my kind of town


We saw some sights.  Would you like the details?  Oftentimes people don't like seeing vacation photos, so I will keep it brief.


We saw some art.


We ate some cupcakes.  I did not find a baking supply store, nor did I find a cupcake bakery. These were fresh baked desserts at the Grand Lux Cafe, where you pre-order dessert and it is brought warm to your table when you are finished your entree.  Gadzooks, they were soft and fresh and yummy.


Loopy and I had makeovers at the Bobbi Brown counter in Nordstrom:


We had a delightful girls day, including a meetup with our pals Linda and Lulu!  Chocolate was enjoyed, gifts were exchanged.  Linda was also a winner of a Saucy Saskatchewan lipstick, she was lucky commenter number seven so I was able to deliver her prize in person.


Loopy and I hit the mother ship.  I bought myself some happy, but I will share those details another time.


Loopy made Buddy an accomplice to some shenanigans with her stuffed frog, Grins.  He was photographed all over the Windy City, in some sticky situations.


Veto treated us like royalty.  We went to Second City on Saturday night, followed by drinks and a fashionably late dining experience at Ralph Lauren.  Buddy Budderson had us laughing so hard a few eyebrows were raised.  Nevahmind!


We managed the touristy bits.  The Bean!  The Bean!  The Bean!


The frog was everywhere...


... everywhere I tell you!


Friday was  a perfect day in Wrigleyville... weather-wise.  Not a good day for the Cubs.  Milton Bradley had an epic fail:





... even Grins hid his head in shame.


The view from our seats on the third base line.  I did not get hit by a ball this time.



When we go back to Chicago in December, I will meet you under the clock on State Street.


Loopy and I watched a beautiful couple on their wedding day... try as I might I did not capture her fabulous hot pink satin shoes!  Trust me, they were fab.u.lous.


We stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel on Michigan Avenue.  Do not stay there, it was another epic fail of Milton Bradley proportions!  Back to the Hyatt next time.  Stick with what you know.


I lurrve, lurrve, lurrve Chicago.  It's my kind of town.


The coolest thing was easily when Air Force One landed at O'Hare this morning as we waited to take off.  All air traffic was halted as we watched it land.  Marine One was there to meet it and President Obama moved from Air Force One to Marine One and off he went!  Hail to the Chief. Time to go home, now we've seen everything.

43 comments:

KAGS Herself said...

WOW - what a weekend - you'll need to rest up now.
Saskatoon feels better knowing you're home - see you on Saturday!

The Stiletto Mom said...

I'm sorry but could Loopy be any prettier? I think NOT.

Oh how I wish you were going to be there for BlogHer in July. Must meet me some Saucy. :)

PatQ said...

Hi Loopy and Saucy. I'm glad you like my town. When you come back in December the place to go for cupcakes is Swirls. Here's thier website. http://www.swirlzcupcakes.com/ also make a stop at Garrett's popcorn and get the mix. You won't be sorry.

karen said...

Sigh...your trip looks like it was fabulous. I would love to go to Chicago...on my to do list.

{lauryl} said...

fun times! but no cupcake bakeries? that is truly sad. i feel like there is one on every corner here in LA...

Miss Quoted said...

I used to live in St Pete Florida, hometown to Sweet Lou -- and the fact that Milton still has a head is nothing short of a miracle. I think the one thing I miss about Florida is baseball. My springs and summer was planned around baseball. Glad you got out to the game!

Gail :) said...

Looks like you had a great time! I LOVE Chicago! We don't live far from there, a short car trip actually. Somehow we don't get there near enough though. I always love your vacation pics too ;)

Miss Quoted said...

PS... Loopy is just so fresh and gorgeous in yellow and pink. I also love the photo of the bride and groom - the flowers pop right out

alittlebitofscrap said...

Ah, Michigan Ave, now that's shopping! I love the architecture of that city, all those old buildings intrigue me.

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks like so much fun!

Coco said...

My brother lives in Chicago and I can't wait to go visit.

How sweet that Buddy helped Loopy with Grins. That was so cute.

Glad you guys had a good time. Other than the Cubs and your hotel.

The Inept Aspirant said...

So, that first picture is photoshopped, yes?

Laura said...

What a fun trip - love the pictures!

E said...

Sounds like a GREAT trip! I have never been to Chicago even though my husband is from there and my kids have all been at least 3 times I have never been able to go. You make me want to go....now

Linda Crispell said...

It was a a thrill running in to your family the night before our scheduled rendezvous. It makes Chicago seem like such a small town when that happens.
I will give you a list of cupcake spots for your next visit, and I can highly recommend the Park Hyatt.
Thanks for all of the wonderful gifts and I love my Saucy lipstick!!!
Your Pal,
Linda

Jerri-Lea said...

What fun! I must say that Loopy is a knock-out!! What did she think of the new Jonas show?
Glad you had fun, see you Saturday!

Dayle said...

Oh Saucy, only you would get the chance to peek at President Obama from a plane! That is soooo thrilling! Chicago looks amazing...le sigh...

MJ said...

What a relief that you weren't hit by a baseball this year! Glad you mentioned this!

Saucy said...

Yes... that first picture is my little attempt at some Photoshop humour *sighs* but in my dreams (my own mind) we were special guests at the game.

Oh, and Loopy? In the heat of the day at Wrigley Field when everyone else was swooning and perspiring she was COOL TO THE TOUCH as in, I leaned on her to cool off... she is THAT WHITE. On the other hand, we decided she might actually be a vampire. Actually. She is rarely seen in daylight... hates the sun... cool to the touch... white as a ghost... what do you think? Should I be worried??

SandraD said...

Thanks for sharing the highlights of what looked like a fabulous trip.

Amy said...

What a fun trip! I need to convince my DH to take me there some day.

sassy studio said...

a delish trip indeed! that Veto spoils you all!

Lynn said...

I love tourist/vacation pics.
Did you go visit the vagina building?

Suzy said...

What a great weekend had by all! Glad you got to meet up with Linda. Now get working on Graduation....LOL
Keep it Sweet,
Suzy

Kate said...

Very COOL TRIP!!! Mr. Bradley is lucky those fans didn't come out of the stands. That's a pretty big OOPS. Excellent photos Saucy, as per usual!

Tracy said...

Glad you had such a great trip. I want to visit Chicago soon!

3rdEyeMuse said...

that looks like such a blast! I especially love the photo's of Grins - three cheers to Loopy! :)

Welcome Home!!

Junie Moon said...

I'm so glad you're having such a good time. I love seeing Grins all over the place, that's so cute.

Also, I want to say thank you for your recent posts about blogging. My life is so busy right now that I feel awful I can't make it to reading everyone's blogs and leaving comments each day. You've made me feel better about it. I want to enjoy life first and then do the blog thing later.

LoriLyn said...

Sounds like a fabulous trip!!

jkddz said...

See you Saturday... What a great get away! oh Mr.Frog... that reminds me of Flat Stanely!

Miss Quoted said...

on my search for a Sherman Alexi poster, I stumbled across this...

http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=2715

and gee ... who did it remind me of? You future son-in-law is a reader! HURRAY!

Saucy said...

Loopy will lose her marbles. Thanks for the tip! I really should order it for her. Good thing he is a reader, he will fit into our nerdy bunch well. Both Buddy and Loopy spent the majority of their spending money on books at Borders in Chicago. We lugged home heavy knapsacks filled with new reads... some were finished in the hotel before we even left.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. (Anna Quindlen)

the treat girl said...

Oooh what a trip!! Cindy Lou and I haven't been since my mom, sister and I surprised her and took her to get her American Girl doll!!!...then we all got matching bracelets @ Tiffany's!!! We MUST get back sometime!!! Say "Hi" to Grins for us!! :)

YSLGuy said...

I LOVE Juicy Couture!! I just heard that they are getting rid of the Dirty English (Men's line) so I'm a bit disappointed.

I am finalizing everything for your prize and will send it soon. I hope you like it. Thanks again!!

Rosa said...

What a wonderful vacay! It sounds absolutely perfect with and absolutely perfect ending!! Wow. I just love everything but I can't stop thinking about what looked like a cosmopolitan. Mmmmmm. (And that chocolate cupcake, of course.)

dragonflydreamer said...

Thanks for sharing your fabulous vacation with your beautiful photos. Loopy is gorgeous. I see she gets it from her mamma in the makeover shot at the Bobbie Brown counter. I never thought about visiting Chicago, but now I think I will put it on my list. You have a lovely family and family trips just melt my "empty nest" heart. Glad you are all home safe and sound!

queen-of-nostalgia said...

Ah, I love Chicago... I haven't been in almost a year. The family and I need to go back soon!

The frog is killing me :) Too funny!

bluemuf said...

That was a great tour you gave us Saucy and I loved the frog.

Hugs karen

SOINSPIRED said...

Loopy looks beautiful at the baseball game. Wow, she's stunning. I haven't been to Chicago since I was a little girl. Thanks for the tour!

Rue said...

What a great time I had and I wasn't even there! LOL You two girls are so beautiful :)

Oh and yes, that means Walmart ;)

xo,
rue

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What fun! I'm glad you had a great trip:) And I'm jealous you got to meet Linda and Lulu.

stephanie (bad mom) said...

All so fantastic - thank you for sharing!

And is "American Gothic" really that tiny? I'm stunned.

Saucy said...

Yes, like many famous pieces of art, American Gothic is much smaller in person. Things like that blow my mind. I get them all hyped up in my brain and end up a little disappointed... but am never disappointed when visiting the Art Institute of Chicago and seeing the massive size of "Sunday on the Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat (made famous in popular culture by the movie Ferris Beuller's Day Off). It is HUGE. Go. See it.