Saturday, May 6, 2017
Return to the windy city and I cannot wait! It will be my fifth or sixth trip. I have sort of lost track of how many times I have had the opportunity to explore. My first trip was 2007 in January. I overlooked the weather and made the best of the experience. Unfortunately my travel companion was not a great partner. We separated after the first stretch of the trip. He headed to the suburbs and I sought solace in another hotel in the city. We did manage to fly back to Denver without too much difficulty. I knew that Sam and I would never recover from that trip. He had motives that I did not agree with nor know about.
The next trip, I visited in August. I had more opportunity to explore as the weather was agreeable. I dined at Tru with a 19 yr-old intern. I felt like Mrs. Robinson while enjoying a 9 course meal with another Sam, ironically. This kid was conflicted on whether he wanted to be a musician or pursue a career in the culinary arts. I listened to the quandary and had an epic meal.
I signed up for a 10k a few years ago with Sara Jo. Initially, the Goddess was going to accompany us. It was her idea to run that particular race and weekend. We could attend a Cub's game. All of it changed when she found out she was pregnant. Sara Jo and I committed to the trip and made it a culinary experience. I managed to score a reservation at Trotter's six weeks before it closed. I felt very fortunate to have dined there.
I have yet to attend a game at Wrigley Field. That will continue to evade me as the Cub's are heading to Denver. Irony ensues. I would love to attend a game but every trip to Chicago is more food focused. I enjoy experiencing the cuisine and am looking forward to this trip as well.
There will be a return to the pig. Last trip in October we dined there twice. It was that good! This colorful dish was as delicious as appetizing. I still think of how amazing the stuffed squid was. We will dine there twice--when we arrive and before we depart.
I think we will do the architecture tour, signature room during the day (last time we saw it at night. It is such a different view. I want Maghan to see it during the day), lots of food and perhaps a yoga class. I am still figuring out if and when I can make that happen. I know two girls that I admire in the teaching realm that live in Chicago. One of them,I met, in New Zealand in 2008. She has been living in Chicago off and off since 2009. I experienced Amber's class in Denver in 201. The other girl I met in Phoenix. Gina is a sequencing queen. I have not remained in close contact with her but I know she is living in Chicago and teaching at a few different studios. I suppose attending her class will remind me of the yoga community in AZ. I would enjoy that immensely.
Mostly I need to figure out the distance between where we are staying and where the studio is. I know that there is a class that would fit into our schedule on Wednesday. I booked a spa treatment at a Russian spa. I am a huge fan of the Banya treatment. I discovered this service while living in Denver. Unfortunately, I no longer support that spa which is another long story.
So, Chicago next week. Lots of food, some sight seeing and yoga or perhaps a run along Lakeshore Drive. It will be lovely!