My love affair with Chicago began five days ago, and I was so blessed to experience a whirlwind weekend of adventure and fun. Some favorite memories:
Thursday: After getting settled at our hotel, we enjoyed a cherry-vanilla whiskey at Miller’s Pub and my kind of people at Mother Hubbard’s Sports Pub. Ended the night with karaoke at Blue Frog’s Local 22 … Mandy Moore never sounded so good.
Friday: After taking an architectural boat tour, we had the most incredible Italian dinner at Rosebud (on Rush). Returned to Hubbard for a mini bar crawl and more lady shots at Local 22. And, one of the couples in our group got ENGAGED!! Highlight of the whole weekend by far; congrats, frands 🙂
Saturday: USF v. Notre Dame game in South Bend, Ind. was unforgettable. If you haven’t seen the ESPN recap, Mother Nature delayed the game (twice) for a total of 2 hours and 53 minutes. It was the stadium’s first evacuation in its 123-year history — and totally worth the wait for a big W! Also, Touchdown Jesus (TD JC). ‘Nuff said.
Sunday: Recover from the longest day of football ever? Never. Spent the day at Wrigleyville to catch a Cubs game against the Pirates. Crawled for hours with lots of celebratory drinks — including a few toasts to Tampa legend Lee Roy Selmon, who passed yesterday due to stroke complications. May or may not have gotten us lost on the return train trip … oopsies.
I returned to Tampa this evening, and I am still recounting events that I simply loved. Jamming every minute of every day with activities was totally worth the inevitable crashing I’ll be doing tonight.
Chicago, until we meet again. Xo, Wittyburg