Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Back from Chicago!

Hey, gang! Mr. Calm and I are back from our weekend in Chicago/Indiana to celebrate our anniversary (which is the 30th, but we always get started early ;)). We had a great time; I'm so glad we went. Even the excitement of seeing a new major city helped tamp down the pain in our butts from the seven-hour car ride.

Here are some highlights from the trip:

We stayed downtown, about two blocks from Michigan Avenue ("The Magnificent Mile"), on the 7th floor of our hotel.  This was our view.  Down below was Nordstrom's.  I liked to look out the window at the people and cars below.  Mr. Calm liked to growl out the window, "I'm BATMAN!"

Our first evening in town, we wandered around on Michigan Avenue, and off it we found a piano bar that we went to later.  STRONG drinks, cool place.  We felt very attended to... I found many people in Chicago to be really nice.
View just before dawn, from our hotel.

Saturday morning we walked toward the lake and the pier (because of the rain, we nixed going up Rush Street, our original plan).  Here's some city-approved graffiti.  Approved by me, too; if you're going to spray paint stuff, at least do a good job.

Mr. Calm at the shore of Lake Michigan.

And moi.  My toes were cold.

After we went to Navy Pier (eh), we took a cab down to Ed Debevic's, a diner that's been around since 1947 and apparently famous for its surly waiters.  Our server started off with a bang, and we were dotty old people through the entire meal (just for the record, I'm barely 42, and Mr. Calm is a senile 43).  Food was diner food, but the brown gravy I had to dip my fries in was delicious.

Okay, what's not to love about brownstones??


After lunch and a bit of lounging/resting footsies at the hotel, we walked over the Museum of Contemporary Art.  This is me playing with the multiple exposure feature on my Hipstamatic app.  We ended up getting in for free (!!) since we got there thirty minutes before the museum closed, and I was even more surprised that you could take pictures inside the museum.  Wha-wha-WHAT?

We left Chicago around 8:30 Sunday morning.  Along the way back is Fair Oaks Farms, one of the largest dairy farms in the country.  We took the tour, which takes you around the farm and to the milking carousel.

This is inside the birthing barn.  She seems to be pregnant with twins, because she was twice as large as the cow behind her.  And yes, we got to see a baby calf being born!  I booked it over there as soon as I saw that it was happening, and it took about twenty, twenty-five minutes.  Not gross at all, either.  Toward the end, with the baby most of the way out, I was whispering, "Come on, momma!", although I also felt bad for her: when you've gone through labor, it's hard not to feel bad when you know how much pain they're in.  And maybe bewilderment, since this was her first calf.

Our last stop was Lynn's Paradise Cafe in Louisville, Kentucky.  I've been wanting to go there for years, and it didn't disappoint in the kitsch factor.  Ugly lamps, Formica tables and chairs, all kinds of retro knick knacks and doodads.  Unfortunately, the food really did disappoint me.  So, if you like kitsch, give it a try... but the food ain't worth a second trip.

Aaaand... that's our trip to Chicago!  Loved getting away to a new place with the love of my life. :)


  1. Sounds like a wonderful weekend away despite the rain :) I love big cities!

  2. love you photos and stories! looks and sounds like a fantastic time! How cool to see a calf getting born!
    The photo of Mr Calm on the shore is so atmospheric.
    At our art museum you can take photos of the permanent collections, but not the traveling ones.

  3. I'm so glad you had a great trip! All your photos are so fun!

  4. Beautiful photos! I always enjoy getting back to Chicago. I'm glad that you had such a good trip. Happy anniversary!

  5. Great photos and it looks like you had a lot of fun!

    That poor cow - I bet she wasn't too happy when she finally delivered. Ugh!

  6. I'm glad you and Mr. Calm had a great weekend! It's been ages since I've been to Chicago so I enjoyed your photos! How cool you got to see the cow being born!

  7. Looks like a fun trip. I love the graffiti :)

  8. Happy Anniversary (even if it is early:)