A couple weeks ago we got to spend a week with some good friends in Chicago, having a great time and exploring their city. It was the counterpart to our Austin staycation last year. I have a feeling this is going to be a yearly thing in some city. I hope. I mean, look at these kids.

Chicago in August

They really are such good buddies. And their parents are pretty good buddies too, if I do say so myself.

We took a Sunday morning to go downtown and visit the zoo, which was quite incredible for being a free zoo. Jude got to meet Trent, the Kenyan Sand Boa.

Chicago Zoo

Which sadly ended with a feverish little monkey that slept on me through our whole lunch and took a two hour nap after. Thankfully it was just a one day bug. Kids, so resilient.

sick little monkey

And I finally got to visit Millenium Park – a space I feel like I knew from all of the pictures I have seen. I mean, haven’t you seen this iconic bean (yes, I know, “Cloud Gate”)? It was even better in person.

Chicago in August

Not pictured, a hungry, tantruming four year old that wanted to ride the ‘L’ train. So after lunch . . . a trip on the iconic train (and much happier children)!

Chicago in August

Then, we got to spend a lovely evening sans kiddos in downtown Chicago at the Girl and the Goat. Love that we got to visit the winner of Top Chef season 4 in Chicago. And the food, so delicious. An epic meal.

Girl and the Goat

We walked around downtown Chicago and got better perspective on how small my beloved Austin really is. What an amazing downtown!

Chicago in August

And of course, our friends have friends that own a Frank Lloyd Wright house. Because, who doesn’t? So we got an amazing tour of the ‘Ravine House’ and I got to geek out on architecture (which I had been doing the whole time – so much history! And Fredrick Law Olmstead! And, and, and…!). Not pictured, the tantruming four year old.

Chicago in August

Despite how difficult it is to try and sight see with kiddos (and yes, despite what it looked like on social media, it was extremely trying), the real gem of our time in Chicago was the time spent with our friends. It was easy and meaningful and such a lovely break from our everyday life.

Looking forward to next year!


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  2. lalunaunita October 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    What a lovely trip! I know I’m reading a few months late, but so glad to see the photos (and the FLW house – amazing). Hope to hear more soon!

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