Since I spent almost a full week in Chicago, I decided to break this up into two posts! When I last left off, I had left Minneapolis after 4 fabulous days there. I flew into Chicago on a Tuesday night, worked Wednesday and Thursdays and then had Friday-Monday morning to enjoy with my friends that were flying in to run the Chicago marathon. This trip was a long time in the making as Amber, Lauren, Anais, and I decided that our next big marathon would be the Chicago marathon. The trip obviously ended up being a very different trip for me than I imagined, but I still had a wonderful time. To be completely honest, there were some very difficult moments on this trip for me, which is to be expected as I am still mourning the fact that running isn't part of my life, probably won't be for awhile, and the fact that it's pretty much out of the question for me to run another marathon. But - I still had an amazing time as I was surrounded by good friends and in one of my favorite cities!
Anyways back to the recap at hand - I worked Wednesday and Thursday and was able to meet up with different friends that live in the Chicago area both nights. After meeting a friend for tea on Thursday, I headed out for dinner and ended up checking out Rick Bayless's quick-service cafe, Xoco, which was SO good. After a string of busy work days, it was nice to have a quiet dinner, read a book, and walk around Chicago.
|The view walking along West Wacker Drive.|
|Chips & salsa, a delicious seafood soup, and a walk along Michigan Avenue|
On Friday morning we got up, grabbed lattes at Starbucks, and headed to the Nike store to catch the shuttle to the marathon expo. It was a beautiful fall day!
|Stripes + lattes all around = a good morning|
We hopped onto the shuttle to the marathon and met up with Lauren and Pete. The expo was MASSIVE but so well organized. It was definitely the best race expo I have been to. Even though I was not running the marathon, I picked up my packet as I figured I might as well get my t-shirt.
|What is not but might have been|
Honestly I had been doing pretty well with the whole not being able to run the marathon emotions. Until I got to the expo. It was hard and there were some tears. Luckily I had good friends around me to offer up hugs and words of encouragement. They didn't make me feel bad for being so sad about not being able to run. I rallied fairly quickly, though, and still had fun walking around the expo.
After the expo, we grabbed a quick lunch and headed over to the Chicago River for the Chicago Architectural Foundation architectural riverboat tour. This is something I had wanted to do for years, but the weather has never cooperated or I haven't had enough time on past trips. Luckily, the weather was perfect on this trip as it was sunny and 75 degrees!
|View from where we started the tour|
After the tour, we grabbed some tea and relaxed a bit before heading up to the Lakeview area for a Thai dinner and the Blue Man Group show, which was very entertaining and a fun thing to do while in Chicago. Our first full day together in Chicago was amazing, but the days only seemed to get better and better! Stay tuned for more...
Have you been to Chicago? If so, what is your favorite thing to do there? I loved the architectural tour, but also love just walking around and of course checking out the bean!