Long Weekend in Chicago

Dear Windy City, I think I love you. Chicago is one of my favorite cities to visit and get lost in. Lucky for me, I had a great reason (not that I really need a reason…) to be in Chicago for the long weekend — two of my dear friends were getting married. I wish I was still there … it’s a little too easy to fall in love with the city, its food, the people and its good vibes.

Day 1: Tammie and I walked around Bucktown/Wicker Park area. We made a stop at one of my favorite donut shops: Stan’s Donuts. As we continued to explore the area and its great little shops we stopped in La Colombe for some coffee before heading back home to begin floral tasks for the wedding. In all honesty, Tammie, who is SUPER talented did all of the work. I just watched and played some tunes. In the evening the bride was surprised by her groom with a traditional serenade. It was quite beautiful to see and be a part of.

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Day 2: We took a morning stroll around Wicker Park / Bucktown before heading home to get ready for the big wedding. My sweet friend, Tammie, was hired as the florist which was A TON of work. It was awesome to see her craft come to life. She did an exceptional job with the flowers… from what I heard, the guests couldn’t stop mentioning how beautiful they were.

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The bride and groom got married at Columbus Park Refectory. The weather and venue were absolutely perfect! Here are some photos from the celebration.

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Also, let’s just take a minute to gush on this MUSH sign which the bride and groom made. My friends are so talented. Although my feet were bleeding after non-stop dancing, a few of us decided to keep the fun going by smashing some tacos at Big Star and grabbing a few drinks. This little girl didn’t get some shut-eye until about 2 am. Yikes.

Day 3: Knowing it was Tammie’s last day in Chicago, we thought we would start the day early with a little breakfast at The Bongo Room and I’m so glad we did! Their pancakes were pretty on point. If ever you’re in town, I recommend stopping in there for some decadent pancakes. After that, we walked around, people watched and enjoyed a last cup of coffee together. It was such a blessing to share a few days together — considering we haven’t seen each other in quite a few years.

After Tams left for the airport, I decided to keep exploring. I got stuck at Buzz: Killer Espresso coffee shop a chunk of the afternoon while the rain came pouring down. I sure as heck didn’t mind considering sipping on coffee, listening to music, blogging and people watching are some of my favorite things to do. Also, it doesn’t hurt that people in Chicago are easy on the eyes.

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Can’t wait to visit you again, Chicago.

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