I remember that when we got married, I thought a milestone like a 10th anniversary seemed so far away. If you think about the decades of our early lives, a lot happens within a 10 year timeframe. For example, I was 23 when we got married, so if I thought back 10 years to when I was only 13, it was a pretty drastic comparison. The time between 13 and 23 seemed like a loooong time.
But, it really doesn’t seem that long ago since our wedding day – until I think back about all that we’ve done and gone through in the past 10 years. Two big moves between states, jobs, school, babies, buying and selling of homes, etc. A lot happens in the first 10 years of marriage! And because of that, it deserved a special time away, just the two of us.
While heading to a tropical island at the beginning of January sounded amazing, we stuck a little closer to home and headed to the always fun Chicago. Instead of driving like we usually do, we took the train and enjoyed the ride. Taking the train was a lot of fun and we will definitely do it again. With a little planning, we knew we didn’t need our own vehicle in the city. We bought 3 day passes for the CTA and hopped on and off the buses and the Red Line the majority of the time and took cabs when we had our luggage and were all fancied up for our anniversary dinner. Have you been in a cab recently? Prius anyone? Not your typical Yellow Cab.
We stayed right on Michigan Avenue in the heart of the Magnificent Mile at The Allerton Hotel Chicago. It’s such a great location! I only wished a Starbucks was a few blocks closer. 🙂 We arrived on Wednesday and had the most amazing day. We were starving, so we set out to find some good eats in the Windy City. Vacations can be a bit tricky when it comes to finding safe restaurants to eat gluten-free, but I found plenty to eat. Our first stop was at Yolk.
Seriously, you guys. SO good. We were blessed to have a server who was also gluten-free and could help me decide what to eat. That up there is the Santa Fe Frittata – I could have licked the plate. That frittata with fresh fruit and hot coffee totally hit the spot and we were slightly giddy while we ate and people watched. We actually went to another location of Yolk another day and learned to split food because the portions are so big. If you’re in Chicago – go eat there!
That night, we had an unplanned visit with my big, little brother who lives in Chicago. We even timed it right that we hopped onto the same bus he was riding down on from his apartment! Too fun! We headed to Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean”.
My brother is friends with the owners of Tavern at the Park, which is right across the street from “The Bean”, so we headed in their to warm up and have a bite to eat. First of all, it’s a great location and the atmosphere is awesome. The food? Fantastic. (Forgive more iPhone photos)
After saying goodbye to my brother, we finished off the evening with more shopping (after Christmas sales on Michigan Avenue rule). Thursday we headed to The Field Museum. I had never been and it was really amazing! Afterwards, we hit the stores again. I had my first Anthropologie visit (oh.my.word) and we touched everything at Room and Board. A highlight of this day is getting back to our hotel room before dinner and finding these in our room.
Oh, and before capturing a good Photo A Day photo, we acted like this (I can’t believe I’m sharing these):
To be continued…You can read Part 2 here.