Monday, June 30, 2014

Beachin'

The past week and a half has been nothing but cloudy, rainy gray sky here in Chicago. Side note: am I the only one who was unaware of how utterly foggy Chi-Town gets? I actually can't see the buildings on the side of Lakeshore as I drive to work. 
Anyways . . . Saturday morning the sun was peaking out from behind the clouds so I grabbed by beach babe an headed straight for the lake. 
















After a few hours, some dark and ominous storm clouds rolled in, forcing us to leave with new tan lines (and burns) in tow. Oh, sun, how I've missed you!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Day At Wrigley

I went into the weekend having no plans whatsoever. Then last minute Lauren called and said she had an extra ticket to the Cubs game and would I go with her? Yes! I mean . . . yeah, sure, whatever.  
Going to a Cubs game was one thing that I was dying to do this summer and when I finally got the chance, I took almost no pictures. I was so wrapped up in taking it all in, which I guess is a good thing, right? 





I definitely want to check out the rooftop bleachers next time and I promise to take more pictures the second time around! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lincoln Park Conservatory

This past weekend was my first weekend in the city without someone wasn't staying with me. I figured I would have a low-key, adventure-less weekend but then again, does anyone really plan on adventures?
Saturday afternoon, I settled in at the park with my book. After a while, I became distracted by the multitudes of touristing families trying to take skyline selfies and began looking at everything around me. I realized that despite coming to this park multiple times a week, I had never visited the building at the end of it: the Lincoln Park Conservatory. See where I'm going with this?


Walking in, it's hot, stuffy and the air felt heavy. My inner Hobbit was prepared to turn around and return to the comfort of my bench but I went through anyways and I can't tell you enough what a good choice it was. 





My 10 year old self would have loved this and would have promptly gone searching for dinosaurs.

Did I say 10? I meant early-twenty year old self (aka me today).












 
I ended up walking around the conservatory twice. It's beautiful, serene and surprisingly relaxing. If flowers and planets aren't your thing, the fern room is something straight out of Jurassic Park so it's totally worth it just for that alone. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Wandering Tourist

You know what the best part about having friends come visit you is? Getting to play tourist for the day in your city. Navy Pier is my favorite spot downtown and when I found out Allie has never been, well it would be a sin against Chicago not to take her. 
































There's nothing like pretending to be a tourist to make you look at things differently and remind you of why you love the city in the first place.  

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