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The Big Summer Finale

I realized over the weekend that while fall is fast approaching, the leaves are turning, and (except for Saturday) the temperature has been dropping, that I never really recapped the summer. Truth be told, somewhere in August, the weather just decided that it was time to change Seasons. It wasn’t gradual. One day we just woke up and it was too cool to be at the pool. Even Labor Day was too brisk to lounge out in the sun and cuddle up with a good book in the last final rays of sunshine. So sadly, there was no big Summer Finale, but that didn’t make the summer any less beautiful.

Summer in Chicago begins in June. As soon as it was warm enough, Big A and I could be found at the pool every weekend. We would have a big breakfast and then be lounging, facing the bright morning sun with our books by 10AM. Around noon, one of us would come up and make snacks of veggies with dips and return to the heat of the rays. By 6, we would be exhausted, sun burnt, and ready to call it quits. We’d shower and wash all the sunscreen and chlorine away. Then make Bloody Mary’s or Margaritas before packing up the grilling stuff, and heading downstairs to make dinner in the shade. Sometimes, we’d even eat on the balcony or have popsicles as the sun went down.

Sure, we did other things this summer. We saw shows, went to festivals, etc. But nothing was quite as special as relaxing in the sun together before sharing a grilled meal and a popsicle in the summer heat.

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Just three more blocks

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of visiting, tourist-ing, and sharing my city with all the people I love.

My mom, my sister, and my nearest and dearest Aunt came up to Chicago for a weekend full of fun and surprises. Going on vacation is one of my most favorite past times and getting to share my city with them felt like just that. The weekend was full of so many things that I just want to put here so I never forget:

  • A lake shore cruise that mom fell asleep on
  • Several Charcuterie boards
  • Seeing Hamilton
  • Not eating breakfast until 11
  • A trip to Navy Pier
  • Shopping on State Street – including Macy’s
  • Very, very strong Saki with delicious but spicy Chinese food
  • A tiki bar with a drink the size of my head
  • “Just 3 more blocks”
  • Taking the red line to Restoration Hardware
  • A lovely dinner at Maple + Ash that was full of firsts for me: Chicken liver mousse, crab, lobster, clam, mussels, and oysters
  • A Clio Spanish Wine
  • Lots of Pictures

We never made it to the bean but it was a weekend full of fun and love. Let’s do it again soon ladies!

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