there (or days).
One of my favorites was seeing Monet’s Haystack series. I loved imagining Monet returning to the same spot for months to paint the changing seasons’ effect on seemingly mundane objects.
We met up with an old Keystone Camp friend of mine for drinks at the Signature Lounge in the Hancock Building, which is a 95th-floor cocktail bar. The view was amazing, which made up for the just-ok-but-pricey cocktails.
Next was an evening boat ride in Chicago Harbor. It rained while we were on the boat, but that made for a lovely sky once the rain stopped falling. I can’t get enough of nighttime cityscapes.
On my last night in town, we topped things off with the oh-so-amazing Justin Timberlake and Jay Z concert at Soldier Field, which pretty much meant a night full of dancing and singing and cheering and happiness.