Farewell Chicago

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This post comes a little late, as Kayla and I were mega busy at the end of our summers. I finished my internship, my boyfriend came back from Costa Rica (he was gone all summer), and I moved out of the living room of Kayla’s apartment. I write this post from Whitewater, WI where I go to school. Kayla is in the city and will also post an updated post. But this one is about my last couple weeks in the greatest city.

My boyfriend, Logan, was studying in Costa Rica all summer. We’ve been dating for four years! I missed him like crazy, but I had the greatest summer filled with learning, adventure, and quality twin time. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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Kayla and I spent my last full day in the city adventuring, as we usually did on the weekends. We went to Corona’s Cafe, it’s right off the Sheridan stop in Wrigleyville. The inside was literally the cutest coffee shop I have ever seen and the food was fantastic. I had this Focaccia Bread with pesto, chicken, and tomato. As you can see it was massive; I could hardly finish half of it! Kayla had a chicken pesto panini with a side of pasta salad.

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We decided to head downtown for the day and do some shopping before I was stranded in Whitewater with no shopping nearby. We stopped by Flaco’s Tacos for our typical Mexican food fix. We shared some very spicy enchiladas and tasty guacamole.

I can’t believe I no longer live in the city. But I graduate in May and plan on moving back to Chicago and finding a job in the advertising realm. So see ya later Chicago. The blog posts from me will be chuck full of Wisconsin fun for the next 8 months or so.

Yours Truly,

Shannon

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Wanderers: We Walk Around

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Who says you can’t have ice cream before dinner?! Spoiler alert: it really does ruin your appetite… However, knowing this didn’t stop Kayla and I from enjoying a little ice cream treat from Annette’s off Armitage. We were both entranced with the “cookie jar” flavor: chocolate ice cream, caramel swirl, with bits of m&m oatmeal cookie dough. Yes, it was as good as it sounds.
Beforehand, we spent the morning at Nookies Too nomming on some tasty egg dishes. We decided to just just wander around Lincoln Park and go into various shops.
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After filling up on ice cream, we obviously had to get some dinner. Kayla had been wanting to try this authentic Mexican restaurant off the Belmont stop, so try we did. This summer has been filled with many mexican meals, all of which have been delicious, and Mi Tierra was no exception. Also, the interior decorations were very amusing, look at those colors!

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Check out Kayla blending in with her surroundings!

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Yours Truly,

Shannon

BreakFEST

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Last weekend was another eventful one in Chicago. On Saturday Kayla and I made the familiar trek to Wicker Park for their annual summer festival. We enjoyed some music, free food, and our favorite activity: dog watching. It was unseasonably cold, so that was a bummer, but overall it was a nice time.

I ate at Santullo’s Eatery. It’s a New York style pizza place. My pizza had feta cheese and roasted red peppers, it was also named “The Hipster” so it was basically me in pizza form.

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On Sunday morning we decided to be totally stereotypical and go to brunch. Who doesn’t love brunch?!

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While we originally set out for a breakfast place called Orange, we stumbled upon Kitsch’n and decided to go there instead. We both had tasty pesto omelets! Let me tell you, they were fantastic. Also, look at how cute this place is! Luckily, it was nice enough for us to enjoy our breakfast outside. Afterwards we went to a thrift store and bought some mom jeans that we later transformed into distressed shorts

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Yours Truly,

Shannon

Homeward Bound

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Last weekend Kayla and I went home for the first time all summer! As much as we love the city, it’s always a nice change of pace to spend sometime in the suburbs. We left right after I got off work on Friday, so we could spend as much time home as possible. We didn’t even make it back to our home until late that night because we made our dad drop us off at our friend’s house. We went to a neighboring suburb to enjoy dinner and dessert.
The picture above is of the best place ever. It’s called Cookie Dough Creations, and they literally serve you raw cookie dough! Every child’s dream is realized at this spot.
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On Saturday we spent the day at the waterpark we used to lifeguard at. One of our old (and favorite) supervisors hooked us up with some free tickets. It was nice, and also a little weird to see people we used to work with. The weather was perfect, and it wasn’t too crowded. We also got to soak up the sun, which we don’t get to do enough as we both work an awful lot during the week.
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Yours Truly,

Shannon

Downtown Sound

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Living in Chicago in the summer is nothing short of amazing. The city provides so much to do, and a lot of it is free! This week we went to a chicago program called Downtown Sound, where new bands play in Millennium Park and it is completely free. Luckily the weather was gorgeous, no rain or extreme heat to ruin our time. We brought some food and drinks, and laid in the grass listening to strange hipster dub step. Although the music was not my cup of tea, the company and atmosphere made the whole outing worthwhile.

Shannon (right) and me (left) at downtown sound!
 
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The Big Move

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My first post on the blog! Recently we made a move from Lincoln Park to Wrigleyville. Although it is just over a mile away, they seem like two different worlds. Our old place in Lincoln Park was gorgeous, but the streets are fully of parents and babies, not exactly our age group. But Wrigley is always bustling, with a crazy nightlife, and loads of shops. Our new place is a bit smaller, but already feels like home! We have made the place our own with personal DIY touches. Having Shannon here has been the best part of the summer! Constantly being in the company of my best friend, I really could not ask for more. Excuse my short mushy tangent, back to the change in scenery! Wrigley is home of the Chicago Cubs, a team that may not always win, but sure knows how to have fun! Its been just over two weeks since the move, and its already feeling like home.

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Grown Up Parades

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When you think of parades you generally imagine a nice marching band, random cheerleading teams, and old people handing out candy. This was not that kind of parade.

The above photo is one of the parade route for the Pride Parade in Chicago. Oh my goodness, there were millions of people there. Literally millions.

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One of the best parts of this parade is how you get to dress. The Pride Parade symbolizes a celebration. So what better way to celebrate than dress incredibly ridiculous? This is literally any little girls dream come true. Wearing any and every color, all the accessories you can manage, and act crazy.
 
Luckily we didn’t have to stick it out among the aforementioned millions of fellow parade goers because we have a friend that lived along the parade route.

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Overall it was a really fun day to experience an “adult” parade.

 

Yours Truly,

Shannon