Retracing Steps in Chicago

The Bean in Chicago

Many of our visits home to Illinois sadly don’t involve extra time to venture into Chicago. When we are able to extend our trip by a day or two Jordan and I make it a point to spend an afternoon in one of our favorite cities. I greatly miss it.

Even though February is typically one of the worst months to venture outside in Chicago, Jordan and I decided in advance of our recent trip we would make the best of it, snow or shine! Thankfully, the weekend we visited was rather mild for a midwestern winter. The sun was not shy!

Chicago Architecture

We were in town for a reunion show Jordan’s old band participated in. The whole weekend felt like a 10-year high school reunion. Haha. I still vividly remember that season in our life, as we had just started dating. So many memories of us are sprinkled all around Chicago: hotels we’ve stayed at for anniversaries, coffee shops we’ve dreamed in, streets we’ve walked hand-in-hand… I’m excited to introduce this baby to some of those places.

Saturday morning we woke early, excited to venture outside with our friends who drove in for the show. If there is one thing I’ve craved this pregnancy it’s brunch, so our day began with eggs, pancakes and decaf coffee.

Once our plates were cleared and we were parked closer to Michigan Ave, we ducked in and out of shops that struck our fancy (Zara! Top Shop! Dylan’s Candy Bar! Garret Popcorn! ). I found a few pieces of clothing at Uniqlo (of course Chicago gets one right after we move!). I had hoped to find more maternity sections at these stores (considering it was downtown) but alas it seems most are online only.

Uniqlo in Chicago

Street Performers in Chicago

Chicago Architecture

Chicago Architecture

Chicago Architecture

Even though it was chilly, because the sun was shining, everyone was out and about. There is a significant buzz felt when the sun is abundant in Chicago. It’s unlike anything I’ve experienced elsewhere.

Chicago Architecture

Chicago Architecture

^ My family took an architecture boat tour here when I was younger. I still remember the ride, but I don’t remember any of the information. I’d like to do it again.

Chicago Architecture

Chicago Architecture