Our good friends Rachel and Mark moved to Chicago last summer where Mark would be getting his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management. Having been friends with Rachel for the last seven years, I knew that I would try to go visit at some point during their time there. Now Mark just finished his first year of his MBA program and got an awesome summer internship out in Seattle; with Rachel still working in Chicago, we were hoping to have a girls weekend at some point during the summer months. Fortunately an opportunity came up last week thanks to work. I was making my first trip out to our client, General Mills, in Minneapolis and would be there until Friday morning. Instead of flying back home to San Antonio, I was able to fly out to Chicago to spend a couple of days with Rachel! I landed Friday around 1:00 in the afternoon and after a bit of a delay to taxi to our gate (we were held back by a lightning storm and sat out on the run way for about 45 minutes), we were finally able to get out of the airport and make our way over to Evanston for lunch. We went and ate at this great local restaurant called the Dixie Kitchen and had some awesome fried catfish. Yum!
After lunch, we drove over to their apartment and dropped off all my stuff. A light rain had come through while we were out eating but it let up for a bit, which allowed us to go for a walk to part of the Northwestern campus and the edge of Lake Michigan. I loved checking out all of the different homes and apartments along the way! Not sure how many times I raved about all of the ivy on the buildings :)
We soon made it to the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and walked through part of the campus to get to the lake (an area called Lakeside). It’s amazing how huge Lake Michigan is; it honestly looked like we had reached an ocean!
While we were walking around and checking out the different messages on the rocks around Lakeside, we started to hear some thunder again so we walked back to Rachel’s apartment and made it just in time before it started to rain. It didn’t seem like it was going to stop anytime soon and we weren’t going to let that ruin our dinner plans! The rain wasn’t too heavy, so we grabbed some umbrellas and walked over to a place with some great deep dish pizza: Lou Malnati’s. It’s probably a good thing that we walked, that pizza was pretty heavy! :) We ended the day with some wine and two episodes of Downton Abbey – if you haven’t started watching this show yet, you definitely need to!
Saturday was going to be a very full and fun day (which is why this trip will be broken out into two posts!). We got started by walking over to the Evanston Farmers Market. This is definitely hands-down the best farmers market I’ve ever been to. The one here in San Antonio at the Pearl is pretty good, but the one in Evanston hadso much different produce, from berries to carrots to varieties of zucchini. They also had some of the most beautiful flowers I’ve ever seen. Pretty sure I stuck out like a tourist taking so many pictures!
Stay tuned for another post on our adventures in Chicago, including a Cubs. vs. Diamondbacks game at Wrigley Field!