5.05.2011

Chicago - My Kind Of Town

Girls' Trip!! So much fun. We walked, ate, laughed, drank, danced, shopped, spent and....get this...got hit by a Chicago city bus.  Yes, I'm going to make you sit through my vacation pictures. Deal with it.


Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millenium Park

Frank Gehry is one of my favorite architects. This is one of the most important pieces of modern architecture in the country, in my humble opinion.

The Electric Bean. See the city in the reflection?

I have no idea what this is called, but it's so beautiful and elegant.

One of the most endearing things about Chicago, for me, is its commitment to beautifying the city with flowers. There are massive displays of flowers everywhere as well as these little displays outside of shops or restaurants.

Ben, our rickshaw driver. I felt sorry for him, peddling me and Julie about 2 miles through the city. It was a little scary, but it was fun. We waved to the crowds as if we were royalty, which is so juvenile, but hilarious.

Part of water tower square.


Red Head Piano Bar. We saw  the musical "Next To Normal" on Friday night {very good, but a major downer} and then made our way over here. This was my second time here and it's such a good time.
{You can't see us very well, but Michelle is back left and Johnna is left front. I'm back right and Julie is front right. We ordered the martini sampler.}
I'm not sure, but I think this quilt was made from kimono silks. It was so beautiful.


On Saturday, Julie and I made our way over to the Edgewater Antique Mall - tons of cool mid-century stuff.


This quilt is circa 1950 - a liberated log cabin! This was such a cool quilt.

This hexie quilt was huge and extremely heavy. Some brainiac backed it with a comforter.

This is a pieced hexie top. It was a twin size and I'm guessing it was 1950s or 1960s. It was only $28 - I should have bought it and finished it. Kick myself. Maybe I'll call them and see if I can still buy it and they'll ship.

This is the back. It's a combo of hand and machine piecing.

Julie and I rode the train for the first time. We're both big fans of mass public transportation. We're such dorks that this was one of the highlights of our trip.

Saturday night was so much fun! We went out to Rush Street and danced like college girls and generally got a little wild. We even met an Australian rugby team - can you say eye-candy? I so needed to cut loose with my girls.

On our way out of town, Johnna's car got hit by a city bus!! It was the most ridiculous display of inefficiency I've ever seen. Trying to get a police report filed and insurance taken care of was almost comical. The Chicago Transit Authority {CTA} chased this bus around its route trying to get the plate number, the bus VIN  number, the driver's info. It took 6 CTA "supervisors" 2 hours to get our story. It looked like a crime scene by the time the cops and all of the CTA people got there! Seriously - ridiculous.

Fun. Where to next year, ladies?

2 comments:

  1. Looks like you had fun. Those are great pictures for quilting inspiration!

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  2. I saw that 1st photo and thought to myself that it reminded me of the Walt Disney Concert Hall here in LA... and then the 2nd photo confirmed it - definitely Frank Gehry! Love his work, so does the hubs. I got him a cool Frank Gehry Fossil watch a few years ago, that's the only bit of Gehry that will ever be able to afford, lol!

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