After Jessica’s birthday party, I met up with Dallas and some friends at their lake house. Spending Memorial Day weekend at a lake house sounds awesome, but the weather needs to cooperate more than it did this weekend. It was too cold to spend a lot of time outside, let alone in the lake! Highlights of the weekend were watching Simon ram into things with his cone and when Brian cracked open his Dark Lord beer.
Back Row: Amanda, Megan, Stella, Latha, Deanna, Tonya, Brittany, Anandi, Laura.
Middle Row: Jacquie, Rachelle, Preeti, Christine, Rose, Becky, Heidi, Megan, Jennifer.
Front Row: Laura, Gina, Kim, Carol.
A few months ago the women in Roundarch’s Chicago office got together for lunch at Maison. This isn’t everyone, but most of the ladies in Chicago. The group has grown a lot. When I started you could count the number of women on one hand. I went to the bathroom every day and it was 4-5 days before I ever saw anyone else in the bathroom! Now we’re still outnumbered, but it does feel more balanced.
On Thursday, we had dinner with Adam, Christine, Todd, Kelly, Brian, Sara and Josh at City Winery. None of us had been here before (it’s been open for about 5 months) and our friends are really into wine, so they were definitely interested. City Winery has its house wine on tap and a long list. We drank the tap wine from carafes. Our friends who know said that the list was overpriced. Overall, we thought the food was good, but no one thought any of it was outstanding.
Scofflaw has been open in Logan Square for about 10 months, but I just made it over for the first time on Friday. I met Paul and Kate and Alden for fancy drinks (I had hot buttered rum) and some great food. I thought it was funny that the cocktail menu had a glossary! Loved the atmosphere, and we got there earlyish so getting a great spot to sit was no problem. Can’t wait to go back.
Frasca is not new by any means and I’ve been there many times, but not for a couple years! So, new in my mind recently. On Saturday we met friends for brunch and I ordered a cup of coffee and a small bloody mary and didn’t realize the bloody mary came with a baby beer chaser. I didn’t drink it, but the beverage lineup, along with a glass of water, made it look like I was going to be very hydrated. I also had a great omelette.
Market is not new, but I’d never been there. We went on Thursday before and after dinner at City Winery. The guys discovered that they have ping pong tables there, so we were back after brunch on Saturday to play. On both days, I had hot toddys.
On Saturday night I met Alden at the new Peruvian sports bar in Logan Square. It’s called Suite 25 and we were there to watch the Packer game. It’s only been open for about a month, so I was excited to check it out. We thought it was fine for the game. Plenty of TVs, one a projector. Lots of seating at the bar, a row of booths, and plenty of high tops. One sort of weird area with cheesy leather couches that look like they were purchased from one of those furniture stores on Milwaukee Ave, but whatever. Some dudes plopped down on it and seemed happy enough. I’d recommend leaving as soon as the game is over, especially if the game is ending at 10pm, because this strange DJ came on and played horrible music and people started coming in dressed like they were at a club. Even though the place was filled with sports fans and 20 TVs were playing Sports Center.
We had to get out of Suite 25, so we headed over to Boiler Room. Ok. This is definitely not new. And not new to me. But it’s where the night and the weekend ended. On Sunday, after visiting all these places all weekend, my butt barely left the couch!