To continue on my ADD rampage, today I am going to show you guys a few pictures of Chicago, where I went for Halloween weekend.
Jimmy and I went to Chicago. Why? Well, I'd like to claim it was for a romantic getaway, but that's a lie. We went because Widespread Panic was playing there. I had never actually seen Widespread before (YES, ok, I did go to UGA.... I'm just lame I guess), so we went up for the Halloween show.
What did I think? It was really great. I enjoyed the music quite a bit. It reminded me of Allman Brothers (I can actually hear you groaning), which is a good thing in my book.
One of the reasons I liked the show so much was because we got to dress up.... awesome. I've never been to any Halloween shows, so I was psyched for this aspect. I was just going to be a regular indian until Jimmy told me about this Widespread song called Blue Indian. No brainer (thanks to Adam for the sweet costume ideas).
Jimmy was the Gingerbread man. I was hesitant about that at first, but once I saw how much everyone loved it it was really funny.
Another reason I liked the show so much was because it was in the Chicago Theater. It was such a cool place. It reminded me a lot of the Fox Theater. See the window behind us in the first picture? You could see the stage through it.
I took this photo from the upper balcony looking down to the lobby. That chandelier was amazing. The whole place had such a cool feel.
Im sure you recognize the sign from the play/movie. Great night. Great band. I will for sure see them again.
We got to stay at the Ritz Carlton there. It was an amazing hotel with truly exceptional service... they delivered me a cappuccino in the business center and knew us when we got out of the cab. I was extremely impressed. The Ritz Carlton Chicago is managed by Four Seasons - so it is actually a Four Seasons Hotel rather than a Ritz. Jimmy works for the Four Seasons, so we get to stay there for free. Yes, I am really enjoying that girlfriend perk.
The VERY helpful concierge told us about this cool wine bar in the basement of the Seneca Hotel across the street. Jimmy and I went over after we got in on Friday and had a glass of wine. I could not recommend it more highly. It is in the basement of Francesca's. I loved the feel in there, especially the exposed brick groin vaulted ceilings.
We also went to Garrett popcorn shops. Go there. You will not regret it. I dont even really like popcorn, and we had to stand in a small line. SO WORTH IT! Go!
Sunday we went to RL, which is Ralph Lauren's only restaurant. Jimmy and I both agree it was the highlight of the trip. The food was fantastic and the people were beautiful. No kidding, every person in there looked like a model. There was black and white photograph everywhere, and the interiors were spectacular.
See? Thank you so much to Linda Williams for recommending!
And finally... it's not like I could leave Chicago without the architecture boat tour down the river. Yes we were sitting in freezing rain cupping hot chocolate, so no I did not get out my notepad and take down the names of all of these buildings... you should be happy that I got any pictures at all! I thought I was going to lose my fingers to the frostbite. If you know what these buildings are I would love you to leave a comment at the bottom ant tell me so I can fill them in. I know I could spend hours researching that, but it's Friday afternoon and I'm running out of time, so help a girl out, will ya?
These corn cob looking buildings are my favorite ones in Chicago.... I know most people hate them, but I don't. So there.
Here is a picture of them from Saturday night.
I think they are parking decks... which isn't really that cool, but whatever.
It was a really great trip. Chicago is my favorite city other than Atlanta, so I was happy as a little clam there. Did you know they have a TopShop there? They do, and it's amazing. I'll be back soon. For sure.
NEXT TOPIC: Showing a house.
Linda Williams, who recommended RL to us, is absolutely phenomenal at showing houses. She recently made a video of her showing 515 West Paces Ferry Road, a listing she shares with Glennis Beacham. The house is stunning, and Linda does a great job showing it. Do yourself a favor and watch the video. You'll love it!
Doesn't she do a great job? I'm really proud of her and this video!
It's time to choose a winner in the Melissa Payne Baker painting giveaway!
Ok, I am going to find a random number generator...
Congratulations Emily! You won the Itty Bitty! I will be in touch to sort out the details with you.
See you guys Monday! Have a great weekend :)