Monday, July 6, 2009

I'm back!

Miss Chef and I had a great, busy, memorable and exhausting trip to Chicago. We ate a lot, walked a lot, rode the El a lot, saw a lot, bought some, saw some friends and generally crammed in as much as we could in the six days we had.

We stayed with a friend of mine from college days, Fred, and his wife Sarah, as well as their dog and two cats. We actually didn't see all that much of Fred & Sarah, as we were up and out of the house most days. Miss Chef had definitely scheduled in three restaurants she wanted to dine at--Tru, Avec and Topolobampo--and we found several more in the neighborhood's website. We were staying in Andersonville, a lovely, hip and increasingly touristy area north of town. So not only did we have the usual Chicago stuff to see--Second City, Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum--but a lot to see and do right around us.

When we got home, we had taken over 100 photos, but I've whittled it down to 20 to share with you all. Don't worry, I've done it in slideshow format, so this post won't go on forever. Fair warning though, it was overcast much of the time, so there's a lot of gray. Still, I hope you enjoy it!

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow: July 2009


  1. Glad to have you, Ms Flartus. Miss Chef is very cool. I can't believe you put up with Phineas, who was up to full speed and almost killed me this morning when I tripped on him.

  2. Beautiful photographs, Flar. But the best part is having you and MC back. Your adoring public has missed you!

  3. Great pics! Tru is one of my all time favorite restaurants. I had one of the tasting meals and it went on for such a lovely long time and everything was fabby. Cost an arm and a leg of course, but it's a treat for me. I also love their bathroom. The sink/glass trough thing is totally cool. I had to peek underneath it to see where the water went! Glad to see you back!

  4. seems like everybody else could get to your pics but I couldn't, I'll try again later. Gosh, I'm just salivating hearing about the great restaurants y'all visited. Glad you're back.

  5. Joanna, I'm sorry you couldn't see Flar's slide show - it was great! Thanks, Flartus, for taking us on the tour. I've been outside Chicago, but never in the city as far as I can remember.

    Nancy (still) in Atlanta

  6. Chicago is a great city and it looks like you enjoyed A LOT of it! Glad you had a fabulous vacation. Welcome home.

  7. Wow! Such stunning cityscape photos. I loved them all, especially the corn cob buildings. Neat!
    And the elephant statues....great angle!
    Chicago is such a unique place to visit. It's been years since I've been. Thanks for bringing me along virtually. It looks like all of you had such a wonderful time....and farmer's markets to boot! :)



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