Monday, June 11, 2012

Chicago Weekend

What a fun weekend I had in Chicago with Tim and a bunch of our friends. Since I've been before I took the backseat on planning (which was super hard for me) and let him decide on what he wanted to do. He picked several things that I'd done before, but it's really so fun to see a city through the eyes on someone who has never been before.

We went for a wedding on Saturday outside of the city, but we thought it would be fun to go in early Thursday and do our sight seeing and adventuring. We took a super early flight so we were into the city by 9 AM Thursday.

We first stopped at the bean, of course. What's a trip to Chicago without seeing the bean? Look at Tim in the background. I thought this was such a cute picture.

We did lunch at the John Hancock Center, but we didn't get a picture.
We then headed back to Millenium Park with some friends before heading to Wrigley Field.
Afterwards we had a little rest for a bit (after a long morning of flying and sight seeing) before heading to dinner at Gibson's. It's an old school Chicago steak house, and it was delicious! My steak was cooked perfectly, and it was one of the most flavorful steaks I've had. Our side dishes and appetizers were unique and creative and were outside of the normal steakhouse box. I couldn't complain about a thing. 
After dinner we went to have drinks at the bar at the Waldorf Astoria. It was perfect. The atmosphere was low key, but there was ambiance that allowed us to chat at normal levels and have fun with a big group. Everyone met up there after a few of us headed to dinner at different places (there were 8 people total hanging around the city together on Thursday).
Friday was the Architecture Boat tour (this was my third one and it's still interesting) and lunch at the Chicago Pizzeria Lou Malnati's. Delicious! If you go to Chicago you just must go to this place. We had a ball!

Before doing that, though, I met Meghan for a spin class at FlyWheel. This spin class was like nothing else. When you visit Chicago, or if you live there, you have to go. The bikes tell you your resistance and speed, and when you leave the class you can check the estimated calories and distance during the class. I'm spoiled now and was sad to return to my normal gym spin class with nothing fancy this morning.
Saturday was wedding day! We crammed ourselves into the limos provided to take us offsite to the wedding, and I had to take a picture. It was a funny ride!
We had a ball at the wedding. So much so that I didn't remember to take very many pictures...

And that was our Chicago weekend! Now I'm back and ready to go with our own wedding planning. I've got lists to work through and I just hope it can all be done. The day is coming!


Emily grapes said...

Love that picture of you two in the bean. So cute.

I can't believe you sought out a spin class! you're an animal. Now you make me want to go their specifically for my very first class. I need to start my experience off with a bang! ;)

Love your wedding dress. Its so cute, and you're looking great, girl!!
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Meggan said...

What a fabulous weekend! I love the architectural tour of Chicago! I used to live in Chicago, and it is such a fun thing to do. You looked so pretty at the wedding! xoxo

Nichole said...

Sounds like a great weekend! I love the dress you wore to the wedding!

Lauren said...

Love the pictures in front of the bean, we have still yet to visit Chicago :-)

taylor said...

i love the dress that you wore to the wedding. it's so cute! chicago is one of my favorite cities. so much to do there.

G-money said...

I love all of the dresses you had!!

Allison said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! Chicago is one of my favorite cities! How fun you met up with a fellow blogger to exercise! I like it :)

Jessica said...

Looks like an amazing trip! Jealous you got to spend time with Meghan and Emily!!!!

Dana @five30three said...

Yay, that's my city! I was at Millennium Park on Thursday too. The weather was perfect, so I took my son on a walk and waited for my hubby to get done with work and walk the few miles back home together.

Looks like you guys had a wonderful time. Great photos. Thanks for linking up with us!

Meghan @ Shine On said...

You are seriously adorable. I absolutely love Chicago. My aunt lived two blocks from Wrigley Field for years, so we were always spoiled when we visited.

Happy Tuesday!


Kristin W said...

I'm so in love with the dress you wore to the wedding! SO pretty! And I am DYING to get to Chicago!

Sarah said...

Such a great looking weekend! I spent mine in Chicago as well!! We took a boat down the river Saturday night but I have been dying to the architecture tour too!

Meghan said...

You look so pretty! I am so glad we were able to go to Flywheel! It was great to see you!

Sar said...

That dress on you looks gorgeous, Meg! Love it!

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