A while back a guy in my office emailled everyone in Chicago about some almost free Cubs tickets that were available. Many people in our office travel and have a Starwood Preferred Guest account and they were having a promo offering Cubs-Braves bleacher tickets for a prime “platinum” weekend game this past weekend. The face value of each ticket was $67 but if you used a few of your SPG points, you could get these tickets for about $1 each!. I jumped on it and got the max 4 tickets that I could get. I thought it would be fun to take my dad, since he’d never been to Wrigley Field, and maybe my brother and Amanda or one of the kids. My brother has been to the park twice (first time, second time), but the others haven’t. Anyway, my brother and his family were camping, so Paul and Kate came, but my dad was free so he got to go to Wrigley Field for the first time.
The bleachers were not too rowdy, like they can sometimes be, which was good. I also saw and visited with some other friends from work who hopped on the deal like I did – Chris, Charlie, Waleed. I heard Geoff was there too, but I didn’t see him. We drank a few Shock Top beers, ate a bunch of peanuts, had some hot dogs. The game had a lot of runs and was exciting, even though the Cubs lost. Still a great time!
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I sadly only have about a week or so left of maternity leave ( ) so I decided to take Makai in to the office to meet all of my coworkers. I parked in the Millennium Park garage, which I was a little leery about, but actually wasn’t that hard. At our building’s security desk Makai had to get an official visitor’s pass! Also, while we were in the lobby we got to visit with Kate for a minute before heading upstairs. Kate doesn’t work for Isobar, but she works in the building so that was nice that she could meet up with us!
In the office Makai was on his best behavior. As laid back as ever while he got passed around from person to person, with all of the ladies (and some of the men!) squealing in his face. I planned our visit over the lunch hour so it would not be too disruptive, but we actually ended up staying for almost three hours! Makai only got fussy one time when he was hungry, but otherwise, was so good!
To be honest it was kind of nice to go back to the office for a short, unofficial visit before I go back for real. Maybe it won’t be so weird when I arrive back for my first day now.
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Paul Baker’s birthday at Headquarters was so much fun last year, that we did it again this year! The bar has really expanded, thankfully. They’ve added 7,000 square feet and the new area is much more spacious. I just remember last year it was so packed and took forever to get a beer. The new space has, I think, 2-3 additional bars! I only played a couple games and spent most of my time catching up with Alden and Paul and Kate. I hadn’t seen Paul and Kate since the summer!!
Before the arcade fun, we had dinner at Penny’s. I hadn’t been there forever. After the arcade, Alden and I went to Barrelhouse Flat for one drink. Jess was at a show and tried to get into Headquarters but the line was LONG. Like 50 people. Even with their expanded space. So we met her and Chris and another friend at Barrelhouse Flat. I was so tired from standing all night, though, so then we headed to Paddy Long’s for one more.. then I was out! That was the longest I’d stayed up and out for a looong time and I was TIRED. Fun night, though.
P.S. Emporium Arcade Bar might be opening a second location in Logan Square, by our house, but Headquarters Beercade is also opening a second location in River North in the spring.
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