Early the next morning, (Sunday) we got up & headed back to grandma & grandpa’s house to drop the kids off and the hubby & I were off to Chicago for a business trip for his job!
I tagged along for the ride!
We got to our hotel, only to find out that our room wasn’t ready! So instead of a room with a king size bed, they bumped us up into a suite with two queen size beds instead…..SCORE!!!
The room was AWESOME & the beds were COMFY!!!!
Once we got settled into our room, we quickly changed clothes and got ready for our dinner reservations at RPM Italian! For those of you who don’t know, RPM Italian is Bill & Giuliana Rancic’s new restaurant in downtown Chicago. My husband has a small man crush on Bill Rancic and made reservations early in the week…..this restaurant was kinda the highlight of his trip!
We were hoping to see Bill there, as we’ve been told he pops in from time to time, but no such luck on this trip! Maybe next time!
Monday was a rainy & cold day in Chicago! My hubby was in meetings all day & I stayed in the hotel to get caught up on some blog stuff! Monday night, we had the opportunity to meet up with my husband’s cousin (also in Chicago for business) for dinner at Gino’s East…..their deep dish pizza is to DIE FOR!!! We hadn’t seen Dan in FOREVER (as he & his family live in Indianapolis) & it was a total coincidence that he was also in Chicago for work purposes. It was great to see him & get caught up!
I snapped this picture of them on Michigan Ave. before we had to tell Dan goodbye!
Aren’t they handsome?!
Speaking of Michigan Avenue…..
There was lots of shopping to be done, but my favorite store was this one!
Ahhh…Forver 21 how I LOVE YOU, your CUTE stuff, and your ADORABLE prices! I bought a dress & a few other accessories here & also lucked into a couple more sundresses for summer at H&M.
I really wanted to go in here…..
Biggest Crate & Barrel Ever?!
I’ve never been in a Crate & Barrel and I was really looking forward to checking this one out, however, the store closed at 8:30 and we didn’t make it down that way in time!! BOO!
On Tuesday, the weather was BEAUTIFUL!! The sun finally made an appearance & the temperature was finally in the 70′s! I was able to meet one of my sweet online friends, Katie, from GiGisPetals!!
When I found out we were going to Chicago, I immediately thought of Katie, because I knew she lived in the area! So I emailed her & we made plans to meet up for lunch & do a little shopping downtown! We also got to walk down to see Lake Michigan & I was shocked by how BLUE the water was….
This was the first time I had ever seen Lake Michigan this close! It was beautiful & kinda reminded me of an ocean, but much calmer! GORGEOUS, right?!
Tuesday night, we did more shopping & more eating and then we went back to the hotel & CRASHED!!! Between my lunch date with Katie & walking all over downtown Chicago with my hubby that same evening…I was completely exhausted! I really wish I would have had a pedometer on that day! I had to have walked a gazillion miles…..in FLIP FLOPS nonetheless!
NOT SMART, Tonya, NOT SMART!!!
Here are a few shots of the city I took while we were out walking around….
On Wednesday morning, we got up & got ready to head home, but not before making a stop in Schaumburg, IL to visit IKEA!!!
And that my friends will have to be a post all in itself!! This was my first trip to IKEA ever!! It was AMAZING!! I could have spent days in there….I was even contemplating moving in!!
After leaving IKEA, we started our drive home & I snapped a few pictures of the sky….
I’m not the type to usually get to worked up about clouds, but for whatever reason, I was quite fascinated with them on our way home!
Aren’t they beautiful?!
Definitely one of those moments where I was in AWE of God’s work! What a beautiful place he created for us to enjoy!
Hope you enjoyed this little recap of my week and I hope you had a great one yourself!!!
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