Last week Jess, Sara, Chris and I went to the CHIRP event, The First Time: First City at Beat Kitchen. Like the last few times (1, 2, 3), we had so much fun! This was the first time I went to an event in this series and I didn’t know any of the readers, but I did see and get to catch up with a bunch of my former Chicagoist cohorts – Chuck, Jocelyn, Matt, Jim, and Marcus.
Sara and I met up early and ate outside. Surprisingly, Beat Kitchen has super tasty salads, many to choose from, lots of fresh ingredients. The weather was just right, we were in the shade and there was a breeze. Then we headed in a few minutes early to make sure we could get a seat for the show.
As always, all of the essays were great. Anyone who gets up on stage and reads what they write has more guts than I do. I especially liked Jennifer Lizak’s essay about Chicago and how many generations of her family have lived in the city. After each essay the band plays a song of the essayist’s choosing. The band is so talented. That night they played everything from hip hop to country and western. For real. They played “Homecoming” with Gerald doing the Kanye West rap parts and Steve doing the Chris Martin singing parts. And Gerald showed off his diversity again when he sang the lead for “You Never Even Called Me By My Name” by David Allan Coe. I also liked when they played “Chicago Slow Down” by the local band Canasta. Check out their awesome video for the song below:
The event was $10 and all proceeds went to benefit CHIRP. Follow CHIRP’s Facebook page to make sure you get alerted when the next event is planned! You won’t want to miss it.
A week or so ago I walked up to Chicago and Franklin to a Starbucks there to meet Jen, Jay, and Marcus. Jen and Jay were in town from New York and I finally got to meet their baby, Katie! She’s so adorable. Anyway, I passed by this mural on Franklin & Ontario and stopped to admire it. I can’t figure out what restaurant used to be here. The internet is failing me! This is what the building looks like on Google Streetview:
On Saturday Jessica and I had plans to see Toy Story 3 with Quinn. We met Jen and Quinn and Kristin and Limey at the theater at 10:30 a.m. My friend Marcus needed some kids to borrow to see the movie so he joined us too. The more the merrier!
I think Jen was a little fearful that Quinn would get freaked out and want to leave, but he was so into it. When Woody and Buzz made their first appearances he was so excited he just yelled “WOOOODYYY!!!” and “BUZZ LIGHTYEARR!” and at the end right when the credits started to roll he yelled out that he wanted to watch it again. So funny. He was so upset when we had to leave the theater.
Jess said she liked the movie too. Honestly, it was a bit dark and scary in some parts. I thought Quinn would be scared but he seemed ok.
We heard they also had food, so the plan was to get lunch, then get ice cream. Turns out that they don’t have a grill or anything so all they have for food is like cold sandwiches. They were nice enough to suggest we go just down the block to Dos Toritos, where they have both Mexican food and some grill items. I had a couple tacos, Jess had a grilled cheese. Theeeeennnnnn we headed back to Margie’s. I am happy to report that the new Margie’s doesn’t have those creepy dolls that the Margie’s on Western has, which was a blessing because there were creepy dolls in Toy Story 3 and I might have freaked out a little if they had followed me to the ice cream shop!
Jess was talking to me a bit more on Saturday and she asked if we could go to the park after lunch. While we were eating our ice cream Quinn asked Jess if she wanted to go to his house and play in his little pool, so we decided to do that. It was a hot day and it was good to cool off in the water. Jess and Quinn mostly just ran around the backyard and played in the pool and with a couple water guns. Jen and I both got a bit more wet than we’d have liked, but it felt good. Jess was talking a lot while we were playing, but mostly trying to tell Quinn and I to get her more water for her gun. I had to tell her not to be so bossy. Funny. Try to get the kid to talk for two days then basically have to tell her to be quiet!