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A Visit to Chinatown With Stephanie

July 15th, 2013 · 4 Comments

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This past weekend my niece Stephanie came to Chicago for her annual summer visit. A few days before Steph’s visit, I started suggesting things we could do. Steph ranked things in the order she was interested and we hit most of her top choices. First up: Visit to Chinatown.

I haven’t spent as much time in Chicago’s Chinatown as I have in New York’s, so I got a ton of advice from my friends on Facebook on where to go. We visited the main part of Chinatown on Wentworth first and visited a bunch of little stores filled to the brim with trinkets and things. Then we headed up to Chinatown Square, which is a big outdoor Chinese mall with a ton of restaurants and shops. After walking around a ton more, we realized it was past 8 p.m., so we headed to Sweet Station for dinner. The menu was huge and we were just going to pick a few things to try and share, but then we ended up trying something different. Steph never had hot pot before, so we decided to give it a try. I’ve never had it in Chicago, and haven’t had it in New York for a couple years, so I was really looking forward to it.

The Red Line is all messed up now and on the way down, we had to take the Blue Line to a hot and crowded bus. I was so tired by then, I could not do the long bus ride to the train, so we just cabbed it home. It was kind of late and we had a big day the next day!

I had a fun night and fun weekend hanging out with Stephanie. I can’t believe she only has one year of high school left!!! Lots of talk of which colleges she’s going to apply to.. and also, she’s taking her driving test this week. CRAZY!!! So grown up!

By the way, this is Steph’s 7th summer visit to Chicago. Check out previous visits:

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2012 Shopping on Michigan Ave., Blue Man Group, MSI
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2011 Trapeze School, Summer Sessions, Manicures
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2010 Segway Tour, Tour de Fat, Summer Sess., Skate Prk
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2009 Adler Planetarium, Cirque, Navy Pier
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2008 Sears Tower, Mill. Park, Art Institute, Retro on Roscoe
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2006 Hanging in Roscoe Village, Shedd Aquarium

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Tessa Takes on Chicago

March 26th, 2012 · No Comments


Tessa’s first CTA ride.


Tessa going to the American Girl store.


Tessa at the American Girl Beauty Salon. Her doll has the red dress on.


Tessa with her doll, Rebecca (or Becky), after the doll’s hair was styled by the experts.


Tessa and Becky on the mega-tron inside American Girl.


Tessa with Woody, who is made of Legos.


Tessa with the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups outside the Hershey’s store.


Weighing in at 5 pounds, this candy bar at the Hershey’s store was pretty difficult for Tessa to hold up!


Tessa was drawn to the horse-drawn carriages. She got to pet this horse.


Uh, she was also drawn to shoes in every store.


Kelly is in trouble with this one!


Such a diva!


She loved the tackiest, sparkliest, highest-heeled shoes!


Tessa’s first taxi ride. (She was talking on the phone to her dad and sisters.)

Over the weekend my cousin Kelly, her 6-year-old daughter Tessa, and friend Misty came from Green Bay to visit me in Chicago. Tessa got an American Girl doll for her birthday recently and wanted to visit the store to get some accessories and things for her doll. She had saved up her money and gift certificates and everything to do this!

To get to Water Tower Place, where American Girl is located, we took the Blue Line to the Red Line. This was Tessa’s first train ride in Chicago. She was born in Washington DC and I have been on the Metro with her there, but she was very young. I wondered if this was the first big-city mass-transit train ride she could remember and enjoy.

Once we got to Water Tower, Kelly and Tessa were kind of on their own. Instead of going to American Girl, I opted to get a relaxing manicure and pedicure and Misty decided to do some shopping on her own. We met back up and did some more shopping. Then picked up Tessa’s doll at the American Girl Beauty Salon where she was getting her ears pierced and her hair styled (I’m not even joking about this). Then we did more shopping. And then Kelly called me into the American Store again because Tessa’s photo was appearing on the big screen in the store! And then we did more shopping. And then we did more shopping. And then we went to dinner. Long day, but fun day! Tessa had a great time, I think we all did. We sure did crash when we got home, though! We had grand plans of wine for us and a bath in the jacuzzi for Tessa and we all ended up just going to bed!

The next day we made a trip to the Lincoln Park Whole Foods (3rd largest in the world) and then Kelly, Tessa and Misty were off for their long drive home. What a fun weekend! Thanks for visiting me, Tessa! (And Kelly and Misty.)

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3639 Wrigley Rooftop

June 1st, 2011 · No Comments


Great view from the 7th floor “sun roof” into Wrigley Field.


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3639 Wrigley Rooftop Badge

We had a Roundarch work outing last week and I was happy to hear we were going to 3639 Wrigley Rooftop. I’d never been to any of the rooftops around Wrigley Field and I was excited to check it out.

3639 Wrigley Rooftop is a multi-level building with many different features. The 1st floor is the main entrance. Actually the 1st and 2nd floors are also private residences. The 3rd floor is a fully enclosed area with multiple bars and all different food and snacks and seating where ever you turned. The 4th floor was partially covered, but still pretty open to the elements. The 5th floor was just restrooms and an area where you could get made-to-order grilled sandwiches (burgers and dogs, etc). The 6th floor was like the 4th, covered, but open. The 7th floor was the “sun roof.” The reason I tell you all this is because unfortunately on the day of our work outing the weather took a turn for the worse. It was about 40 degrees outside, raining and very windy. So, usually this building holds 250 people inside and outside, on all levels, but on that day, they were all trying to jam into the enclosed 3rd floor, where you couldn’t even see the game!

It was fun to get out of the office and check out the rooftops, but this was not the ideal situation. Butts to nuts inside or freeze your ass off outside! I hope Roundarch decides to do this again next year and I hope the weather is better. I think rooftops are probably a really fun day, just not this day exactly! At least the Cubs won!

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