The weather this weekend was perfect – nearly 80 degrees with blue skies – made extra special by the knowledge that another such weekend probably won’t come around again until May. I’m proud to say that I enjoyed the weekend to the fullest, especially since it conveniently coincided with my birthday and Trisha’s visit.
The weekend in a nutshell. Friday started with a drooling-just-thinking-about-it lunch at Rick Bayless’s XOCO, the best sandwich shop ever. After eating, we moved on to the Chicago Country Musical Festival (Gretchen Wilson) and then the Siskel Film Center to see Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Marilyn Monroe).
On Saturday, we rode bikes along the Lakefront Trail to downtown, where we met up with Melissa.
All together we took an architectural boat tour of the Chicago river , enjoying the views and warm sun.
Melissa was attacked by a giant Lego lion on Michigan Avenue, but managed to escape in time for a bike photo op.
At night there was a small rooftop party with a lot of champagne, gin and chartreuse. My friend’s awesome daughter decorated this pumpkin for me.
Eventually I woke up on Sunday for an autumn-colored ride to the Andersonville neighborhood and fortified myself with gelato from a gorgeous Italian bakery, while more motivated people like Melissa’s fiance Chanh ran the Chicago marathon.
A delicious and decadent French dinner, followed by a long bike ride home, wrapped everything up. Sadly, Trisha has now returned to Nashville – Chicago misses her already.
I feel very lucky for the beautiful weather, bicycle rides and wonderful friends. Here’s to all that!